Solutions for the Planet’s Big Ideas programme is a STEM programme with a focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship.

The Big Ideas programme is a science, technology engineering and maths  programme delivered in partnership with companies based locally, who support teams of students (in KS3 or S1-3) to generate solutions or ‘Big Ideas’ to sustainability issues.

Reports and Evaluations

We evaluate our programmes in order to measure their impact on young people, teachers, schools, business mentors, businesses and the wider society.  We also want to ensure that we are accountable and continually improve the quality of our work. We are committed to demonstrating the impact of Solutions for the Planet on all participants involved, particularly young people.

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2019-20

Report Highlights

  • Great British Entrerpreneur Awards
  • Our CEO, Jen Baughan, being listed on the WISE100
  • Growing our amazing team to include Jamie, Jeremy and Fran
  • 3,886 students from 31 schools participated in our Big Ideas Programme
  • 156 Big Ideas submitted to the Big Ideas Competition (683 students)
  • 132 business employees volunteered over 3000 hours to mentor Big Ideas teams
  • 804 students achieved a Discovery CREST Award and 102 achieved a Bronze CREST Award
  • After taking part in the Big Ideas Programme
    • 96% of teachers said the Big Ideas Day encouraged them to be more creative in the way they tackled key issues like sustainability in the classroom
    • 98% of young people said they will take a serious interest and learn more about sustainability and environment issues in the future
    • 98% of young people said felt more confident working in a team
    • 90% of mentors siad the Big Ideas Programme builds their organisations reputation on sustainability amongst the local community
Sustainability 95%
STEM skills 94%
Confidence and teamwork 90%
Making a difference 98%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2018-19

Report Highlights

  • 3,887 students from 29 schools participated
  • 785 Big Ideas generated
  • 169 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 840 students
  • 259 students participated in one of 6 regional-final events (72 teams)
  • 149 business mentors supported the school this year
  • 259 students achieved a Bronze CREST Award
  • 82% of teachers say they have a better understanding of the jobs requiring STEM skills as a result of attending the Big Ideas Day
  • 89% of young people think young people like them can make a difference to sustainability issues
  • 80% of young people said the Big Ideas Day made them feel confident working in a team
  • 94% of mentors say they’ve developed new communication skills from S4TP training and participating in the programmee
Sustainability 89%
STEM skills 91%
Confidence and teamwork 80%
Making a difference 89%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2017-18

Report Highlights

  • 3,804 students from 36 schools participated
  • 850 Big Ideas generated
  • 168 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 840 students
  • 298 students participated in one of 6 regional-final events (72 teams)
  • 107 business mentors supported the schools this year
  • 298 students achieved a Bronze CREST Award
  • 100% of teachers surveyed felt the Big Ideas Day was a success
  • 91% of mentors are keen to recommend the programme to colleagues
  • 72% of students said they were more interested in STEM subjects, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 70% of students understand more about the job opportunities using STEM skills, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 88% feel young people, like them, can make a difference to sustainability
Sustainability 85%
Engineering and technology 52%
Jobs using STEM 70%
Confidence and teamwork 79%
Making a difference 89%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2016-17

Report Highlights

  • 3,436 students from 26 schools participated
  • 690 Big Ideas generated
  • 133 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 557 students
  • 227 students participated in one of 6 semi-final events (60 teams)
  • 63 business mentors supported the schools this year
  • 227 students achieved a Bronze CREST Award
  • 95% of teachers felt the Big Ideas Day was a success
  • 91% of mentors are keen to recommend the programme to colleagues
  • 74% of students said they were more interested in STEM subjects, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 71% of students understand more about the job opportunities using STEM skills, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
How to set up a business 92%
Sustainability 85%
Engineering and technology 49%
Jobs using STEM 71%
Confidence and presentation 74%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2015-16

Report Highlights

  • 3,210 students from 24 schools participated
  • 642 Big Ideas generated
  • 106 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 422 students
  • 243 students participated in one of 6 semi-final events (62 teams)
  • 74 additional business mentors and 5 student mentors were trained during the year
  • 19 teachers trained during the year
  • Mentors contributed over 1,100 hours to the programme
  • 240 students achieved a Bronze CREST Awards
  • 74% said they understand more about engineering, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 68% wanted to find out more about jobs in STEM, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
How to set up a business 92%
Sustainability 72%
Engineering and technology 49%
Jobs using STEM 59%
Confidence and presentation 92%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2014-15

Report Highlights

  • 2,400 students from 16 schools participated
  • 400 Big Ideas generated
  • 84 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 420 students
  • 185 students participated in one of four semi-finals (43 teams)
  • 80 mentors trained during the year
  • Mentors contributed over 1000 hours to the programme
  • 185 students achieved a Bronze CREST Awards
  • 60% said they understand more about engineering, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 61% wanted to find out more about jobs in STEM, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
How to set up a business 90.91%
Sustainability 78.79%
Engineering and technology 72.73%
Jobs using STEM 84.85%
Confidence and presentation 90.91%

Solutions for the Planet Impact Report 2013-14

Report Highlights

  • 1,000 students from 8 schools participated
  • 150 Big Ideas generated
  • 39 Big Ideas submitted to the competition involving 420 students
  • 20 mentors trained during the year
  • Mentors contributed over 320 hours to the programme
  • 66% said they understand more about engineering, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
  • 57% wanted to find out more about jobs in STEM, as a result of attending a Big Ideas Day
How to set up a business 90.91%
Sustainability 78.79%
Engineering and technology 72.73%
Jobs using STEM 84.85%
Confidence and presentation 90.91%