BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant





The BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant is intended to support research led by schools and colleges with a focus on curriculum inquiry and investigation. The grant, awarded biennially, is worth £5,000. 

The British Curriculum Forum aims to bring together all those with an interest in collaborative curriculum, research and development. Through events, awards and grants, the BCF supports communication and collaboration in the study and practical implementation of the curriculum in schools, colleges and wider educational settings. Connecting schools, colleges, universities and others, our work promotes the study of theoretical, innovative and practical aspects of the curriculum, drawing on a rich history, spanning more than 40 years, and continuing the tradition of research and development founded by Laurence Stenhouse.

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The 2018/2019 Curriculum Investigation Grant is now Open for Applications

The grant is for the academic year 2018/19 and we expect the project work to be carried out in the 2018/19 academic year with the final report being submitted by September 2019.

Applications must make clear how the grant will enable applicants to do the following:

  • Identify an issue impacting on the development of an aspect of the curriculum in their school/college;
  • Design, implement and evaluate a response to the issue identified;
  • Disseminate the processes and outcomes of the inquiry/investigation within the school/college;
  • Develop a strategy to sustain curriculum investigation/inquiry within the school/college;
  • Contribute to research and scholarship in the study of the curriculum;

We are keen to support schools and colleges led research and therefore ask that the primary applicant is based in a school or college.

The deadline for applications is July 2, 2018.


Project support will include:

  • £5000 in project funding 
  • Complimentary BERA membership for up to 3 members of the project team working in the school or college.
  • Events assistance for any key events led by the project team.
  • Copy-editing, design, publishing and marketing of the public facing final report.
  • An academic point of contact and support for the project.

Applications will be weighted against:

  • Potential for impact on school/college curriculum
  • Applicability of research to others in similar educational setting/sector
  • Research quality, including rigour, transparency and validity
  • (Potential) impact for policy-makers, practitioners and other research users

Expected outcomes of the project and of the project team are:

  • An external public-facing final report detailing key findings from the research project and how these findings might be taken forward
  • An internal report to BERA/BCF detailing proceedings form the project (ie events, studies, meetings)
  • An article for BERA’s magazine Research Intelligence
  • At least one BERA Blog


Past Grants



Local language, school and community: curricular innovation towards closing the attainment gap.
Banff Academy, Aberdeenshire

Exploring task design as an enabler of leading teaching in secondary schools: practical curriculum development through the use of theory
Icknield Community School, Oxfordshire

What is ‘Variation’ in Early Years Mathematics?
Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Devon


Diversity and Resolving the Digital Skills Crisis

Project Leads: Vladlena Benson and Stylianos Hatzipanagos, University of West London 

Read about the project here