Educational Opportunity Foundation Members Charter

The rights and responsibilities of Members & of the Trustees towards Members of the Foundation are set out in the Statutes approved by the Privy Council in October 2014, in particular Statutes 13 to 18. The Statutes may be viewed on the Society’s website here.

Members are responsible for nominating and electing from the Membership the President, Vice-President(s), Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Councillors. (The Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Councillors are the Trustees of the Society.)

The Trustees have a commitment to ensuring Members of the Foundation are provided with timely, accurate and sufficient information about the proceedings of the Educational Opportunity Foundation.

The Trustees issue from time to time a statement of the Vision, Values & Mission of the Foundation, derived from the Charter and Statutes.


Educational opportunity for all.


We believe in the right of children and young people to be able to access high quality education as a driver for personal development, wellbeing, and equality of opportunity. Building on the heritage of our founder Joseph Lancaster, we value effective teaching and learning, and the sharing of good practice. We are committed to inclusivity, integrity, and to valuing and respecting others in everything we do.


We seek to achieve our vision by providing funding and support for educational projects in the UK and throughout the world reflecting our history and heritage.

Members of the Foundation, whether individual or corporate (ie authorised representatives of other charities in Membership), must be interested in promoting the charitable objects of the Educational Opportunity Foundation.

In joining the Foundation, individuals and organisations undertake to contribute to the continuing work of the Foundation, giving of their time, skills and resources to support its charitable activities and contribute to its effective governance, for example through participation in the AGM, or in the work of a committee, or through promotion of the Foundation in the wider world. Events (other than the AGM) may be held from time to time which Members will be invited to attend.

Members of the Foundation undertake not to act in any way that might bring the Society into disrepute.