The chief objective of the A S Hornby Educational Trust (https://www.hornby-trust.org.uk/) is to promote the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language, especially by providing scholarships and grants. Since 1961, the Trust has supported the professional development of a significant number of teachers in the Global South via individual scholarships to study on MA programmes in the UK (the ‘Hornby Scholars’ scheme), regional workshops (‘Hornby Schools’) and via small-scale project funding to alumni and to Teacher Associations.
The aims of the Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme, now in its third year, are as follows:
With a view, particularly, to the enhancement of English teaching in public education systems in low- and middle-income countries, to:
- strengthen existing Teacher Associations (TAs), TA chapters and other English teacher groups or networks
- nurture the development of new TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
- contribute to wider participation in TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
- promote identification, nurturing and sharing of local expertise
- enhance a focus on stated needs of learners and teachers
- stimulate contextually appropriate thinking on ELT methodology, materials, assessment, etc.
- promote the development of previously marginalized or under-represented groups within TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
The Call for Proposals and Application Form for the scheme are available, along with further details, on this web page https://www.hornby-trust.org.uk/projects#Projects. Last year we were able to award funding to 15 Teacher Associations. This year, we are hoping to increase the number of awards, and we would particularly like to encourage applications which respond to needs arising from the current Covid-19 crisis, though all kinds of application consistent with the overall aims will be considered.
The deadline for applications this year is September 15th.