On 17th November 2014 BFSS held its second Grants Workshop to update its grant holders on relevant BFSS developments, share good practice, learn from experience and facilitate networking. There were over 40 attendees, including 35 grant recipients and six BFSS Trustees. The day included presentations from the BFSS Chair (Professor Steve Hodkinson) and Chair of Grants Committee (Dr Ben Ramm), who updated those present on BFSS’s framework for reporting, and from James Townsend of STIR Education on Promoting Change in Teaching Practice, from Anna-Joy Rickard, Teach a Man To Fish, on Sustainability and Stickability and from Anna-mai Estrella, Chance from Childhood, on Monitoring and Evaluation.
There were discussion groups on a variety of topics as well as opportunity to meet together in regional networking cluster groups and to network over tea/coffee and lunch. As the Report on BFSS Grants Workshop records, feedback was very positive.
Among the key points which attendees took away were the value and importance of developing robust, long term partnerships with like minded organisations and colleagues, the importance of ensuring that all programmes have effective sustainability plans and exit strategies and the key role of teacher training in improving teaching and learning in developing countries.