ONLINE SUPPORT: Your Make a Difference Challenge Annual Licence package includes online CPD certified training and a wealth of resources to guide, inspire and support quality social action in your primary school. Read more
FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING AND SUPPORT: Our Make a Difference Challenge (premium package) includes a whole-day training session, an annual licence to run the programme in your school and access to our online training. Read more
The Make a Difference Challenge is a child-led social action programme that empowers our youngest citizens to be community change-makers. The project challenges pupils to research and identify a social or environmental issue that they feel passionate about. Issues could be anything from homelessness to racism to climate change. Pupils then make a difference to their issue through awareness raising, fundraising or taking practical action. The Make a Difference Challenge provides an excellent context for meaningful SMSC learning, pupil voice and character development.
This programme enables primary aged children to get a real understanding of the issues communities face, and take the lead in addressing the causes or effects of their chosen issues. Pupils learn to empathise with those who are disadvantaged, recognise the role of government, voluntary groups and charitable organisations and consider the part they can play in bringing about positive change.
The Make a Difference Challenge has been running for more than a decade, involving thousands of children and producing many incredible stories of young people’s compassion and resilience. You can read about the difference which children have made to their selected issues and get inspired to lead your own by reading more about some of the Make a Difference Challenge projects.
There are two ways in which teachers and educators can access the Make a Difference Challenge:
For more details of each of these, plus other social action resources and training available to you, click on the thumbnails below.
FREE DROP DOWN DAY: Support primary aged children to Make a Difference in a Day to a community space near you by delivering our drop down day. A free resource pack for teachers comprising session plans, PowerPoints, social action activity suggestions and a pupil workbook.
ONLINE TRAINING: SHORTLISTED FOR THE TEACH PRIMARY AWARDS 2020. Thanks to a grant from the Pears #iwill Fund, primary school teachers can sign up for a free online training course on the importance of social action and how to introduce activity with your pupils. Find out more...
ONLINE TRAINING: This FREE one hour CPD certified online course is an introduction to the importance of supporting children and young people to take a lead in improving the physical landscape of where they live. Read more...
ONLINE SUPPORT: Your Make a Difference Challenge Annual Licence package includes online CPD certified training and a wealth of resources to guide, inspire and support quality social action in your primary school.
HOME LEARNING PACK: This activity pack supports children to make a difference from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help children realise that their actions of compassion and support can make a big difference to society. Get involved - social action has never been more important.
FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING AND SUPPORT: Our Make a Difference Challenge (premium package) includes a whole-day training session, an annual licence to run the programme in your school and access to our online training.