Running an outreach activity
Your events must be planned meticulously. Whether a short talk in an assembly or a taster event for 25 schoolgirls, you must be able to delivery with confidence and clarity. Be ready to impact and attract your audience.
We have good communication with the teacher at the school who is leading this activity.
- The teacher at the school will be the best person to support you to ensure your activity is effective.
- Make sure you are in communication and that you are clear on what you are delivering and what they are expecting.
- It may be helpful to discuss how your talk fits into the curriculum and if there is anything the teacher would like included.
It can help to write this down and send to them afterwards to confirm what you discussed.You can check on classroom management – will the teacher be present throughout (the answer should be ‘yes’), is there a technician available?
We have identified the correct student group for this activity.
- The teacher can help you identify which students would benefit most from your event. You may need to check they are likely to achieve the right GCSE grades for your opportunities.
- You may want an all-female audience. It is quite legal to run a female only event to encourage applications from under-represented groups through positive action.
- You could ask for a 50/50 male/female split following the lead of companies such as MBDA and Ahead Partnership who have a policy of all work experience/outreach cohorts being 50% female. Be clear about this from the outset – and ensure you explain why.
- If you only have students who already express interest in STEM, you may miss out on potentially talented students who have, due to misinformation, already dismissed this option as not for them.
Note : People Like Me is designed for an all-female audience, male students may find this difficult and you should adapt materials to suit.Decide how many students you will be comfortable with for the activity.
We understand the student group we will deliver the activity to.
If you know the abilities and some background on the student group, you can prepare and tailor your activity to meet their needs, abilities and expectations.
- The teacher can advise you about the abilities of the group, and any relevant prior learning.
- Check with the teacher if there are students with any particular needs, disabilities or behavioural issues.
We have prepared for the delivery of the activity and have all the resources required.
Make use of the checklists available in this toolkit to prepare for your activity.
You will need to consider
- How much time you have and what is feasible in that time.
- What resources you will need.
- The ages and abilities of students.
- What they may already know (or not know).
- Potential health and safety issues.
- Do prepare notes or a session plan for your activity – it will really help your confidence.
- Only do what you feel confident to deliver. Your enthusiasm and passion is the key.
- Employees involved with delivery may want to undertake some training to deliver the session.
- Do include a method to check students learning – a simple Q&A can be effective
Do consider running a briefing or an event for teachers in advance of the one you intend to offer students. This can support the teachers to understand the opportunities available to women in your organisation and enable them to actively promote the activity to their female students. These types of activities are covered under CPD and are welcomed by schools.
We have follow on activities for delegates who express an interest in pursuing a STEM career or want to know more.
It is critical that you maintain a contact with and support any students who express an interest in pursuing a STEM career, and delegates (teachers, students, parents) who just want to find out more.
- Make sure that you have permission to retain the information for of all the delegates – students, parents and teachers.
- Do decide in advance what you can offer as a follow up activity
- Another event.
- Work experience.
- Support to complete applications.
- A named contact at your organisation.
And have permission to follow up with them later.
Provide this information on the day.