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Enabling Youth Social Action

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A 15-month interactive training programme open to all England-based teachers who actively work with young people aged 10-18.

Course Summary

Enabling Youth Social action will train you in how to enable Youth Social Action through project based learning at your school. The course is split into two phases, theory and practice, and straddles two academic years. We will meet ten times for monthly online learning sessions of no more than 60 minutes. From February to June 2024, you will master the theory of Youth Social Action and the Dirt Is Good approach. After the summer break, you will apply what you’ve learned as we enter the practice phase of the course. You will complete the course in June 2025.
This course will be led by the designer of the award-winning Dirt Is Good Project Schools Programme, Dr. Morgan Phillips, and Global Action Plan’s Head of Youth Networks, Dr. Rachel Manning. It has been designed to support you to enable youth social action with a group of young people using the Dirt Is Good Project methodology.

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Enabling Youth Social Action is open to all educators, but particularly aimed at qualified teachers who currently work with young people in schools with >25% FSM and higher than average % EAL.

Course Programme and Dates

The course will run from February 2024 - June 2025, straddling two academic years. Sessions will be held online via Zoom.

  • Year 1 – Theory: We will look at how to enable Youth Social Action using the award-winning Dirt Is Good Project methodology.
  • Year 2 – Practice: You will implement the Dirt Is Good methodology with a group of young people, with support and guidance from Global Action Plan’s experts.

*Dates and times in the table are TBC, please indicate your preference via the application form, we may run each session twice to enable all course participants to attend. All sessions will be recorded and made available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This course is aimed at educators who currently work directly with young people in schools with >25% FSM and higher than average % EAL. If your school does not meet these criteria, but you are still interested in taking part in this course, please email [email protected].

In order to take part in this course, you must be a qualified teacher who works directly with a group of at least 15 students (aged 10-18) within a school environment.

To be part of the course you will need to commit to attending 7 out of the 10 sessions. We understand that life happens and often this is out of our control, but at the beginning of the course, you will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to the requirements and commitments of the course.

Sessions will be recorded for training purposes only and will not be publicly available following the sessions.

During Year 1 (February-June 2024) of the course, you will be required to attend five online sessions. There will be the opportunity to read and further your learning outside of this time, between sessions. During Year 2 (Sept 2024-June 2025) you will be required to attend five online sessions. Additionally, you will be expected to work with a group of at least 15 students (aged 10-18) for one hour each week over a ten-week period to put your learning into action in the classroom. You can find the course timetable here.

Yes, it is likely that you will need support from SLT to ensure that you have capacity and time to run the project within your timetable during Year 2 of the course.

Please let us know in your application about any accessibility requirements you may have, and we can make any reasonable adjustments to the course. If you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please email [email protected] with the subject ‘enabling youth social action programme.’

To apply for a place on this course, please complete this form: https://forms.office.com/e/Ykc97YJDrH

by Monday 8th January 2024, 5pm. 

No, this course is free for educators.  

This is a non-accredited course delivered by Global Action Plan. All participants will be awarded with a Global Action Plan/#iwill Fund certificate upon completion of the course.

Applications for the course close on Monday 8th January 2024 at 5pm. In the event that the course is oversubscribed, we will review applications based on the required criteria above of being a qualified teacher who currently works directly with young people in schools with >25% FSM and higher than average % EAL, as well as and reviewing the availability of applicants.

If you have any further questions that aren’t covered in this overview, please email [email protected] with the subject ‘Enabling youth social action programme.’

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