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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 up to £5,000. 

The 2020/2021 Curriculum Investigation Grant will open March 2020

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 will be launched for the academic year 2020/21, and is worth up to £5,000 for the winner, with £3,500 for two other grants, for a total of £12,000. This is dependent on the number and quality of applications received. We would expect the grant work to be carried out in the 2020/21 academic year with the final report being submitted by September 2021.

This prize, awarded biennially, acknowledges the importance of research led by schools and colleges’.

The BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant is for applicants who are based within schools and colleges. 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;

While it is possible that the applications will include collaborative partnerships with HE institutions we are keen to support schools and colleges led research and therefore ask the primary applicant to be based in a school or college.

Applications will be scored out of 5 in each category and weighed 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, and conforms with BERA ethical guidelines
  • (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 (maximum 3,000 words)
  • A post project evaluation detailing proceedings form the project (ie events, studies, meetings)
  • An article for BERA’s magazine Research Intelligence

BERA and BCF will support the successful applicant in the following ways:

  • Complimentary BERA membership for up to 3 members of the project team working in the school or college. (Colleagues in HE institutions are not eligible for free BERA memberships)
  • A member of BCF steering committee will act as a point of contact and support for the project and be available for the duration of the
  • Copy-edit, design, publish and market the public facing final
  • A BERA Blog
  • Lend events assistance for any key events led by the project team. The level of support may vary depending on discussions with the BERA events manager

Past Grants

2018/2019

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

What is ‘Variation’ in Early Years Mathematics?
Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Devon
RI article coming in issue 141

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

RI article coming in issue 142

2016/2017

Diversity and Resolving the Digital Skills Crisis
Project Leads: Vladlena Benson and Stylianos Hatzipanagos, University of West London 
Read about the project here

About the BCF

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.

Click here to find out more about the BCF