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Assessment Innovation Fund 

Get up to £100,000 of funding to bring your assessment design ideas to life.  

We’re dedicated to promoting and advancing learning – it’s our core purpose.  

This purpose drives our commitment to deliver world class educational services that enable learners to achieve their potential.   

We also believe that great innovation needs great collaborators. That’s why we’ve launched our Assessment Innovation Fund.  

Over the next 12 months we will be investing £1million worth of funding to support you in piloting new and innovative approaches to assessment. This includes testing out brand-new ideas and exploring the use of technology.  

We want to support you in developing your ideas for better assessment that meets the needs of learners and educators today. 


Applications for Phase 1 funding now open

We're offering up to £100,000 to fund two pilots as part of our phase 1 funding round. Apply today if you think you can help develop new and innovative assessment solutions that meet the evolving needs of the education sector.

Phase 1 application round closes on 1 October 2021.

Interested in transforming assessment?

Of course you are!

Download the application pack to start the journey towards innovating assessment processes and helping learners achieve their full potential.  

Step 1)  Download application guide

Step 2)  Download application form 

Step 3)   View draft contract to see terms and conditions 

Step 4)  Submit completed application form to [email protected]

What happens next for successful applicants?

If you’re successful you will be allocated an NCFE colleague who will work closely with you through the pilot of your idea. They will:

  • Support you through the contracting process 
  • Help with developing a project plan  
  • Work with you to develop project milestones 
  • Interact with you on a regular basis  
  • Encourage accountability based on evidence and impact  
  • Ensure an evaluation process is in place 

And ultimately, help make sure you have the support you need to effectively pilot your idea.

What we’re looking for

We want to hear from you if you think you can help transform assessment and provide solutions that: 

  • Deliver a transformational learning and assessment experience for all learners.
  • Consider meta and technical skills development to enable learners to develop agency.   
  • Enable personalisation in assessment
  • Development an assessment system that is fair and inclusive by design and moves away from high stakes, stressful exams where appropriate to do so.  
  • Provide balance and interplay of formative and summative assessment.
  • Implement technology to make assessment more readily available and fit for purpose. 
  • Build a real-time picture of the impact of the learning.    
  • Use data and technology in insightful and efficient ways to enable high quality teaching, learning and assessment
  • Use data more effectively to improve the level of perceived value of assessment processes as a means of enabling choice, and informing every stage of the learning journey.

Who can apply for funding?

  • Training Providers  
  • Qualification developers 
  • Awarding organisations 
  • Quality assurers  
  • Ed Tech Organisations 
  • Other organisations interested in changing the future of assessment 
  • Colleges

What if your application is unsuccessful?

Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t succeed on your first application. We’re committing to support ideas that, with a bit of extra help from us, have the potential to go the distance. We will help you work through some of the extra detail needed and encourage you to make a second application for funding.

Whatever stage your idea is at, if you think it’s something special, apply today.

More information

Speak to a member of the team if you have any questions or would like more information [email protected]