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Innovation Fund to Address ‘Risk-Averse’ Culture in Scottish Education

Michael Behr

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Scottish education

Open to all teachers, the new fund will help fund innovative new projects.

The Glasgow Academy has launched its new PINEAPPLE innovation fund to support teachers develop new tools and resources.

One of the only privately-backed innovation funds in Scottish education, PINEAPPLE is available to teachers across the country. With the aim of encouraging innovation in education, the fund will help teachers get their projects off the ground.

The launch of the fund comes at a crucial time for Scotland’s education sector and supports the findings of a recent report from ScotlandCan and the Social Market Foundation, which argued that an innovation fund should be created to combat a historical ‘risk-averse’ culture in Scottish education.

The Partnering INnovativE APProaches to LEarning (PINEAPPLE) Fund has been designed to accept a wide range of submissions, from the development of a new app or commissioning research into a specific teaching approach to creating a new workbook or suite of resources.

The one stipulation is that applicants must demonstrate how their idea will make a positive contribution to Scottish education.

Supporting Scottish education

As well as delivering funding, The Glasgow Academy will provide strategic support, offering guidance and access to the school’s established network and contacts.

Rector of The Glasgow Academy Matthew Pearce said: “The world of education is changing. The past year may have been incredibly challenging but it has also created an opportunity to develop new ways of working and shape the landscape of Scottish education for the better.

“Schools and teachers are innovating all the time, and PINEAPPLE has created the infrastructure to make these ideas a reality. Our purpose is simple; we want to make Scotland’s education sector better, by supporting the development of good ideas and by ensuring that innovation is not lost or discouraged.

“As a partner in the project, we hope we can uncover and develop revolutionary new practices which will improve learning and education in schools across the country.”


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Pearce added: “We want to hear from any teacher or educational professional who has an idea for improving or transforming the way we interact with young people in a school setting. It can be something as simple as designing new posters for the classroom to setting up a programme that gets parents and carers more engaged in learning.

“All ideas will be thoroughly considered and, if successful, we will work closely with the teachers to make their vision a reality.”

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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