Three weeks ago we launched a pilot crowdfunding platform just for schools. Here's a summary of the projects.
Three weeks ago we launched a pilot crowdfunding platform just for schools, on a mission to reduce educational inequality and empower teachers to innovate in the classroom (see the launch blog here for more info).
This article celebrates our first 10 pioneering schools and shares some of what we've learned so far.
1. Get the whole school behind it: The first project to reach its target was The Hyde School's 'Operation robotics', which reached its target within two weeks of launching (and while the teacher who created the project was on holiday!). Their success highlighted the value of getting the whole school behind the project: every member of staff shared it with their contacts; they posted it on their school's website homepage and the students made the pitch video. The 3D printer they fundraised for will also be used by the whole school and fully integrated into next term's lesson theme.
2. There is educational value in the process itself: The teachers who included their students in the pitch creation and marketing aspects of the crowdfunding process have reported widespread engagement and enthusiasm for the project. They also commented on how much both they and their students learned from the process.
3. You'll be surprised how much some people will donate: The old adage "if you don't ask, you don't get" is definitely appropriate here. We've had a few donations of around £500 each, which surprised everyone. Schools have reported how previously they had no mechanism to enable large donations and have enjoyed galvanising their community.
So congratulations to the schools that have already reached their targets and good luck to the schools that aren't quite there yet - our fingers are crossed!
Here's a summary of all 10 projects and their goals:
Newington Green Primary School (Islington, London)
Sherwell Valley Primary School (Torquay, Devon)
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The Hyde School (Hendon, London)
Southwold Primary School (Hackney, London)
Ryefield Primary School (Hillingdon, Middlesex)
Bristol Cathedral Choir School (Bristol)
Deptford Green School (Lewisham, London)
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Morpeth School (Bethnal Green, London)
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The Douay Martyrs Catholic School (Hillingdon, Middlesex)
Erith Secondary School (Bexley, London)