Invitation to the GSL Summer Catalyst @Home | UK

We are delighted to invite socially active and creative young people to take part in an online global leadership development programme.

  • Age Eligibility |  11 to 15
  • School Eligibility | State funded-school in the UK (this is a funded programme with eligibility criteria)
  • Duration | One week live course (part time 3 hours per day delivered in the mornings on week days) followed by the option to complete 3 online courses in your own time, with scheduled times to access support
  • Dates | The one-week live course has three options available – you can choose during registration your preferred week 
    – 27th-31st July – Fully Booked
    – 3rd-7th August – Fully Booked
    – 10th-14th August
  • Access online courses | After taking part in the ‘one-week’ – course – Participants will have access to 3 weeks of online courses and live support from the GSL team. This will be available to access in your own time. 
  • Fully funded | The programme is fully funded by Innovate UK, and there is no charge for participation (if you are eligible and selected to take part).

The GSL Summer Catalyst @Home is designed by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute in partnership with Wellington College.  The programme is funded by Innovate UK.

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Programme Aims and Outcomes

  • Future World of Work Skills: The Four Cs of 21st century learning

The future employment landscape is always changing, and there are lots of choices facing young people around education, jobs and their future!  We want to support you to continue to build these skills foundations on our programmes by focusing on The Four C’s. 

“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”). Students need to master additional subject areas, including foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies.  Educators must complement all of those subjects with the “Four Cs” to prepare young people for the global workforce” [Extract from research carried out by the National Education Association]. 

  • OECD Learning Compass

We have shaped our programme based on The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Learning Compass which has focused on what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need today to thrive in and shape their world. 

The GSL Summer Catalyst @Home is shaped to focus on building knowledge, skills attitudes and values through independent learning as well as live sessions connecting young people.  We believe in building the right attitude and values in young people as the foundation for GSL programmes. 

Reflection is a key component to any GSL programme, as part of the learning processencouraging young people to reflect on their experience throughout the programme, their own individual learning and building their insight. “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” [Dewey (1933:78)] 

The Learning Compass highlights the need for students to learn to navigate by themselves through unfamiliar contexts” [OECD Learning Compass 2030]. 

  • Transformative competencies

The OECD highlight the need to acquire three transformative competencies to help shape the future we want: creating new value, reconciling tensions and dilemmas, and taking responsibility. 

When young people create new value, they ask questions, collaborate with others and try to think “outside the box” in order to find innovative solutions. This blends a sense of purpose with critical thinking and creativity 

Young people need to be able to balance contradictory or seemingly incompatible logics and demands, and become comfortable with complexity and ambiguity. This requires empathy and respect. 

Young people who have the capacity to take responsibility for their actions have a strong moral compass that allows for considered reflection, working with others and respecting the planet. 

[OECD Learning Compass 2030] 

  • Wellbeing

We are in unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to learn to navigate ourselves to changing contexts and adapt in ways that ensure wellbeing. The GSL Summer Catalyst at Home is an opportunity to learn new skills, develop the right mindset and prepare for the future we want. 

We believe it is important to give time and space to develop good mental health and wellbeing.  We will work with the young people on the programme to develop their own toolkit they can open anytime in the future when they need it. 

  • Social Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

The GSL Summer Catalyst at Home will challenge students to THINK GLOBAL and ACT LOCAL, examining the issues behind the Goals and understanding the part they can play by joining the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. 

We also feel that connecting young people from different countries and backgrounds will help shape meaningful discussions on issues as well creating collaborative solutions as Global Citizens. 

Many young people are already running their own projects in their school or community, and the aim of the programme is to build and develop knowledge around the SDGs, but with more of a focus of how they can continue to improve existing projects or start new ones.  We will focus on areas such as understanding the users, measuring impact and how to make a project more sustainable. 

AFTER THE PROGRAMME

STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO ENTER A GLOBAL COMPETITION

After the programme, you will be challenged to start your own social action project working in a team of 3 to 7 students which will make tangible changes within school and the community (local, national or global).

You will be invited to enter the GSL Global Goal Competition.

Registering to attend the programme

Young people wanting to attend the programme will need to register, giving your parent’s or guardian’s contact details, as well as your own email address for future communication about the programme, and log in details. 

When the registration is done, both you and your parent/guardian will receive an acknowledgement email. After you get accepted on the programme your parent/guardian will have to complete a consent form as confirmation that they are happy for you to attend. 

Please make sure you have permission to sign up for the programme. 

Are you a teacher interested in the GSL Summer Catalyst @Home?

We would love teachers to tell their students about this course so they can register as individuals. If you wish to discuss how we can launch the GSL Summer Catalyst @Home for your class or school, we can arrange a call to talk about the programme and how it might work for you. Please note this programme is only available for UK state schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

GSL Summer Catalyst at Home

In order to gain the most of your online learning experience, we recommend you participate in some of the forums. Please note, some of the forums will be focused on launch and develop successful projects; gaining greater impact in your community; and topical debates which will help with your communication and persuasive skills. There will be other topics of discussion based on the requests we receive, for example an informal forum may be set up to for participants to connect with their global peers and exchange shared interests around similar SDG goals and community projects they are currently involved with. 

There are a set number of modules to achieve each week via the online learning platform. Once you complete new modules, you will unlock additional modules to access and complete. 

It’s important that you know what you are signing up to take part in!  This programme involves both independent learning with sessions to completed on an online learning platform, as well as live online sessions with a GSL Coach. 

There are no tests to complete the programme (phew!) or to participate in the programme. You will through have all the content in English.  

As part of the programme, you will have Live Online Sessions with a GSL Coach leading, and with other participants joining from different countries. Please be aware that we will be using Zoom for Live Online Sessions.

The Live Online Sessions will be delivered live at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 09:45 to 12:45

Please make sure you attend the full slot we have allocated – just in case we have to change the start slightly. 

 

The programme is all in English, and we do not provide translations of the materials.  Hopefully in the future we will be able to release a programme that is suitable for a variety of levels of English. 

We would suggest that you need to have a CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference) of B2 or above (C1/ C2) to join this programme. 

We do not ask you to do a test to show your level, so please be aware that this is important you are sure you are happy!  If you are concerned about this, please get in touch with our team before you register. 

There are some free online tests if you want to check your level. 

In the online platform, the three course will have suggested timelines and milestones to complete before you can gain access to subsequent courses. 

It is highly recommended to complete the courses within the set timelines to give you a highest chance of achieving the outcomes and aims. You can complete the three courses earlier than the time suggested or take more time if you need. We want you to take control over the learning process and will support you along the way. We also believe it will help keep you motivated to launch and develop your community projects within the recommended timescale.  

We will not record sessions as a default as the live sessions are made to be interactive and involve all participants. 
In exceptional circumstances, we can discuss the possibility of recording a live session depending on the content and gaining additional consent from parents. Please note, we will need adequate notice if you need to miss an online session.

All participants will have access to a Pastoral Manager who will check in with you and is available to support throughout the programme. 

We do know that sometimes this can be hard to do, and you will have a Pastoral Manager you can contact if you are finding it difficult to complete work, or anything else you need support with. 

All materials will be accessible on the online learning platform. As such, you will need access to the internet as well as a webcam for live sessions. Please note, these materials must not be shared with your friends, classmates and teachers.

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