- Reduce underperformance & low aspirations of pupils
- To enrich opportunities for old and young people to learn
- To access the untapped range of skills and knowledge older citizens have to offer.
- To raise the aspirations of older people
- To Increase flexible part-time jobs for retired people
- To reduce loneliness and isolation of older people
- To increase local opportunities for the two groups to collaborate
- To reduce hostile intergenerational stereotypes
- To build stronger communities
The school programme is both
- A personalised programme for older people AND
- A tailor made programme to meet the needs of local schools to raise performance and aspirations of pupils using the untapped skills and knowledge of older people who live near the schools.
The school programme model
The model works in both primary and secondary schools. Usually three schools come together in partnership with an older person as a coordinator. There are variations of this model. We would be happy to talk to you about how the model could work for your school.
WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO
The school programme was developed and evaluated over 15 years. During that time it was called Intergen.
WHAT IS POSSIBLE
Our analysis shows that there are in England alone a possible 3329 school partnerships comprised of 1 secondary and 2 primary schools. This would generate 3329 part time jobs for retired people and over 80,000 volunteering opportunities for retired people to share the skills and knowledge with pupils and teachers in these schools.
WHAT OUR SCHOOLS SAY ABOUT OUR VOLUTEERS
They do more because of their own experience of life…they offer things like solace which a member of staff can’t provide…across the board there are things no other person can do.
Intergen reinforces my belief that you are never too old to learn and that life is actually improved by taking in new challenges.