NSN to launch new Innovation Fund

New Schools Network (NSN) is today announcing a brand new innovation fund, which will support innovative thinking and activity in the education sector.

Since NSN’s inception 13 years ago, the charity has passionately advocated for a future in which every child has an equal chance to succeed in life, irrespective of their background. As a grant-giver, NSN will continue to champion this vision and important work until the fund is fully distributed.

The £650,000 fund will support free schools and academy trusts in the education sector that share NSN’s commitment to ending educational inequality once and for all.

The NSN Innovation Fund will be open to applications from Autumn 2022, and will be particularly interested in supporting recipients that are:

  • breaking the barriers of disadvantage and encouraging innovation in education;
  • working to ensure that every child – no matter their background, income, or geography – can access an excellent education advocating for young people; and,
  • promoting high impact educational innovation, particularly targeted in left behind communities in England.

David Ross, Chair of NSN said:

“NSN has a proud history of advocating for educational equality, for a system in which every child can attend a good school, and in supporting innovation to achieve this goal. I am delighted that the Board of Trustees has taken the decision to make available a brand new fund that will support those who wish to continue this work. 

“Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that innovative thinking and new ways of doing things are encouraged, so that every child in every community genuinely has the best possible start in life.”

More detail on the NSN Innovation Fund will be made available in the coming months. For free schools and their academy trusts wishing to register their interest, they should provide their details here.