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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Yes - I've just had a look at some of the SBs, and they talk about splitting up into groups of 3 or 4 or small groups. So putting the two things together, the expectation seems to be that the girls are working in small groups (presumably of 3-6 as per the programme planning e-learning), but that...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    This is from the programme planning e-learning: "Working in small groups Skills builder activities are designed to be done in small groups typically of between three and six girls. So even if your whole unit is working on the same stage of the same skills builder at the same time – you should...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    The e-learning about skills builders was very clear that they should only be done in groups of 3-6. Our plan currently is to set aside a meeting for SB catch-up (with another activity pencilled in). Then: if there are 3-6 girls who all missed one or two SB activities, they can do it then if...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    Yes, that's an option - and if there is something the girls really want to do, even though it's similar to a UMA which has already been chosen as part of the official programme, we could squeeze it in. I am mindful of the need to balance the programme, and if we had already done one official...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    Re: variety and richness - for Have Adventures, in the first two packs of UMAs, there were 4 cards on survival skills, and then in the next pack there were two cards on exploring nature. I would imagine (and hope) that as the new packs are released, they will continue to build on the topics...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    Oh yes, I totally agree with the dread of the blank plan!! So: Meeting 1 - welcome back, intro to new programme, icebreaker UMA (10 minutes), choose SB, choose some UMAs, make suggestions for other meetings The girls choose Innovate (Express Myself); for the first time round, everyone is...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    Yes, the new programme is designed to take up around 60% of the time. But it is going to take up more than that in terms of usable activity time. For example, with an hour and a half meeting, allowing time for registration, setting up, moving between tasks, working out instructions, clearing...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    I do think that the new programme will work well in many ways (particularly for Brownies and Guides), especially as more UMAs are produced, and that many girls will enjoy it. I think that it will iron out many of the differences between units and it will provide greater consistency. I like many...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    I'll try to explain the 'not being trusted' feeling a bit more. Firstly: as a set of activities in itself, most of the new programme is absolutely fantastic. I think the interest badges are great (and not too much like homework!), and that at least some of our Guides will do them; that the...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Thank you!!
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    Yes - this is exactly it! I am really happy about SO much of the new programme. The online training was fantastic and the resources look lovely. I can't wait to get the girls started on the skills builders, to share the interest badges, and to try some of the UMAs, and I can see the girls...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    I really do think it is important to have a balanced and varied programme which offers sufficient challenge for each individual. I've argued for years that we need a proper programme which includes the out-of-doors, adventure, etc and am delighted with the themes. Like Fenris, I have experienced...
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    Don't do as I do, do as I say?

    So, we say: you must do x hours of activity from each of the themes. We say, here is a list of some ideas, and some exemplar activities. We train our leaders and we say that this is what is expected. We include the expectations in the quality standards. We include a facility in GO for recording...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    Yes, one of the things which has been said repeatedly here and in the training is that not everyone is expected to do the Gold Award. Rainbows still have the Pot of Gold badge, but for Brownies, Guides and Rangers, the official transition element of the programme is currently contained in the...
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    New Programme - Discuss!

    For our first one, we are going to run one Skills Builder, but give the girls free choice about whether to do L3 or L4, and run these at the same time. After this, I think we will stick with one theme at a time, rotating through the themes on a termly basis, so each theme is covered once every...