ASCL Educational Development Trust

The trust supports and promotes research into aspects of education and supports projects relating to education in any part of the world as the trustees deem appropriate.

The trustees are ex officio: Presidential Trio, Hon. Treasurer, Hon Secretary and General Secretary.

Recent projects have included:

  • Primary Language Awareness - Discovering Language, a project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to develop new approaches to the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in primary schools. The project is managed on behalf of ASCL by Peter Downes, a former President of the Association and a modern languages teacher, supported by a working group of teachers, teacher trainers and an LEA MFL adviser.

  • Building schools in Namibia

  • Improving schools and the lives of young people in Namibia

  • Helping schools and young people to recover from the tsunami in Sri Lanka

  • Partner Schools Worldwide - a two way collaborative project which aims are to support links between secondary schools in the UK and schools in the developing world to create and sustain genuine partnerships that engage the students, generate reciprocal educational value and mutual respect.

  • The 2020 Futures Project - led by Robert Hill with financial support from Becta and Edison Learning, culminated in 2010 with the publication of the last of the eight briefing papers and a summary document. The project examined the wider trends that will impact on education in the next ten years and looked at eight topics individually: changes in population, climate change, health and wellbeing, technology, brain science, public services, society, and the economy. The briefing papers and summary are available for download on the ASCL website and are still very timely and relevant for influencing and shaping policy direction.