One of the original purposes of the medieval guilds, the precursors of livery Companies, was for charity, funded by members giving what they could. This ancient tradition continues today in all the 110 Companies of the City of London. Together they donate £40 million to charities each year.
The Worshipful Company of Educators is no exception. Charitable activity is at the heart of our values. We are dedicated to support the profession of educator that is all those professionals who contribute to creating a stimulating, diverse and supportive environment in which people learn and enrich their lives. We celebrate outstanding innovation and excellence in educational practice primarily through awards and bursaries to individual educators
The Company set up the Educators’ Trust to fund-raise for and manage its charitable funds. The Trust receives no grants from government and is funded by the generous donations and legacies of Freemen and Liverymen of the Company and from other individuals and organisations which share its belief in the transformative power of education.
Currently the Trust has 22 awards – prizes and bursaries – which it confers on professional educators every year. The awards include all levels of education – from early years to research institutes – and all settings in which learning takes place – from educational institutions to art galleries, theatres, outdoors and community spaces. Some are dedicated to particular fields of education, such as art, military education, business and performing arts. In addition, every year the Trustees choose a theme for a competitive award, ‘The Inspirational Educator Award’ for which there are eight winning places. In recent years, the themes have included ICT in Teaching and Learning, Special Needs and Disability, prison education, hospital education and teaching Shakespeare. We also offer awards in partnership with other organisations, for example for vocational education with City and Guilds and prison education with the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
The winners are celebrated at a glittering annual awards dinner in a splendid City livery hall where they are presented with an inscribed crystal plaque, a certificate and a cheque to the value of their prize or bursary.
Following the Awards Dinner, we also hold a public seminar in a prestigious City venue, where selected winners present examples of their excellent practice alongside a panel of acknowledged experts in their field.
We work closely with relevant educational establishments and educational charities for nominations for our awards. We do not accept unsolicited applications or requests for financial support.