What benefits are there to partnering with a Scout Group?

Scouting provides fun, friendship and life changing adventure to over 450,000 young people in the UK, making us the country’s largest coeducational youth movement. We build confidence, self-esteem and help girls and boys aged 6-25 develop the skills and values they need to succeed in life. 

 

If you teach or support formal education in a school, you’ll recognise the importance of encouraging ‘personal development’ through the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, British values and character education as key priorities for the Department for Education. Similarly, there is a key focus on ‘wider achievement’ within the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, and a broad consensus surrounding the importance of Personal, Social and Health Education in preparing young people for life in the modern world. Schools are increasingly seeking innovative ways to deliver these programmes, and if there is the right fit locally, Scouting could be a way of delivering on these agendas either in or out of school time. 

What can a partnership with a Scout Group look like?

Partnerships work best when designed locally between you as an educational leader and Scouting locally. But in our experience, there are three broad types of partnerships that can help develop your young people and contribute towards your curriculum.

  • Sharing assets, promoting existing Scouting

    No direct delivery by the school but arrangements for recruiting young people and volunteers, promoting existing Scouting, sharing transport or equipment and recognising Scouting achievements.

  • Extra-curricular (out-of-school time) provision

    Scouting delivered before or after school, in line with existing Scout Association policies. Led by teachers alone, or with existing volunteer support. Pupils are members.

  • Co-curricular (in-school time) provision

    Scouting delivered during the school day solely by teachers or school-based volunteers, with schools following bespoke arrangements agreed with The Scout Association.

What do teachers think?

Nine out of ten teachers agree their pupils would benefit from non-formal education opportunities, both in terms of socio-emotional and employability skills. 58% would welcome a partnership between Scouting and their school.

Our research suggests that given the opportunity, the majority of teachers would like to help deliver non-formal education activities in their school. A lack of time in the timetable, conflicting educational priorities, the focus on pupil’s assessment, alongside that of the school were all cited as barriers to delivering non-formal education.

Let’s hear from some teachers talking about the delivery of Scouting in their school. 

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What do young people think?

There is clear appetite for non-formal learning opportunities. Young people recognise the value of Scouting and the impact it has. Our research suggests that young people want more access to Scouting, and access to a wider range of opportunities. 

A third of all young people and nearly half of pupils receiving free school meals (FSM) wanted to be able to participate in Scouting activities during the school day.

What's the impact on young people?

Across all social and emotional skills tested, young people in Scouting reported higher aptitude than those not involved in Scouting. Scouts were more likely to say they got good marks, and less likely to say school was a waste of time or that they didn’t want to go to school.

Resources

Toolkits, research and videos helping you to create successful partnerships between Scouting and schools.