Discover the latest initiatives for raising money, and find out how to tap into free resources for your school


WEBSITES We have updated our websites for FundEd and our sister title, PTA+. At you can now find a range of inspiring school case studies under the ‘Fundraising success’ tab, while free ‘how-to’ guides and other valuable resources can be found in our ‘Advice hub’. For access to our grants database, you will need to log in as before. At, navigation has been streamlined to make it easier to find information about fundraising schemes, event planning and running a PTA. The site’s new county pages also enable PTAs to access local fundraising resources, as well as offers from suppliers in their area.

Free PSHE resources

Discovery Education is giving UK primary schools free access to its digital PSHE programme ‘Health and Relationships’ until October. Edited by a PSHE expert and former National Curriculum advisor, the resources will help teachers plan, deliver and evidence the new DfE objectives for the RHE curriculum, and can be used in school or for home learning. Many of the topics covered – such as feelings of loneliness, isolation

and coping with change – have special relevance to the current challenges children face. Teacher Andrea Taylor, of Newland House School, Twickenham, says: ‘Returning to school after the first lockdown, we used the Health and Relationships programme to supplement our recovery curriculum. This was useful not only for children but for teachers as well, providing resources to help us explore and address any concerns or anxieties.’ Free access is available until 31 October and primary schools can register


CROWDFUNDING Crowdfunding platform InvestMyCommunity (formerly DonateMySchool) has relaunched its service to incorporate new features. A ‘donator pays the fee’ option enables campaign donors to contribute a little extra to cover the cost of the platform’s fees. This means that campaigns will

see the full value of their donations, while InvestMyCommunity still covers its costs. So far, more than 70% of supporters have used this option when donating. The site also has an option for

individuals (pupils or teachers, for instance) to set up their own sponsorship pages to raise money individually for a school campaign.

at After this, annual charges will apply, based on school size and starting at £275.

EMBEDDING ESSENTIAL SKILLS The not-for-profit Skills Builder Partnership has funded places available for schools to join its year-long training programme on teaching essential skills in schools. Skills Builder’s staff of former

teachers have worked with industry experts to identify the eight essential transferable skills that pupils need to succeed. This approach is backed by the Careers & Enterprise Company, the National Literacy Trust, the Gatsby Foundation, Business in the Community, and more than 200 other organisations.

State-maintained primary,

secondary and special schools that have not previously been on Skills Builder can apply to join the free programme. Support is provided to a school staff member who will become the skills leader for their institution, working to embed skills teaching in a way that suits their school, whether through pastoral time, schemes of work or designated skills days. Application deadlines for the 2021/22 programme are 2 April, 28 May and 2 July. To find out more, go to

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