Years 9, 10 and 11 Inspire Programme

Welcome to the Inspire Programme for Years 9, 10 and 11!

St John’s College is pleased to launch the Inspire Programme for Years 9, 10 and 11, 2021-22. This is an online, self-guided course, run in collaboration with Oxford South East, open to all pupils in non-selective UK state schools, focusing on a central theme which is approached from a variety of subject viewpoints. Each virtual class includes articles, quizzes, and challenges, which participants can work through independently. We also include information on making informed choices about A-level subjects and university study, study skills, and revision skills. By taking part in the programme you will have an opportunity to follow your interests in depth, while developing skills and confidence in your ability. You will also have the chance to submit your responses to each class’s challenges, to be in with a chance of winning prizes!

Course outline

The 2021-22 programme is entitled “Visions of the Future”. Throughout four virtual classes, which will be released monthly in Spring Term 2022, the theme will be addressed from a wide range of different subject perspectives from across Maths, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

The programme will examine some of the key areas in which our world is changing in the 21st century, and the implications this has for our lives and our societies, as well as exploring how people have responded throughout history to periods of great change – whether artistically, politically, philosophically, and so on. We will look at areas of cutting-edge scientific research, such as Artificial Intelligence, computing, and nanotechnology. We will look at how technological developments are revolutionising the way we see the world, both past and present, and question some of the most pressing ethical dilemmas facing humanity today: gene-editing, wildlife conservation, and the fight against climate change. And we will explore how societies, from the Ancient Greeks right through to the present day, have responded to a constantly-changing world.

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All participants also take part in a Virtual Summer School, which will take place in summer 2022. Furthermore, Year 11 participants are eligible to apply for a place on our residential Summer School, which will take place in-person at St John’s College, Oxford. More details about the Summer Schools can be found below.

Current Year 9 and 10 pupils will be able to continue on the course in the 2022-23 academic year.

Virtual Summer School

The Inspire Programme Virtual Summer School is an opportunity for participants on the course to continue their participation through virtual lectures and workshops, videos and all-new interactive activities. The Virtual Summer School is entirely free to participate in for all pupils registered on the course by 30 November 2021.

Residential Summer School for Year 11

The Inspire Programme Year 11 Summer School is an exciting opportunity for some of the Year 11 pupils on the course to visit St John’s College, Oxford to experience life as an undergraduate student. You will attend lectures and 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 9, 10 & 11 programme by 30 November 2021
  • Enter at least one challenge or submit a piece of work during 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.

Travel & Digital Assistance Awards

The programme is free of charge to all registered 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. Additionally, students who may have limited access to digital resources will be eligible to apply for digital assistance support grants.

Considering Applying?

Remember to fill out the Pupil Registration Form and the Parent/Guardian Consent Form by Tuesday, 30th November, 2021.

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