This fund will support up to 20 organisations with up to £100,000 to improve, evaluate and grow the reach of digital tools across four challenge areas:
- Formative assessment
- Essay marking
- Parental engagement
The EdTech Innovation Fund grants will support:
- Improvement - improving and testing early-stage products that want to grow their reach and impact
- Implementation - supporting products to expand their reach to more schools, colleges and students
- Evidence - supporting organisations to build the evidence base for what works in the four challenge areas
The financial support will last for a period of up to 18 months and grantees will have access to non-financial support relevant to their individual needs provided by Nesta. Please find further details in the selection criteria and fund Frequently Asked Questions. We also held webinars for potential grantees (dates now passed) and have posted the slides and a recording at the bottom of the Frequently Asked Questions.
Technology can help support the needs of teachers and learners. We want to work with industry and the education sector to support products that can tackle some key challenges in education.
Nesta has a long history of supporting technology in education through investments, research and policy. Our recent report, Educ-AI-tion Rebooted, showed the potential for new digital technologies to transform our education system. By working in partnership with the Department for Education we hope to have a greater impact on the education system and the EdTech sector.
The Department for Education launched its Education Technology Strategy, Realising the potential of technology in education, in April 2019. As part of this strategy, the government outlined ten EdTech challenges to stimulate industry, education and academia to work towards. As part of these challenges, DfE aims to:
- Cut teacher time spent preparing, marking and analysing in-class assessments and homework by two hours per week or more.
- Improve parental engagement and communication, whilst cutting related teacher workload by up to five hours per term.
- Show how technology can facilitate part-time and flexible working patterns in schools and colleges, including through the use of time tabling tools.
- Show that technology can reduce teacher time spent on essay marking for mock GCSE exams by at least 20%.
Through this partnership, we will to work towards some of these challenges through more effective use of technology.