Who We Are

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) is a grant giving organisation that offers funding for education projects in the UK and around the world. We fund:

  • International projects which improve access, quality and sustainability of education in marginalised and deprived communities
  • UK projects which improve educational outcomes and life chances for Young Carers and Children Looked After.

The BFSS was founded in 1808 by Christian social reformers to carry on the work of Joseph Lancaster, a pioneer of school and teacher education. It was established formally as a charity by Royal Charter in 1906 (charity number 314286). Today the Society gives grants for education projects of around £1m each year, while celebrating its heritage.

For a statement of the Society’s Vision, Values and Mission please click here.

The Society’s Governing Body (its Board of Trustees) is known as the Council of the Society.

The Society also has a President (Rt Hon David Lammy MP) and a Vice-President (Professor John Furlong).  There are two subsidiary committees, the Investments Committee and the Grants Committee.

Please see our 2020 Annual Report which describes our work, and finances, in greater detail.