SKIPS Engage Programmes for Independent Schools
The Engage Programme is a SKIPS outreach campaign for Independent Schools that builds meaningful relationships with state schools in the local community and potential scholarship candidates in other outreach schools.
These campaigns are based on our SKIPS parental engagement books that empower parents to support the school curriculum in the family home.
The Engage Programme targets the following objectives for Independent Schools:
• Promotes the Independent School (brand and brand values) in its local and outreach communities
• Facilitates engagement with local state schools and outreach schools
• Creates meaningful relationships with potential future scholarship candidates
• Diversifies bursary applications
• Demonstrates the Independent School’s delivery of public benefit
• Increases attainment levels of students in the independent schools’ outreach area
• Benefits independent school pupils interested to be involved in outreach and mentoring in local state sector schools
What is the SKIPS Engage Programme?
SKIPS Engage is a regional SKIPS Educational Programme tailored to your school and your requirements.
Our programme can include either (1) full length SKIPS parental engagement books – English, Maths and Life Skills books, or (2) a shorter 20 page bespoke parental engagement book in English or Maths. As part of the campaign the SKIPS books can carry your school logo and an introductory message by the head teacher on the inside cover.
We will tailor the scale of SKIPS Engage to your objectives within your chosen regional outreach.
In line with on your instructions we will provide all data on the schools you wish to reach, including demographic analysis.
The scope of the programme within each school will also be designed with you; we usually suggest engaging with at least two year groups – often year 2 and year 5 in the schools of your choice – as this creates a more meaningful engagement with the pupil community. We offer additional options with respect to the implementation of the Engage campaign:
• Our successful SKIPS Educational Programme already includes “best practice” guides for schools, parents and teachers in order to integrate the school curriculum into the home environment.
• We can manage the interaction with the outreach schools on your behalf depending on your existing outreach programmes: We offer varied support levels from just organising the first meeting with the school to managing the full roll out of the initiative, with or without subsequent impact assessment.
• Once the books have been delivered to the schools, we can help arrange and assist you in introducing and promoting your bursary programme.
Cost of SKIPS Engage Programme
Each programme is tailor made.
We agree the cost of the Engage campaign on a “price per book” basis and the book price will reflect the programme level that you choose to adopt. Please contact us to discuss general pricing options.
Our clients either use existing funding for the Engage Programme since it demonstrates delivery of “public benefit” by their school, but some schools approach their PTA or alumni to sponsor the programme.
The rationale for the SKIPS Parental Engagement Books
Educational research provides ample evidence that parental engagement is a crucial link in improving pupil attainment. SKIPS books are unique in their approach as they introduce curriculum based fun activities that trigger family communication and joint parent/pupil learning. Please refer to our Research section on the website.
By donating SKIPS books under the umbrella of an Engage Programme, you will be offering your outreach schools and communities a tool to unlock parental engagement with a view to higher pupil attainment.
Social Impact Reporting
As part of our commitment to our stakeholders, our communities and sponsors, SKIPS is dedicated to measure and report the social impact of its operations and campaigns.
Every campaign is important to us and we collect data on all Engage programmes (demographics, number of families, schools, sponsors etc) and include them in our annual reports