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Global FLN Impact at Scale Lab

Impact at Scale Labs - Foundational Literacy And Numeracy (FLN)

Calling organisations demonstrating impactful FLN approaches: Apply by Friday 12 July, 11:59pm BST

Impact at Scale Labs - Foundational Literacy and Numeracy seeks to transform education systems by working with promising innovators. The Labs aims to do this by carefully selecting locally-led organisations and supporting them with:

  • Intensive coaching: We work with organisations to build and implement their evidence-based scale strategy. 
  • Funding: We offer up to $200,000 towards making the organisation’s scaling action plan a reality; with a mutually agreed percentage allocated to strengthen MEL outcomes. 
  • Extended duration with no “cliff-edge”: Our intensive support lasts up to 18 months after which organisations continue to engage and learn as part of the GSF community.   
  • A focus on evidence: We measure and share evidence about each solution’s impact and the scaling process.  
  • Relationships for scale: We support organisations to embed solutions in the broader system. 

Who will the Lab support? 

The Labs will focus on selecting approaches to improve teaching and pedagogical approaches, including structured pedagogy and teaching at the right level, and other proven pedagogical approaches. The focus will be, in order of priority, on in-school interventions focused on primary grades 1-3; higher grades of primary; and remedial programmes.

Impact is integral to how we think about scale at GSF. We recognise that selecting the right organisations at the right stage is important. Therefore, we support medium-sized or large education organisations that have solutions at either the launch phase or at the growth stage. Please see examples of solutions and stages of previous Lab participants here.

Apply to Impact at Scale Labs - Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

Please follow the instructions below to apply. Both members and non-members of the GSF Network are eligible to apply. However, non-members will also need to apply for membership first.

Application Form

Download the application form using the link below. Complete the application and upload via the portal.

Application Guidance

Read about the application guidelines for members and non members and key dates.

Selection Framework

Get insights into how the application will be scored and  guidelines to structuring your responses. 

Submit your application using the portal below by Friday 12 July, 11.59pm BST

Application Timeline

Application Window

May 10 - July 12 2024

Shortlist Announcement

August 23, 2024

Finalists Announcement

September 2, 2024

Learn more about the application process

Get quick answers you might have about the Labs and the application process here. GSF is hosting webinars to answer questions on the programme and application process. We have also compiled a list of answered questions by other applicants here. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Watch Webinar 1: 
Held on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024.
Watch the application webinar here.

Register for Webinar 2:
12 PM GMT, Wednesday, June 19th, 2024 
Please register for the webinar here.

Feedback from previous Lab participants

Sabre Education

"The Impact at Scale Labs has been a fantastic  opportunity for Sabre, and an excellent learning experience for us as we enter the private school market. The ongoing coaching and mentoring, interspersed with the step-bystep workshops, has been incredibly valuable. Thank you very much for your support and expertise."


“Engaging through the Labs with other participants and with the GSF team has helped us to refine our strategic vision. This happened to be very timely for Dignitas, as we’re also in the process of launching our new  strategy for 2023-2028. This means we have been able to align the strategic vision for our innovation, our strategic vision for scale, and our strategic vision for impact in powerful ways."

Gyan Shala

"In the last year, GSF has helped Gyan Shala to constantly step back and evaluate the APS program based on new MEL data and learnings. This has helped Gyan Shala develop a more effective business model, a more accurate financial model, and has helped the organisation take strategically more sound decisions for its APS program."

Get in touch with us if you are interested in engaging as an expert/advisor or for general inquiries

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