St John’s College, as part of Oxford for South East, is excited to announce the Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme for 2020-21!

1.pngAfter last year’s successful Year 11 Inspire Programme, in which nearly 600 pupils from all over the UK participated in our virtual course on the power of volcanoes, we are excited to open the programme to Year 10 pupils as well this year!

Our online engagement programme, open to all Year 10 and 11 pupils from non-selective state schools, features a series of virtual classes consisting of articles written by Oxford researchers and academics, supplemented by interview-style questions, games, puzzles, polls and competitions. These virtual classes will supplement pupils’ GCSE preparation by allowing them to engage with a variety of subjects critically and creatively.

This year’s course will centre on the question: “Why does evolution matter?” Each virtual class will examine this question from the perspective of a different set of academic subjects, with a few short articles and several interactive elements such as puzzles, games or short writing questions, for which winning entries will receive Amazon vouchers. Classes will also include reading recommendations and resources for studying for GCSEs.

For Year 11 pupils, the virtual course will conclude with a Summer School at St John’s College taking place in summer 2021. Further details about the Summer School will be released in due course. Year 10 pupils will continue on the course in the next academic year, when they will consider a new question and have the chance to apply for their own Summer School in 2022.

The programme is free of charge to all participants, and all Year 10 and 11 pupils attending non-selective state schools are eligible to enrol. Full details for the programme, including the course outline, can be found in the St John’s College website here. You can also view previous years’ courses on Inspire Digital.

Pupils can sign up for the programme here—just be sure to have your parent fill out their consent form as well! The deadline to sign up is Friday 27 November 2020.

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