About the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust
The chief object of the A S Hornby Educational Trust, as laid down in its Trust Deed, is to promote the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language, especially by providing scholarships and grants. Since 1961, the Trust has supported the professional development of a significant number of teachers in the Global South via individual scholarships to study on MA programmes in the UK (the ‘Hornby Scholars’ scheme), regional schools (‘Hornby Schools’) and via small-scale project funding to alumni and to Teacher Associations.
Background to the Scheme
The Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme builds on the previous Hornby–IATEFL Associates Project Award programme, whereby, annually for the last ten years, up to two teacher associations (associates of IATEFL) have been granted funding for projects which stimulate and enhance the professional development of ELT practitioners in transitional countries via teacher association activity. Following a pilot expansion to four awards (2018–19), provision has been increased for 2019–20 to eight awards of up to £2,000 each, justifying the launch of a new scheme.
Aims of the Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme
The aims of the scheme are as follows:
With a view, particularly, to the enhancement of English teaching in public education systems in low- and middle-income countries, to:
- strengthen existing Teacher Associations (TAs), TA chapters and other English teacher groups or networks
- nurture the development of new TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
- contribute to wider participation in TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
- promote identification, nurturing and sharing of local expertise
- enhance a focus on stated needs of learners and teachers
- stimulate contextually appropriate thinking on ELT methodology, materials, assessment, etc.
The Hornby Trust will not normally fund:
- one-off conferences
- conference participation
- commercial publications
- fee payments for applicants or other team members
- the whole project; i.e. evidence of matching funding is desirable
- purchases of equipment
Proposals can be, for example, for workshops, seminars, exchanges, needs analyses and courses, including distance learning courses. Academic research will not qualify, unless conducting the research actively involves a network of fellow professionals and the outcome of the research is further development of this network.