Schools

100 primaries will get £2k grants for chess sets and tutorials

Schools in poorer areas to benefit from £250k investment, but scheme will reach just 0.6% of settings

Schools in poorer areas to benefit from £250k investment, but scheme will reach just 0.6% of settings

Primary schools will be handed grants of up to £2,000 to buy chess sets and access training and teaching materials for the game, the government has announced, but less than 1 per cent of settings will benefit.

The measure is part of a £1 million scheme aimed at inspiring the “next generation of chess players, bringing chess to a wider audience, whilst supporting the development of elite players”. 

The plans were trailed earlier this month. Half of the funding will go to the English Chess Federation (ECF) to develop future chess talent, and there is also £250,000 to put chess sets in 100 public parks and outdoor spaces.

The Department for Education will also hand out grants of up to £2,000 “to encourage more primary school children, particularly girls, to learn to play the game”.

The grants will be given to “at least 100 schools in disadvantaged areas across England, subject to interest”. 

Total funding for the grants amounts to £250,000. It is not clear whether this is new money from the Treasury or from existing DfE budgets.

There are 16,783 primary schools in England. Giving grants to 100 would reach just 0.6 per cent.

Funding will cover chess sets, tutorials and training

Ministers want the grants to spent on chess sets, providing “access to weekly online chess tutorials”, and setting up online learning platforms, along with curriculum planning materials for teachers.

Claire Coutinho
Claire Coutinho

“This will give even more young people access to a productive, enriching activity, helping them build relationships and develop key skills that can be used beyond the game,” the government said.

Schools with “higher proportions of pupils on free school meals” will be eligible for grant funding. The government has not said what the threshold will be, nor how the application process will work, however.

Children’s minister Claire Coutinho said chess was “for everyone, regardless of background”.

“I’m thrilled that more primary school children will learn how to play, boosting their concentration, problem-solving and wellbeing in the process.

“From providing in-person tuition to helping pupils enter competitive tournaments, this funding will support schools to spark a passion for chess in children across the country.”

Latest education roles from

Internal Quality Assurance Employability and Distance Learning

Internal Quality Assurance Employability and Distance Learning

Capital City College Group

Distance Learning Tutor

Distance Learning Tutor

Capital City College Group

Event Support Team Leader

Event Support Team Leader

MidKent College

E-Sport Technician

E-Sport Technician

MidKent College

Digital Technician

Digital Technician

MidKent College

Student Welfare Officer

Student Welfare Officer

MidKent College

Sponsored posts

Sponsored post

Navigating NPQ Funding Cuts: Discover Leader Apprenticeships with NPQs

Recent cuts to NPQ funding, as reported by Schools Week, mean 14,000 schools previously eligible for scholarships now face...

SWAdvertorial
Sponsored post

How do you tackle the MIS dilemma?

With good planning, attention to detail, and clear communication, switching MIS can be a smooth and straightforward process, but...

SWAdvertorial
Sponsored post

How can we prepare learners for their future in an ever-changing world?

By focusing their curriculums on transferable skills, digital skills, and sustainability, schools and colleges can be confident that learners...

SWAdvertorial
Sponsored post

Inspiring Education Leaders for 10 Years

The 10th Inspiring Leadership Conference is to be held on 13 and 14 June 2024 at the ICC in...

SWAdvertorial

More from this theme

Schools

‘Children are our future and it’s for them that Tim dedicated his life’ 

Hundreds gather to remember the late Sir Tim Brighouse

Samantha Booth
Schools

Birmingham withdraws schools from £100m IT system

Heads were unable to make financial plans as glitches left them waiting months to learn the size of their...

Jack Dyson
Schools

Hinds says ‘all schools’ restrict phones, and 5 more key findings

Schools minister also says the 'option' of statutory mobile phone guidance remains

Freddie Whittaker
Schools

CST calls for policy changes over ‘unsustainable’ parent complaints

Academy body says rise in complaints is putting 'significant pressure on school leaders’

Jack Dyson

Your thoughts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *