Making the most of everyday
Looking for ways to cut the costs, or make the most of your spending in school? There are lots of places you can easily ask for donations or raise small funds that can amount to much more over time. You can raise funds and resources for your school or nurture group in a number of different ways. Many of them are quick and do not require a lot of effort. We’ve compiled a small glossary of companies and initiatives that help you to make the most of or cut the cost of your everyday spending.
Easy Fundraising – Easy Fundraising is an online tool that gives you cashback to your school account when you purchase goods online through their plug in. Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk to find out more and register your school.
InKindDirect – InKindDirect is an online shop selling massively discounted items donated to them from the high street. Their selection is eclectic and varied from stationary and toys to shampoo and computers. It also changes daily. Visit www.inkinddirect.org to register your school and start browsing.
Bag2School – Raise cash for your school by asking parents and children to bring in unwanted clothes and textiles. Bag2school will give you £400 for every tonne of textile waste you can collect.
Empties please – Get cash for recycling ink cartridges from school and homes. Find our more here.
Fareshare Go - Fareshare Go is an initiative from Fareshare, a charity who collect and redistribute good quality food that would otherwise go to waste. Register your school online at www.fareshare.org.uk and sign up to receive food parcels whenever they are available.
Warburtons - Warburtons is a large well known national baking company. They give loaves of bread to those in need for special events or if you are in need generally. Find out who and what they give their free loaves to here. They also produce a bunch of free teaching resources about healthy eating. Check them out here.
Letterbox club – The Book Trust are working to inspire a love of reading in children and young people. Every year you can register to receive parcels to help engage pupils with a love of reading. Find out more here.
Into Film Clubs – All state funded schools can apply for this free resource to inspire a love of film and spark some stimulating conversation in your classroom. Find out more here.
Schools Gardening – Got a nurture garden? Make the most of it with free resource packs from the RHS. Apply for your pack here.
The Woodland Trust – Want to plant a nurture tree to cement the bond of your group? Get a free one from the Woodland Trust. Find out more here.
Nature Detectives – Another one from the Woodland Trust. Download and get posted resource packs to turn your pupils into nature detectives. Sign up here.
B&Q donation waste scheme - Every B&Q store in the country operates a ‘waste donation scheme’ whereby waste materials, such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end-of-range materials, are donated to schools, community groups and charities. Contact your local B&Q store to apply.
#LitterHeroes - Keep Britain Tidy helps schools tackle local litter problems by enabling them to organise ‘Big Tidy Up’ events.
Community RePaint - Community RePaint redistributes surplus tins of paint to charitable and community projects across the country. Perfect for a nurture room make over!
English Heritage - English Heritage offers free admission to all of its historic sites for schools and educational groups. Its portfolio of over 400 locations includes prehistoric sites, Roman towns, medieval castles and abbeys, industrial mills and Victorian houses. Perfect for a little nurture history outing.
Grow your own potatoes – Sign up and receive a free potato resource pack for your school. Great for teaching your pupils where food comes from and how to grow it themselves. Find out more here.
Free Musical instruments and training - The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides up to £2,000 funding for - among other things - musical instruments and training music teachers. The application form requires schools to explain why they need funding and what they intend to use it for.
Free eBooks – The Oxford Owl gives away free eBooks suitable for children aged 3-11.
Lil-Lets - Lil-lets have created a bank of resources for schools to use to talk to young people about puberty and the changes that come along with it.
Jamie’s Food Revolution – Jamie Oliver’s’ latest campaign comes with handy recipe cards and healthy eating lesson plans for schools. Find out more here.
Kellogg’s Breakfast club – Apply for a grant of £1000 from Kellogg’s to fund your breakfast club.
Asda – download Asda’s Food waste and healthy eating pack to use as part of snack time in your nurture group.
Halfords – Is your school in a disadvantaged area? Apply for free bikes as part of Halfords recycling scheme.
Reuse Network – Find recycled household items in your area, many are affordable, and sometimes even free. Find anything from sofas to brick-a-brac and books. Read more here.
Have you got any ideas? Share them with us so we can make this glossary as useful as we can for other schools throughout the UK.
- Raising Funds for Your School by Nick Ryan
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