The All Saints Educational Trust is one of a small group of unique church-based charitable trusts, each established with the proceeds of the sale of teacher training and higher education colleges, in the case of the All Saints Educational Trust, the College of All Saints at Tottenham. The College was closed upon merger with Middlesex Polytechnic (now University) in 1978.
The College of All Saints was itself the product of an earlier merger, in 1964, of two smaller Colleges, St Katharine's (founded in 1878 by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) and Berridge House (founded in 1893 by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education).
The Trust is based broadly on the object of the College of All Saints which had been to train teachers within a Christian foundation. Whilst St Katharine's College had been concerned mainly with general teaching, Berridge House had been established primarily to train teachers of Domestic Science (now known as Home Economics). The Trust seeks to carry on the work of the 'founding Colleges' by awarding scholarships to students (or potential students) who intend to teach, or to develop an existing career as a teacher, and by making grants to build up the teaching profession.
The Trust is devoted primarily to supporting the training or the better
qualification of teachers, with a particular bias towards individual awards
for teachers of Religious Education and Home Economics.
In supporting Home Economics the Trust makes awards to teachers (in schools, colleges or universities) of Home Economics or related areas such as consumer sciences, food technology, food studies or a related subject. However, dieticians and nutritionists who intend working in schools and clinics and in the public sector (excluding the NHS), promoting food and health education in the community, are also eligible.
The Trustees will consider applications first and foremost from those who are pursuing basic or improved teaching qualifications. Those seeking further qualifications, such as a second degree (e.g. MA, MSc), before going on to spread the benefits of their knowledge are also considered.
The Trust's funds can also be applied to more "corporate" projects, but these too must centre on helping to meet the needs of teachers or on improvements in Religious or Home Economics education.
During the past three decades, well over 1,000 grants have been awarded, to
both individuals and other charities. Most awards have been given to
those individuals who need help to meet the expenses - both tuition fees and
day-to-day maintenance - of pursuing degree programmes that carry Qualified
Teacher Status in Religious Education or Home Economics.
Some awards are small (only a few hundred pounds); others are much larger, where the need is established.
Most of those receiving scholarships have gained one or more of the following qualifications: PGCE, PGDE, BEd, BA (with Qualified Teacher Status), MEd, MA, MSc, and occasionally PhD (principally for applicants who are themselves the trainers of teachers).
Awards have also occasionally been made to those taking technical or specialist qualifications for teaching children with a variety of special needs, but in general financial assistance is given only to those who will work within the formal education system.
Assistance is not usually offered to support those involved with counselling or youth work, unless these activities are centred primarily within a school environment. The Trustees are required to honour the fact that the assets of the Trust came from Teacher Training Colleges dedicated to Religious Education and Domestic Science. Formal training for teachers of these subjects is the main but not exclusive interest of the Trust. For instance, the Trustees may give support to lecturers in Higher Education who will in turn be training teachers.
The Trustees require that applicants will have explored all sources of university,
Local Authority or Central Government funding - including loans - for
which they may be eligible before making any application to the All Saints Educational
Whatever the background circumstances, the Trustees expect to see indications of initiative and of self-help, and a sense of purpose from applicants. The Trustees try to give the benefit of the Trust's financial support to those whom they believe will pass on to others the benefits of new skills and qualifications acquired during their training or study supported by ASET.