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Experiences from educators and young people

Educators and young people tell us what it is that inspires them.

Throughout the course, we will be referring to teachers, educators or group leaders.

These terms encompass the range of people and organisations you may collaborate with in your capacity as a volunteer. This includes teachers in schools and colleges, uniform group leaders (Scouts, Girl Guides, etc.), outreach officers from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), youth workers from the third sector, education officers in museums and galleries, and science festival public engagement coordinators.

In the video above we asked educators and young people in a secondary school, in this case a special educational setting for students with moderate and severe learning difficulties, for their thoughts on what makes engaging and inspiring activities.


Using the ideas from the video and your own experiences, we would like you to come up with a list of what makes an activity engaging and inspiring. In the comments below, post your top three ideas.
Take a look at what other learners have posted and ‘like’ their suggestions if you agree with them. We’ll compile a list of the best suggestions to include in future courses.
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