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Community Organising in Schools

This 5-part online training is specifically designed for Education Leaders, covering the following:

  1. Understanding change, power and self-interest
  2. Building relational power through 121s
  3. Engaging students, staff and parents in the Community Organising “cycle of action”
  4. Developing leaders in your school community
  5. Evaluation and Making a Plan

Throughout the training, you will be presented with case studies that are specific to the context of schools, based on the Community Organising work that Citizens UK alliances have been doing with member schools for over three decades.

You will be equipped with practical advice and tools that will enable you to develop an initial plan of action for how you will build a team embed a Community Organising approach in your school.

You'll be trained by a range of experienced Community Organisers from across our network of Citizens alliances – spreading from Wales to Newcastle and East London – to gain different perspectives. Moreover, each session will provide ample opportunities for you to connect and learn from fellow education leaders who are grappling with similar goals and challenges to yours.

I gained a lot from these sessions and feel clear about how I can put things into practice. I’m left with a stronger appreciation for the fact that we all have access to power, especially if we set out to build relationships in our schools and communities effectively by organising around shared interests. Natasha Boyce, RE teacher, LiFE Multi-Academy Trust, Leicester & Leicestershire Citizens

This training has given us much to think about and implement. In our roles, we are used to sharing our own personal story to build rapport with the pupils and parents we support. Learning about how story-telling can also be a technique to build relationships through which we can build powerful teams that act effectively for social change was particularly enlightening. Thank you for this brilliant opportunity! Claire Crow and Tina Simbo, Link Workers at North East Wellbeing, Tyne & Wear Citizens

Cohort 2
Spring Term (2021)

  • 24th February
  • 3rd March
  • 10th March
  • 17th March
  • 24th March

Register for Cohort 2 group.

Cohort 3
Summer Term (2021)

  • 9th June
  • 16th June
  • 23rd June
  • 30th June
  • 7th July

Register to Cohort 3 group.

Dates:
Wednesdays

Times:

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration process: After registering onto your preferred cohort, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link you will need to access for each session. Please save this in your online calendar.

Frequently Asked Question

1. What costs are involved?

Organisations that are in dues-paying membership with Citizens UK do not incur any additional costs. Schools and other educational institutions that are thinking about becoming a member of Citizens UK may access this programme and all its resources (videos, PowerPoints, etc.) at a cost of £500 per organisation.

This will enable up to two members of staff to attend the online training cohorts and up to five to attend the Schools Conference. Should your organisation subsequently join Citizens UK, the £500 fee will be deducted from the level of annual dues agreed with your local Community Organiser.

2. Who should attend the training and Conference?

The training is suitable for education leaders with a range of roles and levels of seniority: from teaching assistants, to heads of department and headteachers, through to link workers.

What matters is that you have buy-in from your school / organisation to put your learning into practice and that you are enthusiastic about how through Community Organising we can develop young people, create a more relational culture within schools that leads to stronger relationships between staff, students and parents, as well as stronger relationships with leaders from the wider local community and – crucially – how we can achieve meaningful, people-powered change.

Participants have included people who are very new to Community Organising through to those who have attended previous training but are looking to embed Community Organising more deeply in their context.


3. How does this training programme differ from other training offered by Citizens UK?

We recognise that due to the pressure that schools are under, it can be very difficult to send staff on our Regional (3-day) or National (6-day) residential training courses, or on our non-residential training days run locally by your Citizens Chapter.

This training is meant to be more accessible to education leaders. However, it doesn't replace the more in-depth training which you are encouraged to enrol in at a later stage!

Contact: please contact your local Community Organiser to discuss how our Schools Programme fits within your membership plans and those of your local Citizens alliance. Alternatively, email schools@citizensuk.org with any questions.

Check out the recordings of free online workshops we ran for for young people and school staff run in collaboration with Microsoft below, and see more information on the trainings we ran in early summer 2020.


Resources

Presentation from Newman Catholic College