+ What would the programme involve?
A: The main focus of the programme is to collectively support schools, teachers and parents, to focus on achieving better outcomes for both young people and communities. This would involve several workshops and activities to help facilitate that process, with an emphasis on creating a team environment. We aim to launch an annual competition at the end of the programme, where students will be provided with a platform to pitch their ideas for tackling pressing social issues within their community to a group of judges and their peers. However, we aim to co-develop the programme to best meet the needs of each individual involved within the process, in order to ensure that the content we are delivering is as relevant and useful as possible.
+ Who will be delivering the programme?
A: Our Enactus Schools Programme Manager (Indy Sira), along with our partners, community organisations and alumni, which includes ASDA, ARLA, Leeds Beckett University and Capital One, who will all play a part in delivering the programme. The finalised programme outline and agenda will be sent to all schools before the launch event in early October.
+ What role would the school play in this process?
A: The support we would require from a school is primarily during the initial stages before the launch event, where we are ale to gain insight and feedback into what infrastructure already exists to help students achieve their personal goals with a focus on personal development, along with understanding support teachers may find useful or how we could help in delivering something that would contribute towards an element with the school curriculum. The general support would include: supporting with logistics, depending upon each school's timetable and signposting students to where they could gain support from when working on their ideas.
+ How much time & effort would be required by the students?
A: Some sessions will take up between 1 and two hours a week but it depends on the students how much time they choose to dedicate towards working on there projects after the session. We will recommend what should be prioritised by students during their time.
+ Does it cost the school or student to be part of the programme?
A: No, it does not cost anything to be part of this programme.
+ What is different about the enactus programme, in comparison to existing youth social action programmes?
A: This is a free of charge, accessible and a completely inclusive co-curricular activity programme, which coincides with each student's learning journey throughout their time at school, along with it being co-developed with the support of students, teachers, businesses and alumni.
+ What is the timescale? How long would it take to deliver the programme?
A: We intend for the programme to begin in October, with the launch event, up until March/April when the annual competition will be taking place, where all schools will be invited to join us on the day.
+ When will the programme be delivered? During school hours?
A: This will vary from school to school, as it may fit within an already existing extra-curricular or enrichment activity that is being carried out or the programme could be during an after-school club.
+ Does it fit into the National School Curriculum? How?
A: The main objectives of the programme coincide with the following objectives with the subject of citizenship, which is aimed at both Key Stage 3&4 students: The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity.
+ How many students can join the programme from one school?
A:We would encourage students to be in teams of around 6-10, which would enable each student to be able to actively play a role within the activities planned and contribute towards the ideas they will e collectively working on. In terms of number, there is not a definite figure placed for that - it would depend on each school and the capacity to oversee each team's involvement.
+ How will the competition be judged?
A: The competition will be similar to our university programme, during the annual competition in March/April, we will be inviting judges from our business, alumni and community partner network to play a part in judging teams from each school and providing feedback on their project ideas.
+ What are the next steps in becoming part of the programme?
A: The next steps would consist of getting in contact with our team (details below) for an initial conversation about the programme and answer any further questions you may have. We will then provide you with an agreement, outlining general terms and conditions of partnership, followed by key resources and dates for events that we will invite schools to attend.
+ Would you be willing to deliver an information session about the programme to both staff and students before the launch event?
A: Yes, we would be more than happy to hold an information session, where convenient to provide further insight into the programme and to also gain feedback to see what students and teachers may want to see covered during the process. To arrange contact Indy Sira below.