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Through our grant-making, we contribute to educational policy, practice and research in order to shape and meet the evolving needs of London’s most disadvantaged young people.



Below are a selection of research publications we have commissioned and published in recent years, covering a variety of policy topics to help in inform our grant-making as well as the wider education sector.

These include our latest ten year impact report, as well as publications looking at barriers to Higher Education faced by marginalized or vulnerable groups, including care leavers and the GRT community.

Please note that most of these reports were published under our previous name, Sir John Cass's Foundation.

Other publications

Here you can download our Annual Reports and Accounts, as well as brochures from our Annual Lecture series:


Annual Report & Accounts 2023

Annual Report & Accounts 2022

Annual Report & Accounts 2021

Annual Report & Accounts 2020

Annual Report & Accounts 2019

Annual Report & Accounts 2018


Colleen Harris MVO, DL, Communications and Diversity professional

Professor Rosie Meek, Chartered Psychologist and founding Head of the Law School at Royal Holloway University of London

Dame Diane Lees DBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museums

David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts, London

The Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly, Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, FRS Vice-Chancellor, University of London

The Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University

The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP

Katharine Birbalsingh

Dr Anthony Seldon

Michael Gove MP

Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Andrew Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools

Access to our records at London Metropolitan Archives

Since 1st June 2017, access to our archived records, which date from the early 1700s, can only be achieved with the written permission from us.

Applications for permission to access these records must include your name and contact details, the purpose of your request and details of the specific item(s) you wish to access. Applications should be sent to hello@portaltrust.org

Please take the letter of permission from us with you when you visit London Metropolitan Archive to view material.

Please note: the London Metropolitan Archives are open to the public Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. London Metropolitan Archives


If you are an organisation completing our online Initial Enquiry Form, please read our guidance first. You can download it here.

If you are a grantee looking for our branding you can download it here, but please contact us to let us know where you intend to use our logo.

For examples of other grants we have made please see our Project Database.