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It’s taken a little while, but Wayne finally had a few days to catch up and follow up on a few things...

Update on supporting quality Scouting

The title of my blog from 15 May, A role for OfScout?, was deliberately provocative and it certainly resulted in the largest response my blog has had for a long time, including some very thoughtful emails and posts on Escouts. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the general feedback of supporting the sentiment, with a very heavy and agreeable emphasis on the need to avoid the worst of any quality assurance scheme and the ethos of inspections we have worked hard to move away from.

Finding those solutions

There are also several districts that have developed a variety of methods to support leaders in delivering a good quality programme to young people and I’m grateful to several of you for sharing those.

I’m certainly convinced of the need and the benefit of quality assurance, providing we can ensure that any scheme is supportive of leaders and offers constructive support, rather than excessive bureaucracy and negative perceptions. This way we can all work to support a great experience for all, whether a leader or young person.

Leading to some action

We will embark on a pilot in the new term with four Districts testing four schemes, which build on many of the comments made about quality assurance; we will provide for further information before we decide on a wider roll-out. These schemes will build on the ‘RAG’ assessments I mentioned in my initial blog.

In other news

Other meetings last week included follow-up discussions with Ofsted concerning wider youth work/education and an exciting meeting with Portland Communications (our media advisers), which concerned our strategy to promote Scouting among key influencers over the next twelve months and beyond.

One more visit this week includes a trip to Kibblestone International Friendship Camp on Thursday, after which I’m off to Berlin for the European Scout Conference. If you are interested in World Scouting, you can follow many of the sessions online.

12/08/13

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