What benefits are there to partnering with a school?

If you’re already a volunteer in Scouting, you know how transformative non-formal education can be for a young person. That’s why, even after eleven years of growth, we want to reach more young people than ever before. Partnering with schools could help you to find places to meet and go, share resources such as transportation and equipment, recruit new volunteers already passionate about young people or even create new provision explicitly connected to a school with young people form backgrounds you don’t currently reach.

What can a partnership with a school look like?

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 develop more and different types of young people.

  • 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 volunteers think?

The majority of existing adult volunteers support the concept of Scouting working with schools, and are willing to work with them. They recognise that partnerships can provide resources that Scouting can make use of, and that there are skills and attributes that Scouting can develop in young people that will support their performance at school and in the workplace. Our volunteers also believe passionately that any delivery has to stay true to the Fundamentals of Scouting.

In short, existing volunteers believe working with schools has the potential to support the growth and quality of Scouting, but that such partnerships will depend on the local context.

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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, with many wanting to see achievements recognised through formal education. However, the message was also clear from a majority who did not think Scouting should be compulsory in schools.

What’s the impact on young people?

Young people in Scouting are significantly more likely to take part in all forms of non-formal activities and report higher social and emotional skills than young people not involved in Scouting.


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