Prime Education Fund

Prime Education Fund

The Prime Education Fund (PEF) is funded by Babcock Prime. It aims to provide £50,000 on an annual basis to support ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Worcestershire from 0-25 years of age. It opens up opportunities for schools, organisations and educational projects to generate new ideas and approaches to improve the life chances of all children and young people.
The Prime Education Fund awards panel is particularly interested in projects which focus on learning and achievement where children and young people are given opportunities to succeed and be heard, and where the workforce is skilled and well-motivated.

  • This could include:
  • leadership development
  • extending educational opportunities
  • promoting community based intergenerational projects
  • large-scale collaborative events or high profile education conferences


Who can apply?

The Prime Education Fund awards panel wants to hear from schools, organisations and educational projects that exploit innovation and show a real ambition to enable children and young people in Worcestershire to thrive and flourish.

Maximum grant of £20,000 may be awarded to each project.


The next deadline for bids is Friday 7th June 2019.

The PEF Awards Panel meets annually each year to review applications.


How to apply

  1. Read the guidance and criteria carefully

  2. Complete the application form 

  3. Include all relevant information and make sure that we have all the information we need to assess your application

  4. Submit your application to



If you would like to to discuss your project idea, please contact:


Your bid will be considered by the Awards Panel at its meeting w/b 17th June 2019. Applicants will be contacted after this date to receive confirmation of the panel’s decision.


If funding is approved, the contact officer will complete the allocation process by sending out an email confirmation including a funding agreement form. Once this is returned, payment can be made. Evidence of expenditure (i.e. invoices and/or receipts totalling the amount given) should be sent through to the contact officer in line with the timescales agreed in the funding agreement.


Previous Prime Education Fund projects

Abberley Primary School - Wacky Races Project

This project enabled pupils at the school to learn curriculum subjects in an innovative and creative way.

Read more about this project

Wolverley CofE Secondary School - Family Fusion Project

This project engaged children and their families with a variety of fun learning activities to enhance academic performance

Read more about this project

Holywell Primary and Nursery School - Butterfly Effect Project

Holywell school organised a project to creatively express the important messages surrounding mental health

Read more about this project

Blackwell First School - Outdoor Nursery Project

With funding from the Prime Education Fund, Blackwell First School was able to develop innovative practice that supports children's mental wellbeing and school readiness through the development of an outdoor nursery.

Through a programme of professional development for staff and the development of high quality nursery education, children's progression has been better than expected for 100% of learners, including those with significant SEND and 91% of children are already school ready (February 2018).

Read the case study: How an effective outdoor nursery education supports early learners in becoming school ready.


Criteria and Guidance

Prime Education Fund Application Form

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