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Innovation Partnerships

We support social enterprises and innovative projects focused on ending educational inequality, to accelerate their impact.

2016/17 Innovation Partners

We are proud to be working in close partnership with these 20 dynamic social enterprises and education-focused innovations to help end educational inequality the UK.  Find out more about our ambassador network.

These organisations are all at different growth stages, but all of them share our vision and we believe they have potential to make a significant difference to the lives of young people from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds in the UK.

We are working closely with them to help them accelerate their growth and impact in 2016/17.

The Access Project helps motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top universities. It was founded by ’05 Ambassador Alex Kelly and is now led by ’06 Ambassador Andrew Berwick.


The Brilliant Club led by ’08 Ambassadors Simon Coyle and Jonny Sobczyk recruits, trains and places PhD students in non-selective state schools and sixth-form colleges serving low-participation communities.

Enabling Enterprise works with schools and businesses to make enterprise part of the curriculum and give students the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed. It's led by ’07 Ambassador Tom Ravenscroft.

First Story supports and inspires creativity and literacy in UK schools and local communities by providing creative writing workshops by acclaimed authors. It's led by ’03 Ambassador Katie Waldegrave.


Franklin Scholars  mobilises and equips students to make a difference in their own schools. Year 10 students are recruited, and coached, via a sustained leadership programme, to support vulnerable Year 7s through the transition from primary to secondary school.

Frontline, set up by ’09 Ambassador Josh MacAlister, has a mission to transform the life chances of abused and neglected children by developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.

Future First builds networks of former students who return to their old schools to widen current pupils’ horizons, encourage their aspirations, and educate them about their future options. It is led by ’07 Ambassador Alex Shapland-Howes.


Future Frontiers led by ’10 Ambassador Dominic Baker, aims to raise attainment and increase the career opportunities of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by linking aspirations to academic success through one-to-one careers coaching.

Graduate School of Education was founded by ’07 Ambassador Matthew Hood to recruit proficient teachers working in challenging schools onto the first Masters in Advanced Teaching, designed and led by a faculty of UK’s most expert practicing teachers.

The Grub Club was founded by Aisling Kirwan to provide low-income families with the tools required to be nutritionally healthy through free after-school cooking lessons run by trained professionals. Participants enhance their knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in order to improve their brain cognition and achieve their potential.


Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney, so that they achieve both in school and in the world beyond. It was founded and is led by ’06 Ambassador Catriona MacLay.

in2scienceUK provides paid summer internships for students from low-income backgrounds in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Students also attend STEM specific workshops with different focuses – from STEM careers to writing a personal statement.

Jamie's Farm, led by ’03 Ambassador Jamie Feilden, provides a unique combination of 'farming, family and therapy' for vulnerable children through a short-stay residential and follow up programme in schools.


Mindful Music uses music, such as call and response drumming, to help children to develop their mindfulness and musical ability for improved self-control, to develop behaviour for learning for improved academic attainment and wellbeing. It is led by ’13 Ambassador Martha Wright.


The National Orchestra for All, led by ’07 Ambassador Marianna Hay, aims to transform the life chances of 11-18 year olds facing barriers to music participation through orchestral music making.

Right to Succeedfounded by ’03 ambassador Graeme Duncan, aims to build upon the excellent practice that currently exists within education, bringing it together, piloting at scale using social investment, and establishing it as a scalable and replicable solution to systemic problems.


TalentEd aims to give every young person the skills to realise their potential by offering high-ability students a year-long programme of group and personalised support delivered by passionate retired teachers. TalentEd was founded by ’10 Ambassador Rafi Cohen and now led by Anood Al-Samerai.


Tales Toolkit was developed Kate Shelley and Inge Wilson. It uses the power of story to develop children’s language and literacy while impacting confidence, wellbeing and creative problem-solving. Tales Toolkit is an interactive kit that enables children to independently create, tell and write their own stories.


Thinking Reading was developed by Dianne and James Murphy to improve literacy in secondary school students. Its whole-school strategy ensures that screening, assessment, intervention and follow-up are coherent. Students receive lessons each week to help them learn to read independently at or above their age. 



Unifrog, founded by ’05 ambassador Alex Kelly, is an online platform which makes it easy for students to choose the best universities and apprenticeships for them, while also helping teachers track their students' progress.