Big Ideas Competition 2020 Volunteer Survey
Firstly a huge thank you for clicking through so far! It shows you're interested in supporting the Big Ideas programme despite all the uncertainty and challenges we are living through. Thank you!
Owing to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 resulting in both school and business closures, we have completely pivoted the Big Ideas Competition to be run online. It's a huge step for us, something very new and exciting as well as hugely challenging in the time frame that we have.
On the 18th March we had over 150 Big Ideas submitted into the Big Ideas Competition. Students, teachers and mentors alike have been working incredibly hard to submit their ideas and we have therefore taken the decision, in consultation with our school and business partners, to try to and continue to run the Competition virtually; and that is where you come in.
We are looking for volunteers to support students in a number of different ways leading up to our virtual Regional Final events that will take place in late June and early July.
The different opportunities for supporting students are as follows:
1. Basic proofreading of student work - this will involve receiving work via email from the S4TP team, basic proofreading what is written and then replying with edit suggestions by email to S4TP. No direct contact with students therefore no DBS required.
2. Feedback and content suggestions for Big Idea teams business plans and PowerPoints - this will involve receiving work via email from the S4TP team, providing feedback, including questions and content suggestions, for the team and then replying by email to S4TP. No direct contact with students therefore no DBS required.
3. Email support to Big Ideas teams (via S4TP team) - this will involve the S4TP team directing specific questions from the students to you via email or telephone depending on the areas of knowledge and skills that you specify in this questionnaire. No direct contact with students therefore no DBS required.
4. Expert Interview - this would involve answering a series of questions designed by a Big Ideas team. The S4TP team would match you with a set of questions that connect to your expertise, based on your questionnaire responses. There is no obligation to answer the questions if you feel you are not the right person. The actual interview could take place as a written response (no DBS required) or as a facilitated virtual interview online (DBS required).
5. Virtual mentoring (via video or telephone conference) - this would involve taking part in a live virtual mentoring session. The students would share their work and both they and the mentor would prepare some questions in advance for discussion on the call. These sessions would follow all safeguarding practices (DBS required)
6. Team Forum support - this would involve allocation to a specific team and providing written online support through S4TP's online platform directly with the students (DBS not required as moderated by S4TP)