We back projects and early-stage ideas that have the potential to transform education and learning for young people in the UK. Through understanding young people’s most pressing needs, we back a truly diverse set of leaders who deliver impact, create opportunities, and make the case for change. 

After 10 years of backing leaders who have shown new ways of supporting the next generation to learn and thrive, we want to go further. Our Big Education Challenge, a £1m prize fund to support and reward bold ideas from young people as well as experienced innovators, has the potential to transform education and learning in the UK. Find out about the Challenge.

Big Change relies on voluntary donations to be able support bold ideas and act as a catalyst to transform education and learning. You can support our work by making a donation.

Our pioneers & projects

The people who lead our projects think big, take risks and make things happen because they understand there’s no time to waste. We often support projects that are pre-start up or at small scale. But we make sure they have the potential to grow in size and make a difference nationally, or across their system or sector.

Our support

We have always helped our project partners develop in the early stages of their growth, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their idea and scale up their impact. But this is just the beginning. To leverage our initial investment and extend their reach, we also offer non-financial support. This can include in-kind and pro-bono help, mentoring via our community, access to follow-on funding and support to amplify messages.

Our Big Education Challenge finalists have access to pro bono support through the Young Foundation, to help them test and build their bold ideas to transform education and learning in the UK.

Together we can make big change

Become a Striver

Strive is a movement. It’s about people challenging themselves, connecting with a like-minded network and creating a better future for young people.

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Become a Supporter

By donating to Big Change you’ll help us to support all young people, regardless of their background or circumstances, to thrive in life, not just exams. Your support is needed now more than ever.

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Become a Partner

You could be a business, trust or foundation. If you’re passionate about working towards a more hopeful future by providing either financial or non-financial support, we’d love to chat.

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