Helping you learn about the new programme

Deborah Lodge explains how leaders and volunteers will be able to learn all about our updated programme this summer

Deborah, Specialist volunteer
10 Jan 2018

You’ll be able to explore the exciting new Girlguiding programme during the 2018/19 academic year.

This will be a year to try it out and consider with your girls how you’ll make it work for your unit.

I know some of you will want to get started straight away whilst others will want to explore the new programme gradually throughout the year. We’re designing a variety of learning resources to help you get to grips with the programme updates, whenever and however it suits you and your unit.

My aim is to ensure that you are given all the training and support you need. And I’ve been working with the Learning and Development and Programme teams at Girlguiding to plan how we’ll do this.

Training to suit you

Time is precious, and we recognise the amount that all our leaders already give to Girlguiding. We're also aware that different learning styles suit different people, and we’ve been keeping all this in mind as we plan what will be available.

From summer 2018, once the new programme has been revealed, you’ll be able to access the following opportunities:

  • Independent e-learning which can be done at a time to suit you through the Girlguiding website.
  • Webinars led by a Girlguiding trainer, which you can attend from the comfort of your own home. These scheduled online trainings will also allow you to interact and ask questions.
  • Local in-person training opportunities throughout the 2018/19 academic year organised by your districts, divisions or county and delivered by Girlguiding trainers.
  • Supporting resources to accompany each form of training and explain the programme in detail.

By April we will have provided you with further information on what you can expect from each of these opportunities.

The new programme has been designed to be “pick-up-and-go” and it’s exactly that. But attending an in-person training session or webinar will allow you to meet with other leaders and discuss how to approach facilitating the programme in your own unit. Trainings are great fun and offer a chance to get to know others and discuss ideas. 

However, we also know that not everyone will be able to attend a training in person or a webinar, so the e-learning options will offer an alternative way of discovering the programme. These will be offered in short, manageable chunks so you can complete sections in your own time, when it suits you (be that using a tablet on a beach or using a laptop on your sofa with a cup of tea!). You can also use e-learning to go over things you’ve discussed in other trainings or to answer questions about a specific aspect of the programme as they crop up!

My challenge to you

I'd like to encourage you to think about which of the different training opportunities will suit you best. You’re in charge of your unique learning journey, so why not start a conversation with your unit (or maybe district) teams about the new programme and what form your learning journeys may take?

Watch out for resources to help you do this, be on the lookout for local training opportunities and keep checking the programme journey webpage and reading ‘Discover, grow’ to learn more about the new programme.

Please remember though, that 2018-2019 is a changeover year. You don’t need to be an expert on the first day of the autumn term but we hope this period will give you plenty of time to learn, try out and become confident with the new programme.

You can choose to start the new programme in full straight away (or at any point during the year) or mix aspects of the current programme with new ones – it’s entirely up to you.

Don’t forget you can email [email protected] with any questions or comments about the new programme.

Supporting our trainers

Over the past few months we’ve been busy working on resources for delivering new programme training.

Our team of volunteers, all experienced Girlguiding trainers, are developing training modules around each of the core elements of the new programme. Each module will have a resource pack to support it, made up of a presentation, training plan and all supporting materials. Everything is designed so you can spend more time supporting leaders and less time on planning.

Full training resources will be available when the programme is revealed in summer 2018 and a detailed overview of what resources you can expect will be shared with you in April. I’m aware that this might be later than you hoped, but elements of the programme are still being finalised. We need to wait until they are revealed to provide you with a complete set of accurate and high-quality training materials.

I know that some of you already have significant new programme training planned from April. If that’s the case, you might want to pilot some of the draft training materials in April and May 2018. Please get in touch at the email address below by 31 January, and let us know when and where your training is scheduled, how many attendees you'll have and its likely audience.

Remember to keep using the Our Journey PowerPoint, which continues to be updated regularly with all the latest information about the new programme.

We’ll keep updating this right up until the full training resources are released in summer 2018, so that you can be assured that you are sharing the most current information with leaders.

I hope you will find all the resources we’re working on helpful and in the meantime, if you have any questions or comments then we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us at [email protected]

About Deborah

Deborah Lodge is our specialist volunteer for Learning and Development, and part of our team of volunteers working specifially on our new programme. She is also a guiding trainer and unit leader.