About us

The Laurel Trust is a recently formed charity founded to support research and innovation for schools and academies in areas of multi-deprivation including opportunity areas.

In the past two years we have supported 22 imaginative projects in diverse geographical areas including Northumberland and Sheffield, the rural and coastal areas of Suffolk and Blackpool.

This year we will be funding further projects that will make that make a crucial difference to children’s lives and that excite and interest us!

The Projects

All projects will need to demonstrate impact in the short-term but also build capacity and capability for longer term sustainability.

They should not only add to the local context but be capable of being disseminated regionally and nationally to benefit the wider school-led system.

Our Purpose

The intention of the Laurel Trust is to create strategic partnerships with schools to secure improvement in the quality of teaching, learning and leadership thereby widening opportunity and reducing disadvantage.

It wishes to do so through action-led school-based research, innovation and evidence-based developments which focus on securing equity and closing the gap. We will therefore be inviting grant applications for funding from collaborations of primary schools, early years settings and special education in areas of deprivation, challenge and disadvantage including opportunity areas. Projects need to be focused explicitly on meeting the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable learners.

Why areas of multiple depravation and disadvantage?

Low social mobility and lack of educational opportunity is one of the biggest social challenges of our time.

There is a very large research-base to show that children from families living in poverty do less well in early life, fall behind their peers in school and have more employment and mental health problems throughout adult life.

Our Values

Underpinning all the work of the Laurel Trust are our inclusive values of:

We expect the communities of schools that work with us to reflect and practise these values.

Going Forward:
Funding Applications

The Trustees plan to open another round of applications for funding on 3 MAY 2019. This year the Trustees wish to award grants for research and innovation that will raise expectations and outcomes for vulnerable learners.

Case studies from two of the pilot projects and posters of the current projects give illustrative examples of the work of schools. We are holding a briefing meeting for those collaborations of schools/academies thinking of making an application for funding. It will be held the The Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ at 12.30 on 21 MAY. You are invited to send one representative.

BY 16 MAY 2019

Current Research Projects

This year in partnership with schools we have a variety of creative research projects supporting children with SEND, their teachers and in some of the projects, their parents/carers. The projects are happening in areas of deprivation across the country from Blyth in Northumberland to Bexhill in East Sussex.

Click on the thumbnails below to view each project’s poster

The Laurel Trust is currently recruiting new Trustees
Find out more or apply to become a trustee

More exciting things coming soon...