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The Bell Foundation is developing a new ESOL Programme which will include investment in projects and partnerships which improve outcomes for ESOL learners. The Programme will focus on young people aged 16 to 25 and migrant workers, including refugees and asylum seekers.
Working in partnership, the Foundation will test and trial ESOL approaches which will improve retention, progression and access to additional training and employment. In partnership, the Foundation will work to convene local and national stakeholders in ESOL, provide monitoring and evaluation support.
Projects would aim to address one or multiple elements of the below:
The Foundation is interested in exploring partnerships which:
The Foundation is interested in transferring trial approaches from other areas of education and adult learning into ESOL, recognising that learners may need to have other needs met in order to meaningfully engage in ESOL provision.
The first partnership in the programme is with the Institute of Education, University College London, to investigate the attainment and progression of young people with ESOL needs. More information on this partnership can be found on the ESOL Partners page.
Additional partnership information is available on the Partner with Us page.
The Bell Foundation uses a simple two-stage application process to make sure potential partners’ work is strategically aligned. The first stage is the submission of a two-page project brief. Shortlisted organisations will then be invited to submit a full proposal:
Organisations interested in applying should submit a (no more than) two-page brief, as a Word document attachment, via email by 5pm, Friday 20 November 2020, outlining:
Please put your organisation name and “ESOL Programme Partnership” into the subject line of your submission email. Email the submission for the attention of Laura Cook, Policy and Programme Manager: email@example.com
After an initial assessment, those potential partners which appear to make a significant contribution to the programme objectives will be invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for the final proposal will be the week commencing 25 January 2021. Please note that the Foundation conducts due diligence on organisations before grants can be made to them. It is anticipated that the first round of grants will be awarded in March 2021.
A second round of applications for grants from the ESOL Programme will open in spring 2021.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the above.