This award is open to corporate social responsibility programmes that are developed with the aim of expanding learning, enhancing access to information and providing unique academic experiences. These programmes, with a ‘learning’ theme, should engage local schools or other education/training establishments showing creativity and innovation. It can have any educational focus including (but not limited to) apprenticeships, equality & inclusion, STEM, employability skills or any environmental aspect and will have been delivered between 2014-2016.
The scope of relevant activities includes the use of innovation, the effectiveness of materials used in delivery, the engagement level of students, inclusion of a measurement mechanism as well as the time and resource committed to the project.
The judges will specifically be looking for quantified results of learning; quality of materials; the degree of innovation in delivering the initiative; the level of engagement and use of awareness raising to promote the project; any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to teach others and further educate using the same programme template.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form and reserve the right to award multiple awards for different styles of initiative (weighting percentages in brackets):
- How the project was scoped and developed to set new standards for innovation and creativity; (20%)
- The provision and consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion including disability – Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / Physical / Social Mobility / Mental Health and wellbeing; (20%)
- The extent to which the school and community has helped shape the content and partnership of the project, and how the organisation has helped the school achieve its overall strategies and goals; (20%)
- Measurements of social impact, quantified results of learning and quality of materials used in the initiative; (20%)
- Whether the scheme demonstrate a long-term commitment with an integrated legacy element to ensure ongoing benefits. (20%)