Different types of partnership…
Partnerships work best when designed locally between you as a volunteer in Scouting and educational leaders. But in our experience, there are three broad types of partnerships that can help grow Scouting and extend its reach across every community in the UK.
Sharing resources, achievements and promoting existing Scouting
Partnerships don’t have to involve a school delivering Scouting directly; there are many ways that Scouting and schools can work together for the benefit of young people from sign-posting young people to existing opportunities to sharing premises and equipment. These can all help to extend the reach and impact of local Scouting to support your students. Similarly, helping to recruit parents as adult volunteers, shared fundraising initiatives, or having a young person’s achievements in Scouting recognised in school are some of the ways in which schools and Scout groups can work together for the benefit of young people.
Extra-curricular (out-of-school time) provision
The delivery of Scouting as an extra-curricular activity, either before or after school, means that young people have the opportunity to participate in non-formal learning activities that they might not access under any other circumstances. This has the added benefit for schools of providing a pre-existing programme of resources that support wider curriculums, and allow young people to develop a range of skills that will support not only their academic journey, but their wider social and emotional development.
Co-curricular (in-school-time) provision
Dedicating part of the weekly timetable to Scouting can help schools deliver across a number of key agendas including Personal, Social, Health Education, British values, and Ofsted’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural requirements. More broadly it provides the freedom for teachers to explore a ‘learning by doing’ approach to tasks, reaffirming prior learning and allowing young people to apply that learning to fun and challenging tasks.
Note that new provision of this sort is not possible until academic year 17/18.