Grants Workshop 2016

As one of our members remarked at this years BFSS Grants Workshop, the event is well on the way to becoming a ‘new tradition’. Each year we get enthusiastic feedback about the new ideas they’ve picked up and the value the workshop has given. We are passionate at BFSS about helping build the capacity of the sector, and our grant recipients all say how rare it is to be able to get together with their peers, to share best practice and ideas. For BFSS, it is an invaluable chance to work with charities to improve the effectiveness of the grants we make; that’s why this year’s focus was ‘Maximising Potential for Success’.

TP1000851his was our Fourth BFSS Grants Workshop.  It was attended by  43 Grant Recipients, as well as Trustees and Members of the Society.  BFSS Vice-President, Professor John Furlong, former Director of the Oxford University Department of Education chaired, and presentations were made by Council Member, Professor Joy Palmer Cooper on her analysis of “BFSS Grants Awarded and their Impact” {link to paper] which led to lively discussions.  Chair of the Grants Committee, Peter Miller, also gave a presentation on the BFSS Perspective which was followed by an update on grants and a Q&A session.

The workshop was split into a number of sessions to allow participants to focus on the most challenging and pressing themes. You can read about the conclusions the groups reached, in the full report, Report on 2016 Workshop. Of particular interest were the discussions on Evaluation, and on Managing Unforeseen and Other Potential Hazards – which openly .discussed the good, the bad, and even the ugly. One of the features this year was the regional networking cluster groups, allowing participants to share very specific, regional experiences, and have the opportunity to make connections for future projects.  Maybe the most positive feedback we received was how much participants look forward to the next Workshop.

Changes at the BFSS

Our Director Dominic O’Reilly has left the Society. We have been joined on an interim basis by David Crowther as acting director who will provide a range of services to support the work of the Society. David has wide experience of educational assessment and qualifications particularly in South East Asia, China and the Middle East and across all sectors of education.

Please address all general and membership enquiries to Belinda Lawrance

Grants correspondence should be sent to

BFSS Impact Analysis Report

This Publication is dedicated to the work of Imogen Wilde, the Society’s Director who
stepped down at the end of March 2016 after seven years of service to the Society. The idea
of Society Occasional Publications was Imogen’s and so it is fitting that this publication,
commissioned during her period of office, should recognise this aspect of her contribution to
the Society.

That an analysis of reports from such a wide range of grant recipients has been possible owes
much to the developments led by Imogen carefully to agree specific project outcomes with
grant applicants and the introduction of an evaluation reporting framework for all grants.
The Society’s thanks are due to Professor Joy Palmer Cooper, Society member and newly
elected Councillor, who has carried out this analysis over the past months alongside her wide ranging contribution to charitable and public service work both in the UK and in Sri Lanka.

Follow link to read Impact Analysis Report