Introduction to Social Action for Primary Teachers (online training)

Thanks to the Pears #iwill Fund, we’ve created an online training course on the importance of social action and how to introduce the topic to children. Suitable for primary teachers, this training is free!

The bite-size activities in this one hour course are designed to introduce you to ‘social action’ and explain the value and benefit of running community projects with primary aged children. The training content is a mixture of text to read and digest; answering questions about video clips; completing short quizzes; and watching presentations. There are handouts for all key points. Copies of presentations can be downloaded and used again later. What’s more, this course is certified by the CPD Standards Office and validated as contributing to one hour’s CPD.

The objectives of this training are to:

  • Introduce teachers to the concept of facilitating social action in primary school;
  • Explore the triple benefit of social action: to the child, to the school, to the community;
  • Explore different types of social action;
  • Explore what makes an effective social action project for primary school aged children;
  • Share good practice examples of social action taking place in primary schools;
  • Introduce the Young Citizens Make a Difference Challenge programme as a framework for primary school social action.

Course structure:

  • Lecture 1: What is social action?
  • Lecture 2: Who benefits from social action projects running in primary schools?
  • Lecture 3: What makes an effective social action project? Sharing good practice.
  • Lecture 4: A structure for your social action projects: Make a Difference Challenge.
  • Lecture 5: Test what you’ve learnt.
  • Lecture 6: What will do you with your learning?

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Please note: due to funding the course has been designed to be used by teachers working in England, and so if you’re hoping to access it from elsewhere you are very welcome – but remember you may need to tweak a few of the references to English policies/procedures to make them relevant to your own context.

This programme was made possible by a grant from the Pears #iwill Fund.


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