Go-Givers helps primary school children become caring, concerned citizens. It gives them the skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to their communities.
Go-Givers enables children to grasp the issues facing society and provides them with the right to do that.
We give children the confidence to take action on issues that really matter to them. We help them build character, explore British values and learn about how our society works so they can take their full part in it.
The Go-Givers website offers schools cross-curricular lessons linked to PSHE and Citizenship, to develop children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning (SMSC).
Lessons are available to purchase in bundles by theme, year group or by creating your own bundle.
Subscribers also get access to additional tools, support and training offers. Subscription is flexible: subscribers can be schools or individual teachers.
The Go-Givers outreach programme provides targeted support and training to schools from experienced teachers, ensuring the website is used to its fullest.
Professor Mick Waters
Mick Waters is Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Here he talks about why it's important for children to learn citizenship skills at primary school.
Mick Waters: I'm Mick Waters and I'm Professor of Education at Wolverhampton University.
Interviewer: Thank you for talking to me Mick. We're here at the Go-Givers celebration at the House of Lords. Children are too young to vote; many would say they're also too young to make an informed decision about their society and to have an impact in that: do you agree with that?
Mick Waters: I think the issue is that children are growing beings and they're trying to find out about the world in which they live, so it's reasonable to say that they need to gradually widen their circle of understanding about the world that they see.
Interviewer: Would you agree that social and civic skills need to be nurtured in children?
Mick Waters: They need to be more than nurtured: they need to be nurtured, we need to show children what humankind has tried to do to make the world a better place, and we need to talk with them about some of the mistakes that have been made on the way and we need to encourage them to grow opinions, ideas and solutions. So it's more than nurturing, it's proactive, thought-out campaign to get our youngsters really involved in the world that they live in.
Interviewer: Should that happen in schools? Many people say that maths and English are more important than this woolly citizenship stuff.
Mick Waters: It should happen in schools. Maths and English are important, but they're important to a purpose and if you can think of a purpose that's bigger than improving our global community, our national community and our local community, I'll be struggling to beat you.
Make a Difference Challenge
The Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge is an active citizenship project that supports SMSC, community cohesion and Pupil Voice.
The children select a cause democratically. This may be related to their local community, a global issue or anything in between.
They then plan a campaign, which may involve fundraising or taking direct action.
The Children get a real understanding of the issues and they learn to empathise with those who are disadvantaged.
The Challenge culminates in a celebration day that brings schools together.
Training for primary schools
Our experienced team can provide training in your school on a range of topics such as British values, SMSC and character education.
- A training session tailored to your staff meeting
- A half day, more in-depth, active session
Each package includes a bundle of six Go-Givers lessons for each school and a booklet for each trainee.
For more information, email the team or phone Sarah Kilou on 020 7566 5031.