Set up a Community Action Team

The best way to engage your students in School Diversity Week is to support them to organise events – you may have an existing Pride Group or Student Leadership Team whom you can ask to take on responsibilities.

 

If you don’t have a current group, you can set up a Community Action Team to take the lead on organising an event during the week. It’s a great way to kickstart social action projects in your school and help students build valuable skills for UCAS applications and their CVs.

Step 1: Recruit the community action team

Advertise the opportunity to students and form tutors using our email template and posters. Older year groups, in particular, will benefit from the chance to develop organisational and leadership skills they can use for their CV and UCAS application. Click here to generate a template email

Step 2: Choose you event(s)

Assign actions to specific team members

Highlight any key risks and make sure the team has thought of ways to avoid or reduce them, as well as potential ‘Plan Bs’

■ Agree time and place for the next meeting

Step 3: Assign roles and responsibilities


Explain the leadership roles and responsibilities, for example

Team Leader: chair of the group

Publicist: responsible for marketing and recruiting for events

Producer: responsible for logistics such booking a room

Fundraiser: responsible for raising money from the event  

Get students to decide on leadership positions

Decide on how best to communicate - recommend that they set up a group chat, like a WhatsApp (although you won’t be able to take part), making sure they include everyone

Step 4: Plan the event


Help students organise the event timeline, making sure they add in key milestones to mark progress

Encourage them to use the event checklist (below) to think about everything they need for the event, such as room space, materials, permissions, sponsorship and advertising

Assign actions to specific team members

Highlight any key risks and make sure the team has thought of ways to avoid or reduce them, as well as potential ‘Plan Bs’

■ Agree time and place for the next meeting

Step 5: On the day

■ Confirm room bookings 

Get a final announcement in form time or assembly 

Assign actions to specific team members

Leave time to go over finishing touches

■ Have a team meeting before the event starts - check that everyone knows what they’re doing