Want to set up some more extra curricular activities in your school? It's not all about sport and you may be surprised by who has some amazing talent on your team. Here are a few tips on how to go about it.
Safeguarding your pupils comes first, whatever the activity you’re organising, ensure those volunteering have had DBS checks.
Sports play a significant part in extra curricular activities, but at many schools, they are the only activities available. So, in planning new activities, see how you can engage the interests of pupils who don’t participate in sport, consider activities such as a reading group, maths, arts and crafts or horticulture.
Utilise your enthusiasms and run extra curricular activities which draw on them, so if you are a whizz at knitting, run a knit and natter group. Your enthusiasm will come across to your students, and that can be an infectious thing, inspring others.
When looking to develop the activities available in your school don’t neglect the skills of your colleagues. Remember, they may well have skills that are not apparent from their job title or their day-to-day responsibilities like baking, gardening or sewing. All of these gifts could enrich the experience of your students.
Encourage older pupils to help run activities, so they can develop their skills too and can add value to their university applications and CVs.
Develop contacts with local businesses; ask your local chambers of commerce or enterprise organisation to point you in the right direction. Some companies may already have staff involved in school and community liaison, while some businesses give their staff time off to volunteer. So utilise the skills available in your local community, to broaden the range of activities available at your school.
Also, don’t neglect to make contact with charitable, voluntary and third sector organisations in your local area; they too are often well practiced when it comes to community engagement and will give your students a fresh perspective on life goals and careers.
Instead of thinking of what you can do for your pupils, consider instead what they can do for others. For example form a group to lead a charitable effort in the school, like organising a shoebox appeal in the lead up to Christmas or undertaking voluntary work in the local area.
Once you have an activity up and running, ask special guests to come along and give a talk. So, for example, if you run a school newspaper – then ask the editor of your local newspaper to give a talk. Have a young historian’s club? Then ask a local curator or archaeologists along to chat about their work. Inviting special guests can give you a fresh perspective on an industry or topic; and inspire those who attend.
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