Inspire Programme for Years 9, 10 & 11: "Visions of the Future"

Event date
20 Oct 2021 to 30 Nov 2021
Event time
St John's College
Event cost
Target audience
Age range
Age 13-14 (year 9), Age 14-15 (year 10), Age 15-16 (year 11)
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Applications are now open for the 2021-22 Inspire Programme for Years 9, 10 and 11, with St John's College, Oxford and Oxford for South East. This is an online course open to all pupils in non-selective UK state schools, focussing on a central theme which is approached from a variety of subject viewpoints; each virtual class includes articles, quizzes, and challenges. We also include information on making informed choices about A-level subjects and university study, study skills, and revision skills. By taking part in the programme you will have an opportunity to follow your interests in depth, while developing skills and confidence in your ability. You will also have the chance to submit your responses to each class’s challenges, to be in with a chance of winning prizes!

Applications close on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

The 2021-22 programme is entitled “Visions of the Future”. Throughout four virtual classes, which will be released monthly in Spring Term 2022, the theme will be addressed from a wide range of different subject perspectives from across Maths, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

The programme will examine some of the key areas in which our world is changing in the 21st century, and the implications this has for our lives and our societies, as well as exploring how people have responded throughout history to periods of great change – whether artistically, politically, philosophically, and so on. We will look at areas of cutting-edge scientific research, such as Artificial Intelligence, computing, and nanotechnology. We will look at how technological developments are revolutionising the way we see the world, both past and present, and question some of the most pressing ethical dilemmas facing humanity today: gene-editing, wildlife conservation, and the fight against climate change. And we will explore how societies, from the Ancient Greeks right through to the present day, have responded to a constantly-changing world.

All participants also take part in a Virtual Summer School, which will take place in summer 2022. Furthermore, Year 11 participants are eligible to apply for a place on our residential Summer School, which will take place in-person at St John’s College, Oxford. More details about the Summer Schools can be found below.

Current Year 9 and 10 pupils will be able to continue on the course in the 2022-23 academic year.

The programme is free of charge to all registered participants. We can also cover costs of travel to the summer school for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are in care. Additionally, students who may have limited access to digital resources will be eligible to apply for digital assistance support grants.