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Jo Walters Trust Maths Grant:

  • Would you like to inspire your students?
  • Do you have an idea that could raise attainment and promote a love of Maths?
  • Would a grant of £1000 help achieve this goal?


maths 3The Jo Walters Trust is offering a grant of up to £1,000 to support projects which help and inspire pupils to engage with mathematics.
Applicants are not expected to reinvent the wheel: ideas could include trips, workshops, competitions, an action-research project within the classroom, purchase of equipment. However we don’t want to constrain applications, so will welcome all novel and innovative ideas, large and small. 

For ideas, feel free to have a look at the successful applications from 2016 here.


Why is the Jo Walters Trust promoting Maths Education?

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Joanna Walters wanted to be a Maths Teacher. This was not her first career: She only decided to do a Maths PGCE in her mid 20s following a degree in Spanish and Russian, a period of teaching Spanish in Kenya, and several successful years working in marketing for Google in Dublin. However, she had always had a talent for Maths, encouraged by her father who used grapes during tea time to teach her everything from basic counting, through square numbers, all the way to Pi and was passionate about finding ways to teach Maths that worked for individuals at any stage. She completed her PGCE and teaching practice with great feedback, and was so excited to be offered a job as a Maths teacher at Uckfield school near Brighton. She never got the chance to take up this post, however, as she was killed in a cycling accident just as she finished her PGCE in July 2010. The Jo Walters Trust was set up in her memory, seeking to celebrate her life and achievements as an inspirational person, teacher and motivator.

We believe that Jo would be proud to help others to share their passion for Maths and that is our reason for offering this grant. Good luck with your application

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Your application should be made using the form below and include:
  1. Your name and position.
    2. Contact email address.
    3. Name and type of institution you are attached to (if any).
    4. Details of your project proposal: what you want to do, with whom and in what timescales.
    5. How much money you require (up to £1,000) and a breakdown of how it will be used.

Applications have now closed

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Application deadline: 30th June 2017.
    2. Please note, this grant is not aimed to subsidise school budgets so is not aimed at funding extra lessons, tutors or smaller classes.
    3. The winning applicant will be expected to submit a 200-1,000 word report on the project, including photos where applicable. Results will be published in Mathematics Teaching and on the Jo Walters Trust website.
    4. Open to UK projects for all age groups.
    5. The Judging Panel, consisting of representatives from the Jo Walters Trust and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, will make a decision by 31st of August 2017.
    6. The Panel’s decision is final.
    7. The JWT is regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
    8. Up to three grants, each of up to £1000 will be awarded.

Apply for a 2017 Aberdeenshire Grant

In 2017 (as in 2016), a number of grants of up to £2,000 each will be made available by the Jo Walters Trust for people or organisations with a strong link to Aberdeenshire. This year, the trust is inviting applications that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors. 

We are calling for applications for outdoor educational projects as we have had some big successes in this area in the past and would like to help more projects that seek to educate using the outdoors. From the outward bound expeditions she did at school, to sailing adventures and her time in the OTC doing army training, Jo Walters was the product of plenty of time outdoors and believed it had huge benefits, both phyiscal and mental. We believe she would want more people to get the benefits that she did and so are keen to offer financial support to help this happen. 

Below are a few projects we have supported so far which might provide inspiration to anyone applying for a grant in 2017 (you can see all the recipients of the 2016 JWT Aberdeenshire Outdoor Education Grants here)

  • craigievar primary forest schoolCraigievar Primary forest school - we funded the purchase of the equipment the school needed to get this going. Since they bought the equipment all pupils regularly spend time in the woods around Craigievar as part of their school curriculum. 
  • Strathdon Primary: A grant from the Jo Walters Trust paid for outdoor learning tutors, first aid training and for the children to take part in the Adventure Service Challenge scheme, a precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh's award
  • Aberlour Trust - forest school practitioner training, £1,640: The Aberlour Trust is a Scottish children’s charity, providing help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year, The grant has paid for a staff member to undertake the Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner award through Forest Schools Scotland. The staff are now qualified to take small groups of young people into local forests, where they will get the opportunity to learn, play and explore outdoors, something many of the young people who are helped by the Aberlour Trust struggle to access but that their peers take for granted. The grant also paid for 5 sets of waterproof clothing and footwear, plus rucksacks for use in forest environments. 
  • Outward Bound Trust: while Ayrshire, not Aberdeenshire based, this grant took children from James Hamilton academy in Kilmarnock to Loch Eil for an outward bound week-end. One of the students, Stuart, 13, said afterwards '[WHEN I HAD CLIMBED BEN NEVIS, I FELT] HAPPY, SO HAPPY [AND] PROUD.

James Hamilton Academy Outward Bound Trust Kayakers

To apply for one of the Jo Walters Trust Aberdeenshire grants in 2017, please fill in answers to the questions below. Do take your time to fill it in, and perhaps gather all the information elsewhere before filling it in here. We're keen to help you to apply, so if you have any questions do feel free to contact for advice or with questions.


The deadline for applications is 31st August 2017

Terms and Conditions:

Applicants must:

  • Show that their project will provide education in the outdoors
  • Have a strong connection to Aberdeenshire to qualify for the grant.
  • Show why the money is required to complete the project
  • Be willing to fund-raise up to half the amount required themselves.
  • Show a full breakdown of how the money will be spent.
  • Be willing to write a report of the project afterwards, ideally including photographs and video footage.
  • Be willing to come and speak on behalf of the trust to generate interest for future grants/fundraising events.

The Trust's decision as to who will receive the grants is final.

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