It seems so long ago since the excitement of the Big Ideas Competition National Final at the Palace of Westminster! So what has the S4TP team been up to since then, I hear you ask? We’ve taken some well-earned breaks recharged the batteries, reflected on the year just gone, and planned ahead for the year to come – it’s been a busy summer!
As well as our weekly Teams online meetings, we always schedule in a couple of Away Days each year, where we can spend some much-needed face-to-face time as a team, and also work on the programme.
This month Kate, Claire and I travelled down from Edinburgh, Bradford and Bromsgrove to Bristol to meet Jen. The base for our brainstorming and planning was, again, the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator hub at Trinity Quay in Bristol, where S4TP has been part of a community of entrepreneurs on an acceleration journey for the last couple of years. This community hub offers workshops on visioning, funding, risk management and mindset; free office space and a fantastic community of entrepreneurs to bounce ideas off. It’s a great space to meet and to brainstorm.
We reviewed the 2018-19 programme from start to finish, looked at all the feedback we’d received, and combined that with
setting out a clear strategy for the upcoming programme.
We looked ahead and coordinated the key programme dates for the year, always a challenge when aligning different school holidays in different regions! We reviewed the teacher and mentor training process and resources, making adjustments where necessary, and then did the same thing for the Big Ideas Day. We looked at a strategic Comms plan, and discussed various different models of working as efficiently as possible over our extensive national footprint, and within our capacity as a small team.
It was, as always, an intensive two days – but we were treated to a couple of hours at Bath Spa for some R&R, so it wasn’t all work and no play!
The schools in Scotland are already back, and the whole team is ready and raring to go from Monday – I hope you are too!
Written by: Sarah Milburn, S4TP Programme Coordinator & Communications Lead, West Midlands
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