The chief objective of the A S Hornby Educational Trust is to promote the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language, especially by providing scholarships and grants. Since 1961, the Trust, with British Council support, has aided to 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 Scholarships’ scheme), regional workshops (‘Hornby Schools’) and via small-scale project funding to alumni and to Teacher Associations.

With a view to the enhancement of English teaching in public education systems particularly in low- and middle-income countries, the aims of the Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme are 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.
  • promote the development of previously marginalized or under-represented groups within TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks

The application form and the application guidance document for the scheme can be downloaded below. They are also available on this web page. Last year we were able to award funding to 14 Teacher Associations. This year, we are hoping to increase the number of awards, and we would particularly like to encourage applications in the three areas outlined on the applications guidance document,  though all applications consistent with the overall aims will be considered.

The deadline for applications this year is October 15th 2022.