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Programme Planning training

Module 12B - part of Section leaders training

Who this is for

Section volunteers completing a Wood Badge. 

Learning Options

Course, Small group or One to one.

How long it takes

2-3 hours.                                               

How to complete it

Demonstration to a Training Adviser. 

What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to plan and review the programme for your section.  

You’ll also learn a variety of methods to generate programme ideas. 

Additional Information

The Section Leader training modules are part of the Wood Badge training for Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders. This is optional for Section Assistants. 

You can complete the modules in any order, within the first three years of volunteering. 

Programme Planning (module 12B) is one of the Section Leaders training modules.  

Validation is showing what you know and that you can use it in practice.

Talk to a Training Adviser to decide if you’ll need to do the learning for this module and what you’ll do to validate it.  

To validate this module, you’ll need to discuss the Check your Knowledge questions with a Training Adviser, and complete two of the following: 

  • Produce a Programme Plan (minimum one month) which takes into consideration the key themes of the programme, the underlying themes of the programme, a range of programme methods, how young people are involved in the programme planning process, and whether activities relate to badges and awards.  
  • Review your programme and produce evidence for how your review has improved the quality of future programmes and the programme planning process. 
  • Any other ideas subject to agreement with a Training Adviser. 

To demonstrate these actions to a Training Adviser, you can: 

  • Invite a Training Adviser to attend and observe a programme planning meeting 
  • Get a written or verbal statement from an observer describing a programme planning meeting you have attended or a programme review you have conducted 
  • Show written material, such as programme plan and programme review documents  
  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser about taking part in a programme planning meeting, focusing on how you incorporated the elements listed into the programme plan and accompanied by another form of evidence. 
  • Have a discussion with a Training Adviser about completing a programme review, focusing on how you improved future programmes using the results of the programme review and accompanied by another form of evidence. 

See the Adult Personal File (pages 46 and 47) for more examples of how you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt. 

You can start other Section Leader training modules before validating this one. 

This module is for Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants who are completing a Wood Badge, and it should be completed within the first three years of volunteering. 

If you are not sure if you need to do this module, check POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.

You can also ask your volunteer line manager or a Training Adviser or contact the Support Centre. 

Training courses are organised locally. Most Districts, Counties and Areas offer course dates on their own websites.

A Training Adviser will be able to answer any questions you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t been assigned one yet, you can speak to your volunteer line manager, local Training Manager or County Training Manager.

If you're not sure who to speak to locally, you can contact the Support Centre.