St Helens Council articulated a desire to “transform education
What Was The Challenge?
One challenge was simply to encourage enough applications. Initially, schools were wary of having to undertake “bids
Marketing for the Innovation Fund began in October 2011 and the application process was made available in March 2012. Emails, letters and other publicity was sent out regularly.
To encourage a wide range of submissions, the application process was made incredibly simple. The only stipulation was that the idea needed to benefit as many people as possible and centre around technology. Applications could be as short as a paragraph, to minimise the time needed to complete it.
Applications have now closed and the initial round of “bids
The primary expected benefit is for innovative, low cost ideas to be translated into facilities that will benefit children and teachers on a number of variables and give them access to equipment or solutions that would otherwise be unavailable. As such, each business case under development includes clear benefits analysis and measurement protocol.
In addition to these ‘direct’ benefits, the process itself the selected “bidders” will go through with Agilisys to develop their ideas will provide valuable experience in developing a business case and seeking approval for funding. This will give pupils an opportunity to take part in the commercial world and learn important skills for the future.