Teachers and young people are set to be inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Values with the launch of the Values Awards from Get Set, the official youth engagement programme of the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association.
The Values Awards will offer primary and secondary schools the opportunity to recognise and reward young people aged between 7 and 19 for their commitment to the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect, and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination, courage and equality. Young people will develop life skills, get active and learn how to become responsible citizens.
The Get Set Values Awards build on the success of Get Set for Community Action, which empowered more than 18,000 young people to make real changes within their community using the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Exclusive prizes to be won
Throughout the Autumn term, your school will be entered into a special prize draw for every student who completes one of the three Values Awards before 2 February.
That means schools and students stand a chance of winning exclusive prizes, including a visit from multiple Paralympic Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen CBE or Rio 2016 silver medal-winning Rugby 7s star James Rodwell, one of five Samsung Tablets, signed athlete goodies or an exclusive Values Awards poster.
Upon completion of each Award, you can unlock certificates for your students and have your school entered into our prize draw!
Free resources for schools
The Values Awards are a brilliant way to introduce and develop values and character education, while also structuring your students’ volunteering project and rewarding their achievements.
- Students will work through three categories, comprised of online and practical activities and challenges to help them build life skills, get active and become responsible citizens:
- Introduce students aged 7-11 to the Olympic and Paralympic Values with the Stars Award
- Explore ways to apply the Values to the everyday lives of students aged 11-14 with the Champions Award
- Ask your students aged 14-19 to evidence their volunteering activities with the Ambassadors Award
Developing vital life skills
The Get Set Values Awards are curriculum-linked for PSHE, PSE, Citizenship and other related programmes of study for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the broader delivery of values-based education.
The Values Awards will help young people to develop a range of key skills and learnings such as resilience, active citizenship, teamwork and the importance of social wellbeing.
How to get started
Sign-up for teachers is quick and easy:
- Sign up to the Get Set Values Awards
- Create a class and add your students to generate class logins
- Students share evidence and reflections of their volunteering and unlock their online certificate and badge
Gayle Morison, class teacher at Kyleakin Primary in Scotland, said: “The Get Set Values Awards tied in perfectly with my plans to cover Health and Wellbeing. The challenges were all great and really engaged my pupils, prompting lots of discussion. Linking everything to Olympic athletes worked really well.
“In fact, because of the Values Awards we have adopted the Olympic and Paralympic Values as part of our school ethos!”
Multiple Paralympic Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen CBE said: “As somebody who has lived the Paralympic Values, it’s great to be part of the Get Set Values Awards and I’m excited to see how pupils around the country are applying the Paralympic and Olympic Values to their everyday lives. I’ll be visiting one lucky school somewhere in the UK, so make sure you sign up and take part for a chance to win!”
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The Get Set Values Awards bring the Olympic and Paralympic Values to life, helping teachers to relate these values to students’ everyday lives. And the Get Set programme continues to provide young people with fantastic opportunities to learn, to understand and to appreciate more about themselves and how they can positively change their communities.
“This is another brilliant example of how we can continue to empower young people, strengthen community relationships and promote more positive perceptions of disability.”
Jan Paterson, CEO of the British Olympic Foundation, said: “The Values Awards are a wonderful initiative to help young people develop key life skills and understand the importance of becoming responsible citizens. By taking part in the awards we hope participants will become more active both physically and within their communities to enhance their own lifestyle and benefit others.”
For more information and to register for the Values Awards, please visit: www.getset.co.uk/values-awards. Tweet us your Values Awards story on Twitter at #GSValuesAwards.