The All In Award is a school based programme designed to develop positive attitudes of young people without learning disabilities towards those with learning disabilities.
Inclusive peer groups are set up to support teamwork, communication and skills development.
Through the award the group set their own goals and aspirations which they achieve through regular sessions across a school term.
The All In Award is a flexible programme built around children’s needs and gives them the opportunity to take part in activities to learn new, different and exciting skills.
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What is the All in Award?
The All In Award is a project that delivers inclusive activities with children aged 8 to 13 where children with and without learning disabilities will work together, and support each other, to achieve common goals and learn new skills.
The Award is designed to develop positive attitudes of young people without disabilities towards those with a learning disability by creating the establishment of inclusive peer groups in schools.
The inclusive activities are delivered as the All In Award designed to support teamwork, communications and skills development.
Why is the All In Award needed?
8 to 13 years old is a key developmental stage for developing peer groups; if children spend time in inclusive settings they should be more likely to acknowledge difference and form peer groups to accommodate this.
People are more likely to change their attitudes toward a group for whom they have held negative views when they are required to achieve a single goal in co-operation with that group.
The All In Award sits under Mencap’s Changing Attitudes strategy and aims to change negative perceptions and form inclusive peer groups with this age group.
How does it work?
Groups take part in 10 to 12 hours of activity over the school term. Sessions start with team building exercises and session planning. Groups then choose either hobbies, fitness or life skills topic to achieve the award.
The schools create positive and meaningful activities and workshops for students to create an inclusive learning environment between new groups of students who have not been in a learning environment together before.
What has been the outcome/success so far?
The All In Award has been piloted and tested in 11 schools so far.
The project is being rolled out in London, Kent and Bradford.
Outcomes being measured are attitude change, confidence and new skills developed.
Current status of the project
The project is currently in the pilot and evaluation stage.
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Where is the All In Award running?
The All In Award is currently running in primary and secondary school in Greater London, Kent and Bradford.
Why does Mencap do the All In Award?
Mencap understand that changing attitudes is an important part of people with learning disabilities being included in society.
Research shows that attitudes are formed between the ages of 8-13 and Mencap sees the All In Award as an opportunity to help shape young people’s attitudes towards learning disability.
How can I find out more about the All In Award?
If you would like to find out more about the award or get your school involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is the project funded?
Vanquis Bank has funded the All In Award in 21 schools for three years in London, Kent and Bradford between 2015 to 2019.
How do we know it works?
We are currently evaluating the All In Award in partnership with University College London (UCL) and will have findings from the project in summer 2019.