Easter is a busy time for us – it’s a time where we are guiding the students on the current programme cycle towards submitting their Big Ideas into the competition while simultaneously launching our school recruitment for next year’s Big Ideas Programme 2022 and reaching out to schools between now and the summer holidays.
As Jen explored in her reflection piece “Lessons learnt through Lockdown”, it’s been quite a year for our organisation and partners (as it has for the whole world!).
What this year has shown us is that we can rise to any challenge and roll with the punches, despite many changing circumstances – we can run a face-to-face programme, a fully virtual programme, and anything in between!
The eponymous Big Ideas Days are BACK in September!
From September, we’re anticipating a return to our face-to-face Big Ideas Programme, with Big Ideas Days (oh how we’ve missed standing in front of 200 young people and taking them on the Big Ideas Day journey with us!); with our mentors being able to attend development sessions in person; holding our regional finals at local universities, and a return to the Palace of Westminster for the National Final! There is nothing quite like actually being in the same room as you all, and we can’t wait to get back to that.
However, we’ve learned and grown in ourselves and our work over the last 12 months, and as an organisation committed to continuous improvement, we will be taking some of the skills learned and platforms developed with us into next year’s programme. We are using creative ways to incorporate video calls and breakout rooms in Big Ideas development, our fantastic website team forum and our structured resources to supported teachers with delivery.
We also now have an additional two versions of the Big Ideas Day (Big Ideas Days Out of the Box and Bitesize Big Ideas Days) in our product offering, both of which have been run at schools successfully this year. Whilst these will stand apart from the full programme next year, they provide the opportunity to work with more young people.
We will be working with 35 schools across our four regions – Central Belt Scotland, North England, Central England and South England – and we plan to expand our current footprint in both North and Central England. We’ll be growing the Big Ideas Programme team soon, so keep an eye out for opportunities to join the team as we head towards summer!
From the school recruitment and work we’ve done reaching out to schools generally this year, many who weren’t able to make it work because of logistics through the pandemic, we are expecting to be oversubscribed, and we’re already getting new school enquiries.
So to all teachers and schools who are interested, let’s get you booked in as soon as possible, so you don’t miss out!
Finally, we just want to say how excited we are about next year, and WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN!
S4TP Programme Manager
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