I am about to start the dissertation phase of an MA in inclusive studies (it's about educating all children in mainstream schools) at Plymouth University. As a full-time teacher I am beginning to wonder how on earth I will be able to find time to complete a 25,000-word study. I had the bright idea that I might be able to get funding to pay for supply cover, to enable me to complete research in my own classroom (doing observations, etc) Do you know of any grants that could help with this?
Helen Knowler, Exeter
Try visiting your careers advisers at Plymouth University. They subscribe to Funderfinder, a clever software programme that can match you to trusts and charities that may be able to help. This will spare you the grim task of ploughing through directories of grant-making organisations. Check the eligibility requirements and resources of such organisations carefully so that you do not waste time asking for money you are unlikely to get. There are some useful tips about funding applications at www.prospects. ac.uk/links/ fundstudy (click on "alternative sources of funding"). You might want to consider negotiating an extension with your tutor. Your search for funding will take time. It may also be unsuccessful, and an extension would allow you more time to complete your work, or the chance to save up enough money to offer to pay for a supply teacher yourself. And have you talked to your school? Budgets are notoriously tight and have to be planned in advance, but your head teacher might be prepared to support your endeavours in some way.
I graduated with an upper second in law with French from Sussex University in 2001, and since then have been teaching English as a foreign language in Britain and Spain, travelling and doing voluntary work in hospitals in Latin America. I am studying biology A-level to be able to start a health-related degree in 2005. I am considering physiotherapy, but am also thinking about doing a Masters connected with healthcare in developing countries. Would I be able to do a Masters without doing the physiotherapy BSc? …