Case Study: Shipley College


Shipley College is a small general further education (GFE) college in Saltaire, near Bradford. Saltaire’s is culturally and ethnically diverse and this is reflected in our students. The area has significant social and economic deprivation, while youth unemployment is the highest in Yorkshire. As a college we work hard to enrich the students’ experience and develop their skills, while nurturing strong relationships in the community.  We empower students to get involved in social action and causes that benefit not only local communities but also the students themselves. Every year our students support local events such as Tour de Yorkshire, World [...]

Case Study: Shipley College2020-09-11T13:49:23+01:00

Global Action Plan: ‘Climate Chaos Response Toolkit’ for schools


Navigating the chaos: toolkit helps senior leaders turn climate strikes into positive school-wide action Download toolkit here. Passionate students are not a new thing. But the recent global walkout of over 1.4million young people over the lack of climate action is unprecedented. This is new territory for schools –as recognised by the National Association of Headteachers with a motion earlier this month, pledging to support pupils to express their views and influence policy on climate change. Environmental charity Global Action Plan spoke to schools who said they were uncertain of how to respond to the [...]

Global Action Plan: ‘Climate Chaos Response Toolkit’ for schools2021-02-09T13:13:37+00:00

Case Study: Newcastle College & West End Foodbank


Newcastle West End Foodbank opened in March 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people last year. Students from Newcastle College Health and Social Care Level 1 programme first became involved in supporting the Foodbank in 2017. Their inspiration came from a tutorial session in which they explored aspects of social deprivation and watched clips from Ken Loach's movie about the welfare system, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, which features the West End Foodbank. The students wanted to learn more and find out how they could help, so they took [...]

Case Study: Newcastle College & West End Foodbank2020-09-11T13:56:51+01:00

Case Study: East Kent College


Serving communities is central to the EKC Group’s mission. To make sure it delivers for them, our family of five colleges and three business units have made youth social action part of their annual calendar, and a part of every student’s timetable. Throughout the year, staff and students are encouraged to engage in a self-directed social action project during our two ‘Community Weeks’. These weeks give dedicated time to staff and students to deliver social action projects within their local community, helping ensure students feel connected to their area. The learners themselves lead the social action projects. This lets them take [...]

Case Study: East Kent College2020-09-11T13:57:32+01:00

How a multi-academy trust has put social action at its core


Case Study: Multi-academy trust putting social action at its core Ormiston Academies Trust are making social action a vital part of education for all of its 29,000 pupils across England “I love meeting with my #iwill pupils - it reminds me why I became a teacher – there’s no prouder feeling than sitting back and watching them get excited over what they’re planning. It’s an incredible opportunity for staff and pupils to collaborate and do something that makes a difference in so many ways.”  Andrea Connolly, teacher at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy [...]

How a multi-academy trust has put social action at its core2020-09-11T13:58:30+01:00

Case Study: Yeading Junior School


Yeading Junior School: Special Agents of Change At Yeading Junior School, we consider all staff and children to be Agents of Change – people who are ready to take action in support of others, both locally and globally. Special Agents of Change are children who’ve shown a powerful desire to lead change, in and out of school. Some have already been able to demonstrate the difference they’ve made. These inspirational young people understand the process of doing good and recognise the impact it has on themselves. This recognition spurs them on to do even [...]

Case Study: Yeading Junior School2020-09-11T14:01:54+01:00

Case Study: John Muir Trust | #iwill4Nature


People of all backgrounds, but especially young people, enjoy and value exploring their relationship with wild places by taking responsibility through social action. They benefit from the challenge and adventure of being in wild places: by increasing their environmental awareness; by increasing their knowledge and skills; by sharing the experience with others; by having opportunities to show compassion and take responsibility for change – and take pride in their achievement. Our planet improves too – locally, nationally and internationally. Maintaining, improving and restoring wild places is good for the health of our local communities. It [...]

Case Study: John Muir Trust | #iwill4Nature2020-09-11T14:02:22+01:00

Case Study – University Students & Primaries: Laureus Sport for Good


Photos by Alex Wilkinson Media.  Karina Enrile, University of Nottingham, Student Volunteer: I have been given the great opportunity of volunteering weekly in a local Primary school in Nottingham. Every week, myself and a group of fellow volunteers run after-school sessions, often ran like P.E lessons. What we do that’s different, however, is we tailor our sessions around developing certain skills that the children can take with them into secondary schools and later life. For example, we focus our activities on building team working skills, leadership skills and communication skills. We encourage the children [...]

Case Study – University Students & Primaries: Laureus Sport for Good2020-09-11T14:14:39+01:00

Case Study: Beanstalk


Beanstalk reflects on their progress since their #iwill pledge A blog from Ginny Lunn, CEO of Beanstalk Beanstalk, a national children’s reading charity, was founded in 1973 by a lady called Susan Belgrave. She was a social activist and saw that children were struggling in her community and she wanted to make a difference. She knew education was so important to give children the best chance in life and a small group of friends started reading with children in primary schools. 45 years later this is still our main focus. However, we have shifted [...]

Case Study: Beanstalk2020-09-11T14:26:43+01:00
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