We are excited to launch our Inspire Programme for Year 11: Online engagement, competitions and a virtual summer school!

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 public health situation, St John’s College events are now suspended until further notice. We will provide updated details here if and when the situation changes, but for now it should be assumed that no events will be going ahead unless explicitly stated otherwise. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time, and if you have any questions, please get in touch using the options below.

Registration information for the online 2020-2021 programme will be available before Christmas 2020.

With Year 11 pupils studying for their GCSEs, the format of the programme shifts to online engagement. The Year 11 programme is an online course focussing on one central question which is approached from a variety of subject viewpoints; each class includes articles, quizzes, games and competitions. Each class also includes information on making informed choices about A-level subjects, conducting research and effective note-taking, writing compelling academic essays, problem-solving and scientific analysis and revision skills. Following the online classes, pupils will be able to apply to attend a free Summer School at St John’s College in 2020. We have travel awards available to help pupils cover the cost of traveling to and from St John's College; click here for more information on these awards.

The 2019-2020 course materials can be accessed in full here.


MT19 access summary - Inspire Year 11

How do pupils sign up?

Signups are now closed for the 2019-20 programme. Registration information for the 2020-2021 programme will be available in autumn 2020.

Who is eligible for the Year 11 programme?

This programme is open to all Year 11 pupils from non-selective state schools.

What is the cost of the programme?

All resources and events are free to qualifying participants.

What will the programme involve?

The 2019-20 programme will be themed around the question “What is the power of a volcano?” This question will be addressed from a number of different subject perspectives during the course of online classes which will be released in Spring Term 2020. The schedule for the programme is as follows:

Welcome to the programme

  • Release date: 9 December 2019

Class 1: Handling volcanic objects

  • Release date: 6 January 2020
  • Competition deadline: 27 January 2020

Class 2: Volcanoes in the sciences

  • Release date: 27 January 2020
  • Competition deadline: 24 February 2020

Class 3: Explosive creativity

  • Release date: 24 February 2020
  • Competition deadline: 23 March 2020

Virtual Summer School

  • 3-4 August 2020

How do the competitions work?

Each class will contain a number of competitions in the form of maths questions, short writing prompts or creative multimedia assignments. Pupils can pick and choose which competitions to take part in, and winning entries will be published on Inspire Digital subject to the pupil’s consent. Prizes will range from £10-20 Amazon vouchers; full details will be published on Inspire Digital with each class here. Pupils who participate in at least one competition will also receive a certificate at the end of the programme.

How do pupils sign up for the summer school?

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 public health situation, the summer school will take place virtually from 3-4 August 2020. All students enrolled on the Year 11 programme are eligible to participate and will be sent full details about the Virtual Summer School via email. You can also keep up to date on the Virtual Summer School page on Inspire Digital.

How do we use pupils’ information?

To help determine whether our activities are helping participants move on from school into further education, higher education and employment it is important that we collect information about the students who take part in them. We use the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) service and database to record information about our outreach activities and the students who take part in these activities. HEAT gives us the ability to track the educational journey of our outreach participants into university and beyond into employment. To find out more about how HEAT does this please see here. The data we collect is used to monitor, evaluate and improve our outreach activities and is never sold to any third party organisations. To find out all the specific details of how data stored in HEAT is used please read our privacy notice, which can be found here. Please address any comments or questions you have to inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk. Pupils are asked to read and agree to the privacy notice as part of the registration for the programme.