Action Research Grants & Funding

Raise educational standards in your school by addressing the latest challenges and developments through innovation. As a Partner School, you gain access to expert guidance, resources, funding and mentoring.

The call for proposals for the 2024/2025 round of Partner Schools Action Research Grants is now closed.

Partner School leaders and teachers interested in action research and development can log into our Online Support for Schools (OSS) platform, where you can find resources, forums and webinars on conducting action research.

What is the Partner Schools Action Research programme?

The Partner Schools Action Research programme supports teachers and school leaders drive meaningful improvements in leadership, teacher development, technology and student outcomes, fostering a culture of continuous professional development and innovation within the educational community.

 

How do schools benefit from Action Research? 

The Partner Schools Action Research programme supports schools looking to enhance learners’ educational outcomes. With this support, schools can:  

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Benefit 1:

Tackle educational challenges and embrace new developments with innovations to uplift teaching and learning standards. 

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Benefit 2:

Enhance the educational journey for students at our Partner Schools, creating more engaging, effective, and enriching learning experiences. 

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Benefit 3:

Foster a collaborative environment of growth and learning by sharing insights, enhancing skills, and contributing to best practice through training, events, and scholarly publications. 

What are the focus areas of this years' Action Research Grants programme 

Artificial intelligence
Using Artificial Intelligence in developing high quality teaching, learning and assessment 
promote school improvement
Developing leadership at all levels in schools
Developing effective Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes
Developing effective Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes  

How does the programme provide additional support to Partner Schools?  

expert guidance on conducting, reporting, and disseminating your research findings
An assigned academic lead provides expert guidance on conducting, reporting, and disseminating research findings, ensuring the project achieves its objectives
specialised support through online tutoring and interactive training
Access to specialised support through online tutoring and interactive training sessions, designed to improve research skills and knowledge
broaden your research perspective
Peer-to-peer discussions and collaborations, offering a platform to exchange ideas, challenge assumptions, and broaden the research perspective 

Enhance your school's academic stature and contribute to the global education landscape with our Action Research programme. This opportunity allows your institution to publish its findings on national and international platforms, increasing your visibility and influence within the academic community while driving forward educational excellence. 

Grant application window for 2024/2025 is currently closed

If you are an existing Partner School, click the button below to register your interest for next year's Grants. We will contact you closer to the application window with further information. 

If you are not currently a Partner School but would like to join our Partner Schools Programme to access next year's Grants, start your application journey below. 

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Online Support for Schools (OSS)

Exclusive professional development hub for educators and school leaders from Partner Schools.

Partner Schools Connect 

Collaborate on joint classroom-based projects with teachers and students from our global Partner Schools community.

Schools Now! conference

Network with peers from around the world at our annual international conference devoted to sharing educational best practices.

Action research grants

Explore funding, professional resources, and mentorship to perform your own educational research.

Your World video competition

Participate in our global video competition where students showcase their creativity and perspectives.

Student safeguarding 

Prioritise student safety with resources and training on safeguarding that promote safe and inclusive learning environments.

FAQs

What financial support will you get?

We’ll support successful applicants in their action research through funding and with an assigned expert academic lead to guide them on how to conduct, report and share their research findings. 

Grants available

The total amount of funding available per applicant for the programme is up to £2,500. 

What are the areas of research?

The research areas cut across various relevant themes to drive school improvement such as,
  • Using Artificial Intelligence in developing high quality teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • Developing leadership at all levels in an educational setting to promote school improvement. 
  • Developing effective Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes.
  • Cross cutting themes of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

What academic support will you get?

  •  Expert support, guidance and mentoring in producing innovative research through online tutoring and workshops
  • Guidance in undertaking peer to peer conversations with colleagues in shared exploration and research
  • Assistance in the final preparation of the research paper and publication
  • Support to share findings through conferences and training. 

 

What are the benefits for researchers and schools

  • Researchers will have the opportunity to have their research published and shared on national and international platforms.  
  • Researchers will have the opportunity to deliver research papers at national and international conferences. 
  • Participating schools' profiles will be raised within the international education community.  
  • Researchers will have the skills to support training within school. 
  • Schools and students will benefit from improved teaching and learning. 

What are the benefits for the wider school community?

  • Action Research will create opportunities for British Council Partner Schools to draw on both theory and practice to find global solutions. 
  • A bank of themed practitioner led research papers addressing key educational issues will be made available.  
  • The practice by researchers will develop a culture of action research within the local, national and international school community. 

What are the current application windows?

The call for proposals for the 2024/2025 round of Partner Schools Action Research Grants is now closed. The next round of Grants for 2025/2026 will open soon.

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Have a research idea? 

Educators globally have leveraged this opportunity to produce practitioner-led research on pivotal educational issues and so can you! Become a British Council Partner School today and gain access to grants, resources, forums, webinars, and so much more.