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School fundraising: making the most of your networks and contacts

How you can boost school fundraising by making the most of your crowd.

Crowdfunding, that’s what the Rocket Fund platform is all about, so let’s have a look at how to make the most out of your crowd in order to boost your funding!

We’ve seen schools all over the country raise anything from £500 to £8,000 on Rocket Fund, some schools reach their target in 40 minutes, others take a few weeks. One thing that we know for sure is that every successful project interacted with their audience or “crowd” along the way.

Ask yourself 3 questions:

1. Who are your crowd?

No school is an island… Before you launch your project, it’s best to do a brainstorm with your whole staff team – ask them who would be interested in supporting your school? Ask your receptionists, office staff, governors, teachers, caretakers, PTA… anybody who will listen in fact.

Put together a master list of contacts and networks that you could approach with your campaign. Think big and wide, include businesses, educational suppliers, local politicians, celebrities, alumni members… Ask all staff to contribute to this list, which could be in a spreadsheet, on your MIS or even perhaps on a big piece of paper on the wall in the staff room.

Let your thoughts run wild and think outside of the box. State schools are notoriously timid when it comes to making the most of their alumni networks, this could be a good time to rectify that perhaps?

2.  Where are your crowd?

Now you have your list of contacts, everyone from businesses to local councillors, to friends in high places and friends of friends in high places (any well-connected governors for example?), it’s time to plan out what approach you will use to contact these people.

Are they on social media? Do you have their email address? Or does a member of your team need to cascade the message out? Does your school have a text messaging service that you can use to contact all parents and ask them to share your message far and wide?

Have a really good think about all of the channels at your disposal and which ones are the best ones for which contacts. Then go gung-ho and get in touch!

At Rocket Fund HQ we think these are probably the best channels to use:

🚀 Emails

🚀 Text / WhatsApp messages

🚀 Messages via school messaging app

🚀 School newsletter

🚀 School social media

🚀 Posters around the school

🚀 Flyers to the students

🚀 Asking your local businesses / high street

If you have any other bright ideas, let us know and we’ll pop them on here for the Rocket Fund community to share.

3. What can your crowd do to help?

The main aim of the crowdfunding project is to… raise funds – absolutely! But how else can these contacts help you?

As well as asking for funds, ask your contacts to share your campaign with their networks, people who might be interested in education or in their local community, or others who might be able to support your project. Remind your crowd that they can share your project simply by copying and pasting your project’s URL.

We hope this has given you a few pointers on the best way to mobilise your crowd. We would love to hear any feedback from you or ideas or ways that your school have been in touch with contacts and networks, please comment below or send us a tweet!

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Crowdfunding for schools is just bake sales for the 21st century.

We’re making it easier for schools to fundraise. Here’s why we think crowdfunding for schools is a good thing.

Schools of all kinds have been fundraising for decades. We’ve all paid 50p for a slice of flapjack, £5 for a tea towel and £2 to throw a soggy sponge at a teacher.

A typical bake sale selection. Image via Oakham PTA

While these efforts may be comfortable and fun, they aren’t the most efficient way of raising funds. With school staff time at a premium and the educational inequality gap widening, we think it’s time school fundraising was modernised.

Schools should still host a summer fair or arrange supper safaris if they want to – they are often the highlights of the school’s social calendar (and we all have fond memories of fancy dress days!). Crowdfunding can be used as a tool to compliment a school’s offline efforts, alongside the fun runs and bake sales for example (as shown by this recent project), by enabling people to donate from wherever they are. Crowdfunding can help to promote school events, attract a larger community of support and enable donations from individuals who can’t be there in person.

Crowdfunding for schools enables anyone to donate, anytime and from anywhere.

Crowdfunding connects schools to a wider community, taking the financial pressure away from their immediate community. It enables donations from those who wouldn’t usually be asked, but would love to support their old school, their local school or education in general.

Businesses often find out about projects on social media and make donations just like they did for Oakham school. Image via Oakham PTA twitter.

State schools miss out on £100m per year in donations from their alumni alone

On average private schools raise £667,000 per year, whilst their state school counterparts lag behind: the most engaged state school PTA’s raise an average £8,000 a year and spend 270 hours a year doing so.

Future First’s research found that state schools miss out on £100m untapped cash from their alumni every year. Using crowdfunding to reach alumni members could double the amount raised by PTAs at the moment. Think of all the extra resources and experiences that would enable students to access. It would be transformative.

This is one of the issues our platform aims to fix.

We’ve seen donations on Rocket Fund come from TV celebrities, businesses and alumni. Donations flying in from as far afield as America and Australia, as well as from local communities, who often find out about campaigns through social media, local newspapers or email updates.

You need to sell a lot of flapjack to raise £8,000

Through Rocket Fund you can donate at the click of a button. We’ve seen donations range from £1 to £5000, with individual projects raising up to £8,200 (see the project below!). 

Bullers Wood school raised £8,253 from 287 donors, take a look at their project here.

School fundraising isn’t going away

Whether it’s raising money to go on trips to the theatre, buy new musical instruments or try the latest technology, schools will always want to fundraise. As demonstrated by fee-paying schools.

This is because schools will always strive to give their children the best they can. We should all support them to do so.

If you have anything to add to the conversation, we would love to hear from you. Please either comment below or get in touch!

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Crowdfunding for Multi Academy Trusts.

In 2019, Kris launched not one, not two, but NINE fundraising projects on Rocket Fund for schools across his trust. Here are his thoughts on the process…

First things first, would you use Rocket Fund again?

“We would most definitely use it again.”

We had used a more generic crowdfunding site previously and found Rocket Fund to be 100% more easy to navigate with a less fussy, more modern and much more simple user journey.

We had a variety of successes over our nine projects some of which were successful and some which were not. We now have a good understanding about why the ones that failed did so and there are things we would do differently, this was almost like a test run.

We definitely plan to use Rocket Fund again in the near future. In fact, we already have a few ideas in the pipeline.

Tell us about your MAT and the projects you ran?

We are based in Lincolnshire and have eleven schools, my task was to fundraise for all of these schools using Rocket Fund, a couple of the schools joined together for a project so there were nine projects in total.

Our schools range from primary mainstream schools though to special schools catering for pupils aged 3 to 19. Some of our schools have high levels of free school needs and their needs and networks are very varied so it was a tricky job getting it right for all of them with a very short two-week turn around.

We ran projects to raise money for items from iPads for a mainstream schools to BeeBots for a rural school and Sensory pebbles for SEND students in one of our newest schools. These were all items which were already on the schools’ wish lists.

As Fundraising Coordinator, I was able to administer the bulk of the projects, with some help from the schools on the ground and also from the marketing team, who helped with getting the word out.

I worked with the schools on the ground to create pitches and project pages and we went from there!

One of the nine project pitches for C.I.T academy.

Did you experience any stumbling blocks?

It really was a very simple process. Initially, we received some push back from some staff members who were not keen to run projects which might ask for funds from our direct community. In a way these initial fears fuelled us to take a more active stance on looking outside of our community and asking other organisations and businesses to help us with our funding.

Speaking of which, did you interact much with the local community or businesses?

Rocket Fund gave us a reason and purpose with which to contact lots of organisations and was the perfect excuse to re-ignite previous relationships which we had let slide. It was great to get back in touch with local organisations including The Rotary Club and also with individuals who had been interested in the school previously, and let them know we were running a project.

It paid off and we received a number of donations from businesses and organisations who were more than happy to support various schools with their Rocket Fund projects. We are now back in touch with them and looking forward to nurturing these relationships.

We were also really impressed as a number of organisations caught wind of our Rocket Fund projects on social media and were very forthcoming with making donations!

Tell us about the methods you used to contact ‘the crowd’ during your Rocket Fund campaign?

Once the project was up and running we leaned on social media quite heavily to get the message out and about – which was great. Not only did we use Facebook and Twitter, we also used Linkedin to great effect – especially for contacting local businesses. In the last few days of the campaign we also made a few phone calls to local businesses and sent some emails to drum up a few more donations.

When you run your next Rocket Fund campaign, what will you do differently?

Planning and… planning. We only found out about Rocket Fund two weeks before we launched nine projects, so it was quite a whirlwind. When we do it next time, we will make sure that we have a plan in place which will include lots more interaction with individual schools. I would definitely take more time to speak with teachers and staff in the schools and to get them to help contribute towards the campaign story.

In the interim, as an internal process anyway, we will be getting all of our networks and contacts organised so that when we do have Rocket Fund projects to share, it’s nice and easy!

So, prior to Rocket Fund what methods were you using to raise funds for the Trust?

I’ve been in post for the last 18 months, prior to my being here it was the marketing team’s job to try to organising fundraising, which was really difficult for them to fit in to their already stretched timetable, and was often something that wasn’t given enough focus.

Since I’ve come on board I have been able to focus much more on grants and fund applications – which is our main source of income, my second largest focus is on crowdfunding and this is something I will be building more and more into my strategy in the coming years.

We also have a number of PTA’s spread out over the Trust, they tend to undertake more traditional methods of fundraising, like summer fairs, which are great – but take potentially hundreds of hours to organise – I will certainly be passing them over details of Rocket Fund to use alongside their other efforts.

And lastly what kind of fundraising target do you have for a typical school year?

Well, to put it into context – last year we raised around £100,000 and we are hoping to double our efforts in the next year or so, Rocket Fund is going to come in very handy for my future strategy.

See C.I.T Academies projects here, feel free to get in touch with either Kris or ourselves.

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15 brilliant school fundraising ideas!

We know how hard it can be when you are trying to come up with ideas to make the most out of your campaign, and sometimes trying to come up with new things can be quite draining! We thought we would lighten the load by sharing some top tips and ideas that we have unashamedly stolen (thank you very much) from some of our best projects…

1. Try crowdfunding (via Rocket Fund)

Obviously, we were going to say that! We just want to make it clear that by using the Rocket Fund website you will massively increase your chances of raising your target amount.

This is because:

  • People can give as much as they like and donate anonymously if they want to (we’ve had donations ranging from £1 to £5,000!)
  • People can donate even when they’re far away (we’ve seen donations fly in from America and Australia)
  • It expands your network: people are encouraged to donate and share, which can really increase your reach

Once you’re on Rocket Fund, you can still do all the fun, offline school fundraising activities too! Here’s a selection of our favourite school fundraising ideas from previous projects:

2. A sponsored swim

Ardleigh Green wowed us with their project “Ardleigh Afloat” (top prize for hilarious project name!), which showcased perfectly how to engage the whole school in their special challenge, as teachers took part in an open water swim. The school communicated the teacher’s efforts via the ‘Updates’ area on their Rocket Fund page, which were shared with all supporters throughout the campaign. In the end, they raised a whopping £4,000 for their school – go, team!

Teachers celebrate completing their swimathon

3. Contact local businesses

Portlethen School cleverly roped in their students and managed to squeeze in a bit of literacy as well (nice touch), as students wrote persuasive letters to local businesses to bolster their school’s fundraising efforts.

porty school

4. Contact a local celebrity

Know any celebrities that are based close to your school? A famous alumni member maybe? Not only can these be a handy source of funds, but they can also help to amplify your message, especially on social media.

Don’t forget to say thank you! St Gabriel’s Ormesby‏ did this successfully, then tweeted their thank you letters to Bob Mortimer and Steph from BBC Breakfast.

gabriels

5. Become a celebrity yourself… Get on local radio

Local radio stations are always looking for ways to get in touch with their communities, especially schools. Make the most of this exchange and get your project promoted on the radio, it’s a great opportunity for children to learn about media and communications too!

Oakham Primary School announced their fundraising project on Rutland Radio to great effect.

rutland radio

6. Or get in the local paper

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Just like John Hampden Wendover School did.

7. Get your PTA involved

The experts of school fundraising, they are your secret weapon and the easiest way to get your fundraising project off the ground. Never underestimate the power of the PTA to engage, enthuse and galvanise the school community to meet your fundraising needs. Ready, Set… Fundraise! Just like Oakham school did.

8. Organise an event

You have the perfect audience right there in waiting, parents love events that children can go to, and children just love events! Engage your students in promoting the upcoming bingo night, fete, fair, auction, including making posters and telling all of their friends and family about it. Harness the power of the children for this one and get the whole school community involved, just like Portlethen School did.

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9. Or more specifically a BINGO night ….

Bingo

10. Give people cake (and ask for money in return)

Ye olde cake sale from yonder year still rings true today. It’s a tried and tested method and it brings in money to add to the Rocket Fund pot. You know how it works, but this time, promote it on social media and maybe sell some cyber cakes via Rocket Fund to people who can’t attend?

eat cake

11. Go a bit Blue Peter – build a totaliser

Dunblane Primary used a timeless technique to further engage their audience and to visually communicate how far along they were on their fundraising journey. They created a totaliser to track their fundraising efforts and to inject a bit of competition into the proceedings. Great for sharing in assemblies!

dunblane

12. Shave something off

Know someone who has a beard? Longish hair? Copious amounts of dignity? People love it when other people shave things off and ask for money in return. If there is no hair to be shaved, take a slice of that dignity by getting them to do something downright ridiculous like sitting in a bath of beans/jelly/custard/whatever you like. Oakham School got their legend of a teacher Mr. Knight to do just that!

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13. Ask school suppliers

Look to your school suppliers to donate and encourage some philanthropy from those who you have built trusting relationships with. They do, of course, have your best interests at heart.

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14. Create a silly song (that might go viral!)

Make your audience smile and laugh and smile again. Woodley C of E School did an amazing job of that as they made a well-known song their own and used it to share their message.

15. Get your friends involved

Actors (tick), cameraman (tick), great concept (tick)… you’re ready. There are resources and very helpful people all around you. Children, staff, and volunteers at Monquitter Primary School worked together to create this amazing film with super high production values which attracted lots of interest and ultimately donations!


Fundraising is an opportunity to engage the whole of your school community; it can be fun, it doesn’t need to take too much time and it can all be made easier if you use Rocket Fund to assist you!

For more inspiration, to create your own, or to support another project visit our project pages here.

*This post was originally published on the Nesta blog.
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Courtwood Primary on launching a project on a Friday afternoon!

We had a great time visiting Jo Strawman, Digital Lead and Assistant Head at Courtwood Primary School in Croydon. Jo told us all about the Rocket Fund project her school ran last year, the highs and the lows and how their new charging locker has made life so much more efficient in the classroom.

Money raised: £1,162

Number of donors: 51

Product purchased: Laptop charging lockers

Sometimes, it’s small things that make a big difference to how your school runs its digital learning. For Courtwood Primary, that small change was purchasing a new charging locker for the school iPads. It has proved to be a massive time-saving device and has made accessing laptops much smoother, which, in turn, extends teaching time.

Jo found the process of using Rocket Fund a breeze. With a wobbly start, she decided just to “go for it” on a Friday afternoon at 2pm.

Jo put her pitch together in about 40 minutes with the help of her students, and within four days they had already reached their target of £1,000!

Courtwood Primary went on to raise more than their target and were able to spend that money on extra resources for their school.

The excitement that was caused within the school community was lovely.

As well as a fundraising success, Jo found other positives came from the crowdfunding campaign. Jo felt that the process really helped create community cohesion around the school with parents, teachers and children alike.

We hope Jo’s story has inspired you and shown you how easy launching a project can be.  If you have any questions, do let us know.

Browse our blog for more stories from teachers or start your own project.

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How to fundraise from businesses

A big thank you to James and Damien at SchooliP, which recently made a very generous donation to Romero Academy. We’ve asked them to share their ideas on how to promote your project to businesses and how to secure money from outside of your immediate community.

1. How did you find out about the Rocket Fund project that you sponsored?

Romero Multi-Academy Trust is one of our customers, with whom we have a good working relationship. We follow Romero on Twitter, so when their tweet popped up about their Rocket Fund campaign, it piqued our interest and we decided it was definitely a project we could get behind!

2. Why did you choose this project in particular to sponsor?

We are always on the lookout for worthwhile projects to support. We chose this one because we really liked the synergy between our business and the focus of Rocket Fund in getting tech into classrooms around the country.

romera

3. Why do you think donating through Rocket Fund is a good way of making a donation?

It has a certain immediacy to it which we really liked. We also like the idea that we are contributing to a bigger project and able to have a bigger impact.

The fact that the projects are also itemised and broken down into X amount of pounds means that there is a great sense of transparency, it’s a much better feeling than giving money to an organisation and not really knowing what it’s being used for.

4. Do you have any tips for other schools looking to attract donations from businesses or alumni?

It’s a two-way dialogue – the worst someone can say is no. I would encourage people to reach out, if you don’t ask you’ll never know! Twitter worked well for us, perhaps it would for others too?

5. What impact do you hope your donation will have?

We hope the resource will inspire students for a number of years. That’s why we were keen to put our donation towards a product which can be used across the school.

6. What would you say to other businesses looking to donate, who aren’t quite sure?

Just do it! It’s assisting students, so it’s a no-brainer.

7. Why do you think it’s important to support schools in the UK?

In the current climate of budget cuts and limited funds for public services, it makes a lot of sense to help out in schools, where we know the money will go directly to help the children. We know that these products will have a huge impact in the classroom and, due to our business, we are very aware of the constraints that schools work under.

8. Why do you think it’s important to support EdTech in schools in the UK?

There is a growing move to use technology in the classroom, which we are acutely aware of. With a focus on STEM and computing more widely, you’re educating students for the future, a future where tech will be central to everything they do.

To find out more about SchooliP, either visit their webpage or follow them on Twitter @SchooliP .

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DfE edtech strategy, BESA LendED platform and Rocket Fund: opportunities to boost education technology in schools at Bett 2019

By Dave Smith Senior Inspector, Havering Education Services

Are you looking for a boost to your school’s edtech provision? If so, Bett 2019 certainly had some answers.  

A combination of encouragement from the Department for Education’s increased focus on edtech, the potential to trial products and services via platforms such as the new BESA LendED website alongside the fundraising potential of Rocket Fund may just help.  

The Secretary of State for Education’s attendance at the Bett Show and Bett Awards demonstrated a positive intent from the DfE to continue to be involved in edtech in England. Damian Hinds’s speech outlined that the DfE ‘are going to be shaping… edtech strategy for England’ with ‘a network of demonstrator schools and colleges’ for edtech (reminiscent of the ICT Beacon schools from the start of this millennium), a positive direction in which to be moving.

He also highlighted the £450m spend on edtech in England and the importance of spending money wisely.  With this in mind, schools have rightfully had to sharpen their focus on the impact on pupil outcomes when deciding where to deploy funding.

Within his speech, Hinds mentioned that the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), supported by the DfE, had launched their new LendED platform providing schools with a good place to search for edtech solutions. 

An opportunity to ‘try before you buy, case studies, hints tips and ideas and the reassurance that the companies have been vetted…  an informed marketplace, where people can buy with confidence.’ Hinds went on to say that…

we must never think about technology for its own sake… technology is an enabler and an enhancer.’

Wise words to consider when thinking about what edtech to invest in.

On the Friday of Bett, I met two colleagues from a school I know who were looking for ways to power-up their edtech provision, mentioning that their school’s budget, although very well-managed, did not have the wriggle room to allow for new items to further enhance their already effective curriculum.

They also needed advice as to what products and services would achieve the right educational outcomes for pupils, hence their trip to Bett, but how could they trial some of these if necessary? That is just one example of a school with whom I work eager to utilise new types of edtech, keen to find out what products and services to use (and how they might perhaps get a trial) and also asking the age-old question of ‘is there a way to get some more money to pay for it?’.

To help with the latter issue, I directed them both to the ELMO stand, where the Rocket Fund team were hosted. They found out about the benefits of the crowdfunding approach and came away intent on setting up a Rocket Fund project for their school. I watch with interest.

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With these points in mind, why not review your edtech strategy, consider options on the BESA LendED platform (maybe even trialling some products and services), then when you have your well-researched shopping list/strategy in place, create a project using the Rocket Fund crowdfunding platform and encourage parents/carers, grandparents, relatives, local businesses, alumni and more to contribute to it.

It is not about replacing existing funding, it is about supplementing it for the benefit of pupils and teaching staff alike.

Finally, I was delighted to see Branfil Primary School in Havering giving the Rocket Fund a try – they raised £1,234 from 27 donors! They now have 4 new visualisers for use with pupils. Well done to all involved.

Why not give it a try? You may well be pleasantly surprised.

Dave Smith

Senior Inspector, Havering Education Services – School Improvement Services

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Dave Smith

Dave is a local authority senior inspector, providing school improvement support for schools, as well as leading on Traded Services for the Havering Education Services School Improvement team. He has spent the past 19 years specialising in computing, education technology and online safety for schools. He is part of the team working with Rising Stars to develop the Bett Award winning ‘Switched on Computing’ series (in over 6,500 schools). He recently worked on the education technology aspect of the Department for Education’s Workload Reduction Toolkit. He is the former Chair of the Board of Management of Naace and judge for the Bett Awards and Education Resources Awards. Dave enjoys exploring education technology internationally providing consultancy in Japan, the USA, Middle East and Europe. He was previously a teacher/senior leader in 3 schools, governor of 4 schools and Assistant Marketing Director/Senior Tutor at Anglia Ruskin University’s mPowerNet ICT Training for Teachers.

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Digital Leaders create their own project in 30 minutes! ⌚

It’s as easy as 1,2,3… Lift off! We spent a lovely morning at St Mark’s Church of England Primary School, Islington as we watched the Digital Leaders, spanning Year 4 to Year 6, put together their very own Rocket Fund project ready for launch!

The small team of students (with a tincy wincy bit of adult supervision) navigated their way through the Rocket Fund process without any hiccups at all! They came up with a title, filled in their pitch, researched product cost, made a short film and submitted their project, all within an hour – Go team!

They stuck to our simple guidelines:

  1. Make sure you know the equipment you need for your classroom and how much it costs.
  2. Create your own Rocket Fund project page and write all about your project there.
  3. Create a short film / add some pictures to make it personal (and encourage donations!)
  4. Launch your project and share your page far and wide with as many people as you can think of, from as many areas of your community as you can imagine!

We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing how their project progresses, you can keep up to date with their project here.

****Update****

Congratulations St Marks, you succeeded!

Very well done everybody!

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LCPS digital leaders, tell us how it’s done (Ms Rogers has a chat too!) 👩‍🎓

Name of project: ROLI for Little Chalfont Primary School

Amount raised: £2,025

Technology purchased: 2 x Seaboard Block + 3x Lightpad Block + Website development

We had a lovely time visiting Little Chalfont Primary School last week, and were lucky enough to catch up with the most excitable group of digital leaders we have met so far! Ms Rogers was on hand too, but it was straight over to the digital leaders to tell us how they successfully planned and implemented their project.

Little Chalfont School were keen to raise funds so that they could get their hands on some of the latest ‘Roli’ gear – music technology which would mean they could practice programming and music production skills across the school. They were also raising funds so that they could develop their own part of the school’s website and learn all about digital communications and web development… that’s some seriously motivated digital leaders.

The digital leaders have some pearls of wisdom here about how they went about creating the project, how it felt to run it, and the ups and the downs as the money started rolling in… and stopped… and started again. We recommend showing this short vid to your digital leaders for a healthy bit of competi...err inspiration!

Ms Rogers was there with the digital leaders every step of the way, but they did take the lead on this project. Everybody had a very positive experience and in this short film, Ms Rogers explains all about the process and answers some very important questions. It wasn’t all plain sailing, as Ms Rogers explains: one minute, the donations can be rolling in, the next not… “We had to keep thinking of ways to promote the project and making sure that we met that (minimum) target”. In the end, LCPS digital leaders’ project surpassed their target and was a great success!

We’d definitely do it again, in fact we’re planning on doing another one next year!

Have any questions about running your own Rocket Fund Project? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

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BETT Innovator of the Year award finalists 2019!

We are over the moon to be in the line-up for this year’s “Innovator of the Year” Bett Award. We’ve been shortlisted alongside some superstar organisations who are creating some amazing products.

The Innovator of the Year award gives recognition to organisations, platforms and products in the UK that are using innovative methods to advance technology in education.

We are unique in this category as we exist to support and facilitate the emerging digital technological revolution in schools, working alongside other innovators to bring awe and wonder to the classroom.

As well as being a fundraising platform, we offer a systemic answer to a problem and our big dream is to help all schools, regardless of geography or finances, to access all of the amazing tech which is so often just out of their reach.

Here’s a short summary of our application which we think makes for a rather interesting read.

We saw a problem

School budgets are under pressure. In 2017/18, schools’ resource budgets declined by 5% (BESA, 2018) and their fundraising is outdated. As much as we all love cake, you need to sell a lot of 50p brownies to buy an iPad and letters to parents aren’t transparent or easy to respond to.

As a result:

🚀 25% of computers in schools are likely to be marked as ineffective and are often over five-years-old (BESA, 2018).

🚀 Only 33% of secondary and 60% of primary school leaders believe they are equipped with sufficient ICT infrastructure and devices (BESA, 2018).

This means that the digital revolution, which has affected many other areas of our lives, is yet to reach schools. Many students aren’t being prepared for the world they’re growing into.

🚀 By 2022, 1.2 million technical and digitally skilled people will be needed (UK Government, Digital Strategy, 2017).

How can schools prepare students for the future if they can’t even afford to try new technology?

We found an innovative solution

We created a school-specific crowdfunding platform to modernise school fundraising. We support schools through the whole process and also raise match funding from businesses to make it even easier for them to hit their fundraising targets. It’s a transparent process that enables donors to see exactly where the money is going, support the school from wherever they are and donate as much as they can afford (we’ve had donations ranging from £1 to £1,250).

We’ve had great results

Between Dec 2016 – Dec 2018:

🚀  303 projects launched

🚀  65% success rate (Kickstarter’s is 31%)

 🚀 2,000 teachers registered

🚀  5,000 donations given

🚀 67,000 students benefited

🚀  £200,000 raised for schools 

Teachers all around the UK think it’s a great idea

“Such an easy way for our small village school to raise much-needed funds for technology resources. Nothing can be simpler than sharing via social media and donating at the click of a button.”

Ms. N, Innellan Primary School

“Fab idea that allowed us to get some much-needed tech into school at no cost to ourselves. Had improved engagement and outcomes for children and also acted as a great way to engage parents in the campaign.”

Ms. Stawman, Courtwood School

“Rocket Fund was easy and intuitive to use. The team behind Rocket Fund were excellent with communication and help if needed. It’s a great platform for schools to engage their local community and raise funds to buy products that they may not be able to otherwise.”

Mr. Ferry, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

For more details about the awards and to have a look at the other finalists in our field, or to buy tickets for the event, visit the Bett website.