About us

The Laurel Trust is a charity with a track record of supporting schools serving disadvantaged communities to make sustainable differences to children’s learning and life chances. We provide grant-funding and work together with schools and other agencies to put evidence informed research into practice.

Our approach is characterised by ethical leadership, moral integrity and a commitment to raise hopes and horizons for vulnerable children and their families.

In recent years we have supported imaginative and successful research projects nationwide in very diverse settings including areas of deprivation and disadvantage in cities, urban, rural and coastal areas.

See Locations Map below.

Why areas of multiple deprivation 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 Purpose

Our purpose is partnerships with schools, their communities and other agencies to widen opportunities and reduce disadvantage for all children and young people through securing improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and leadership.

Invitation to Tender

The Laurel Trust is a grant-giving charity that supports research and innovation in areas of socioeconomic deprivation throughout the country to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

The Trust is seeking an experienced and forwardthinking provider to lead its exciting work with schools and their partners and to make a significant contribution to the charity’s core purpose and change children’s learning and life chances.

Safeguarding children is of paramount importance to The Laurel Trust and providers will be vetted. This will include obtaining an enhanced DBS check(s) as appropriate.

Tender details will be issued on Monday

1st July


The submission date for tenders has now been extended to Friday

16th August


Interested bidders are invited to contact our Chair of Trustees for a preliminary discussion.

Contact Bill Goddard: billgoddard11@gmail.com

The tender pack with full details of how to apply can be found below, or click here to download.

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.

Funding for research and innovation

Every year the Trustees invite applications from collaborations of schools that wish to conduct some imaginative research and innovation to improve outcomes for children, their families and their communities.

A new recruitment round when schools will be invited to apply for funding will take place in November 2024