This award is open to 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 and can focus on any area of learning such as health & nutrition, employability skills, apprenticeships, diversity equality & inclusion, the environment or STEM and will have been delivered between 2016-2018 or will be ongoing.
The judges will specifically be looking for quantified results of learning; quality and effectiveness of materials used; the degree of innovation in delivering the initiative; the level of student 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; and finally the time and resource committed to the project.
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; (25%)
- The provision and consideration of equality, diversity and inclusion including disability – Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / Physical / Social Mobility / Mental Health and wellbeing; (15%)
- 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; (25%)
- Measurements of social impact, quantified results of learning and quality of materials used in the initiative; (25%)
- Whether the scheme demonstrate a long-term commitment with an integrated legacy element to ensure ongoing benefits. (10%)