Money for schools using technology effectively

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18 Oct 2019

Information on the Demonstrator shools and colleges programme is available on the GOV.UK website:

About the programme

The DfE is running a selection exercise to identify Demonstrator schools and colleges who are using technology effectively, and who are keen to share their experience and support other providers. This may include offering support and guidance on the effective use of technology to help reduce teacher workload, help create efficiencies, improve accessibility and inclusion, and ultimately support excellent teaching and learning.

The successful Demonstrators will receive between £75,000 and £150,000 in grant funding to support the delivery of this programme.

22 November deadline and criteria

The following performance data criteria must be at least average for 2017 to 2018. Schools and colleges applying must meet all applicable criteria.


  • Phonics results for 2017 to 2018 published date are at or above 91% at the end of year two

KS2 schools at or above national average for:

  • Reading, writing and mathematics (as defined in the DfE performance tables)

KS4 schools and colleges, at or above national average for:

  • Progress 8 scores
  • Attainment 8 scores
  • 9 to 5 pass rate in English and Mathematics
  • percentage of pupils entering the EBacc.

KS5 schools and colleges Institutions offering KS5 must meet the following criteria, depending on where the pupil majority lies (for example, for institutions where over half of pupils are sitting A levels, the A level APS scores would apply):

  • At or above average A level APS score (32.12) or
  • At or above average Tech Level APS score (28.11).

For KS2 and KS4 data see DfE published data for guidance.

Bids from consortiums of schools or colleges are welcome, but the lead bidder must satisfy the minimum criteria.

Applicants should be aware that if successful at EOI sift, further information will be required at the interview stage. Applicants should be prepared to provide more in-depth project planning information at this point. This includes:

  • Project planning, including a detailed plan of activity across year one and year two of the programme
  • Costing schedule, including a detailed plan of how the funding will be spent
  • Accessibility and inclusion, including demonstration of a solid understanding of technology to support accessibility and inclusion.

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Last updated: 18 Oct 2019

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