The Sutton Trust - Parental Engagement Fund

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Family Support | Children | Adults | Other | Children And Young People
Amount Awarded
Year Awarded
Length of Award
36 months
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When starting school, children from the poorest backgrounds are 19 months behind their most affluent peers of the same age in development of vocabulary. Studies have shown this attainment gap between pupils eligible for free school meals and all other pupils persists through school. At age eleven the gap between Free School Meals pupils and their peers stood at 19% in reading, writing and mathematics in 2013.

We are working together with the Sutton Trust  on a £1 million Parental Engagement Fund to support organisations to develop methods of working with parents to bridge the attainment gap in the early and primary school years.

The Parental Engagement Fund will complement the work of the Education Endowment Foundation and aims to develop evidence on approaches that work, may be scaled and contribute to best practice guidance for the sector as a whole. It will support the growth, increased effectiveness and measurement of impact of projects, led by not- for- profit organisations, aimed at improving children’s cognitive development through parental engagement, for up to three years from Spring 2015.

To have the greatest impact, our funding should be the catalyst for further support, and through this partnership with the Sutton Trust we hope to help charities with great ideas to grow and prove their models for parental engagement, enabling them to get the evidence, recognition and funding they need, and parents and children the future they deserve.

This grant fits our children and young people priorities under Early years development, and our aims as work which will catalyse system change.