Leadership

Alongside access to the highest quality education, The Beacon Scholarship tries to impart ethical values and a sense of wider responsibility. We offer training specifically created for youth leadership development and opportunities to build service-based connections with the community.

How Beacon programmes cultivate leadership:

1. By emphasising Change-maker attributes;

2. By running Leadership Workshops

3. By focusing on Citizenship

 

1. Change-maker

Leadership Change makerThe Beacon Scholarship is a programme to grow and deliver 'Change-makers'. What this means in practice is that Beacon Scholars must:

(a) show the capacity to 'take people with them' and

(b) already be making a difference now, not at some later point in time.

 

Alongside facilitating access into world-class schools and universities for gifted and talented children, The Beacon Equity Trust has developed a unique series of leadership workshops, and a service learning experience via a summer Citizenship Project.

2. Leadership Workshops

Every academic year, during holiday time, two Leadership Workshops are held for Beacon Scholars:

In February: the Workshop focus is on Personal Leadership Skills. A bespoke template for delivering leadership training for young people has been created in 5 key skillsets:

  1. Public Speaking
  2. Negotiation Skills
  3. Lateral Thinking & Creativity
  4. Self-management & Motivation
  5. Emotional Intelligence

Leadership WorkshopsEach year, in February, the Personal Leadership Skills Workshop focuses on one of these skillsets, in rotational sequence.

In April: the Workshop focus is on Teamwork. A local Outdoors Education specialist has been contracted to supply 4 sessions of hands-on outdoor training exercises, developed specially for young people:

  1. Understanding Teamwork and Leadership
  2. Building a Team
  3. Improving Team Performance
  4. Empowering a Team

Each year, in April, the Teamwork Leadership Skills Workshop focuses on one of these themes, in rotational sequence.

Attendance at Leadership Workshops is compulsory for Beacon Scholars. The days are structured to encourage Scholars to interact and learn from one another, as well as gain insights from sources outside their normal home and school/university environment.

3. Citizenship

Leadership CitizenshipA core component of The Beacon Scholarship is 'Citizenship'. During their education whether at school or university  Beacon Scholars are required to participate in and contribute to their community, and be seen as role models for citizenship behaviours. This could entail, for example, participating in a club or organisation focused on helping disadvantaged people; responding to challenges of the environment; ensuring the welfare of animals; becoming a contributing member of a charitable organisation; or engaging with an appropriate community-based organisation outside school or university. Beacon Scholars must produce evidence of their involvement in a citizenship/service endeavour on an ongoing basis, and set Citizenship goals on their Target Sheet.

Service Project

In July/August: Scholars are required to undertake a service-led 'Citizenship Project' in their home country which generally involves community work and earning respect as a role model. This could range from working in a Children's Home to educating young people about clean water.

Scholars submit a Proposal which is approved before commencing their project. Included in the criteria are questions like: How will your involvement make a difference? What do you, personally, hope to learn from the project? and How do you intend to take people with you for any changes you recommend?

They then present it to other Scholars and the Beacon Community during a Leadership Symposium at the end of the summer, held for all Beacon Scholars (school and university) in the region.

The focus of the August Symposium is on developing an understanding of ethical leadership through direct involvement in a service project. A Community Leader is invited to make a Keynote Speech followed by the Citizenship Project Presentations by each Beacon Scholar.

"I was deeply impressed by the Citizenship Programme and the way in which your scholars have risen to the challenges. Perhaps more accurately, it is how they embraced the idea of being able to make a difference and have each already succeeded, that was most impressive. Every presentation was strong and showed such a variety of examples of how leadership can be used to make a difference without relying on any resource other than the initiative of the student. What you are achieving is of enormous value."                                                                                                         School Director attending The Beacon Leadership Symposium