“Plan your 2012″ aims to support  schools to inspire their communities by linking learning to the Olympic Games.   The scheme offers up to £8,800 in grant funding to develop school and community partnerships to inspire young people to participate in sport, engage with the Olympic games, and build a lasting legacy.

The scheme is now in pilot in 42 schools and schools are using the  grants in a number of different ways. A secondary school, for example,  is creating a multilingual sports event for local schools, while a primary school will be organising a ‘virtual games’ between local schools twinned with other schools across the world.

Schools in England who are part of the London 2012 Get Set education programme are eligible to apply for the “Plan your 2012″  grant.

But, if you are interested, you need to start preparing now – as the second round of applications for the scheme opens on 28 November and closes on 6 January 2012.

To apply, schools need to register for the Get Set network.  The additional benefits of joining the network include  access to free resources to support young people to explore Oympic and Paralympic values.

Those schools  registering before Friday 16 December 2011 will also get a free allocation of tickets to the Games.

To find out more about the Get Set network and to apply for the “Plan your 2012″ grant – visit the London 2012 Get Set website.

Join the Get Set Network

or

Apply to “Plan 2012″

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Sonia Thomas, Educational Consultant

Smart Development Group

Sonia has been involved in education for over 20 years. She began her career as a teacher, and then moved into a range of middle and senior management positions in London colleges and then on to cross-borough strategic roles, including working for two local authorities.

Sonia can provide organisations with briefings, workshops and a range of other forms of support to organisations to support them in effective curriculum design and learning and teaching strategies.  Please contact us  for more information.