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.pngWith Year 10 and 11 pupils beginning to prepare for their GCSEs, the format of the programme shifts to online engagement. The Year 10 and 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. We also include 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. By taking part in the programme, pupils will have the opportunity to follow their interests in depth, while developing study skills and confidence in their abilities.

Following the online classes, there will be a competitive application process for a free Summer School at St John’s College. Learn more about this under the FAQ tab below!

The course takes place on our website Inspire Digital; you can access the course homepage here.

Download the programme flyer here! (PDF)

Registration for the 2020-21 programme is now closed. We will be in touch with all applicants in due course.

Who is eligible for the programme?

This programme is open to all Year 10 and 11 pupils from non-selective state schools.

Year 11 pupils enrol on the course for 2020-21, and will have the chance to apply for a Summer School place in 2021.

Year 10 pupils enrol on the course for 2020-22, and will have the chance to apply for a Summer School place in 2022.

How do pupils sign up?

Pupils can register for the course by filling out the registration form. Parents will also need to complete a consent form. The deadline to sign up is Friday 27 November 2020.

Registration will be first come first served, with a limit on 1,000 participants, so make sure you sign up early!

What is the cost of the programme?

All resources and events are free to qualifying participants. We can also cover costs of travel to the summer school for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are in care.

What does the programme involve?

The 2020-21 programme will be themed around the question “Why does evolution matter?” This question will be addressed from a number of different subject perspectives in four virtual classes, which will be released in Spring Term 2021. The schedule for the programme is as follows:

Introduction to the course: Why does evolution matter?

Release date: 14 December 2020

Class 1: Biology and Darwinian evolution

Subjects covered: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Maths
Release date: 4 January 2021
Competition deadline: 1 February 2021

Class 2: Evolution as a metaphor

Subjects covered: English, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages
Release date: 1 February 2021
Competition deadline: 1 March 2021

Class 3: Evolution, science and technology

Subjects covered: Engineering, Maths, Medicine, Physics, Psychology
Release date: 1 March 2021
Competition deadline: 29 March 2021

Class 4: Culture and history through the lens of evolution

Subjects covered: Classics, Economics, History, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Theology
Release date: 29 March 2021
Competition deadline: 26 April 2021

Summer School for Year 11

The Inspire Programme Year 11 Summer School is an exciting opportunity for Year 11 pupils on the course to visit St John’s College, Oxford to experience life as an undergraduate student. You will attend workshops led by current university researchers, meet Oxford undergraduates and participate in fun trips around Oxford.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Summer School, Year 11 pupils need to:

  • Be registered for the Year 10 & 11 programme by 27 November 2020
  • Participate in at least one competition during the course of the programme
  • Complete a Summer School application form

There will be a competitive application process for places on the Summer School. The exact dates of the summer school will be announced here in due course, and further details will also be provided in the virtual class materials.

Summer School for Year 10

The Inspire Programme Year 10 Summer School in 2021 is an opportunity for Year 10 pupils on the course to continue their participation through virtual lectures and workshops, videos and all-new interactive activities. The Year 10 Summer School is entirely virtual and free to participate in for all Year 10 pupils registered on the course by 27 November 2020.

Current Year 10 pupils will be able to continue on the course in the 2021-22 academic year, and apply for a place on the 2022 Summer School to visit St John’s College, Oxford.

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. Year 10 and Year 11 pupils’ competition entries will be evaluated separately, so that pupils entering the same competition from different year groups will not be compared against one another.

Two top entries per year group per competition will be awarded prizes in the form of £10-20 Amazon vouchers, and top entries will also be published on Inspire Digital subject to the pupil’s consent. Full details for each competition will be published on Inspire Digital with each class here. Pupils who participate in at least one competition will also receive a certificate of participation at the end of the programme.

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.