Funding and fundraising
Creative thinking about funding opportunities can pay dividends! One school seeking to buy water bottles for its pupils used some of its Standards Fund allocation for the purchase. (The Standards Fund is a programme of specific grants aiming to enable schools to achieve improvements in education standards.) The headteacher was satisfied that properly hydrated pupils would be better able to learn more effectively, which would impact on their educational achievement, and that this was an appropriate use of the Fund. The Healthy Living Blueprint (part of the government’s Healthy Schools initiative) wants schools to ensure pupils have access to drinking water throughout the school day. Decent toilets are the logical next step if pupils are not to be discouraged from drinking.
For information on different types of funding available:
The DFES currently has an investment programme aimed at secondary schools called Building Schools for the Future. Around £2 billion a year will be spent on rebuilding and renewing all secondary schools over the next 10 to 15 years. At the same time there will also be substantial new investment in primary school buildings, through the Primary Capital Programme. This offers the real opportunity to transform school toilets and to plan appropriate drinking water facilities in every school.
A way around this is to do a humorous fundraising event. Many pupils (particularly younger ones) find toilets amusing, and a toilet-related fundraiser may generate publicity in the local press. A humorous fundraiser doesn’t have to detract from the seriousness of the problem.
What can the school offer the sponsors?
Remember, for someone to sponsor your school toilet project, you will need to demonstrate that you will promote their company in return. If they can't offer you anything for free, always ask for something at a discounted or trade price.
Involving the local community
Appeal for help from the community at large – pupils as well as adults. Many people will be able to do something to help, whether it's:
Suggestions from the Times Educational Supplement governor’s forum
page (started 02-12-02 and ended 08-01-03)
A governor asked if fellow governors knew where they could find funding to refurbish their toilets or how they could encourage the board of governors to make funding the toilets a priority.
The varied (and summarised) suggestions were:
Make toilets a priority in school budget
Community Services Projects
Suggestions from an LEA projects officer
Kick up a stink
As the governors say: “Don’t give up, the loos are
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