Three Form 6 pupils, Dan, Ansh and Katrina, took part in the LOROS LIFE project on Friday – a challenge hosted by Uppingham School and involving schools from across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Pupils were put into cross-school groups and given a challenge to work on, such as how to engage young people in volunteering or using technology to address inequality, with the aim of producing innovative and practical solutions to the problem. They worked with each other via Zoom for several weeks and were also able to access world-leading experts in relevant fields via webinars and virtual Q&As. They then went on to produce an 8 minute presentation to a panel of esteemed judges, including several LOROS Board members.
The judges were blown away by the creativity and engagement of all the young people involved but Dan’s team were ultimately considered to be the winners of their challenge area. Their volunteering award scheme, modelled on and developed from the DofE programme, offered an ‘out of the box’ solution to the problem of volunteer recruitment and has since garnered serious interest from the LOROS board who are keen to develop it.
Deputy Head (Co-curriculum), James Robinson said ‘All of the teams were seriously impressive and the pupils have loved being involved. It is the tangible link to a real charity and doing something that might have a real-life outcome which is so meaningful. We could not be prouder of Dan, Ansh and Katrina for all their hard work’.