The Civil Service is the body of personnel that supports the national and local governance of the United Kingdom. This includes supporting ministers at the highest level of government, to delivering services that directly impact the public. It employs over 510,000 people in a range of departments from culture and sport, energy and the environment, work and pensions, housing and communities, to foreign affairs and national security. The median pay for someone working in the Civil Service is just over £30,000. Information about this can be found here. The project in this area will be looking at policy development from idea generation to impact and from research to recommendation. Students will also write a speech for the minister to launch the policy.

  1. Introductory Sessions (2hrs)
    Driving Question: How could we make education more exciting and relevant to young people?
    Part 1: What is a policy sprint?
    Part 2: Develop a policy to improve education
  2. Project (20hrs)
    Project Brief
    Driving Question: How do we shape a policy to fight climate change fairly and equitably?

Immersion Event: The Policy Sprint
GV’s Sprint Process in 90 Seconds
Policy Sprint Purpose
Climate Change Targets Overview
-Policy Sprint Instructions
-List of Departments 

Part 1: A deeper look into Administration and the Support Services and the roles available
TASK: Create a report on the jobs available in the sector
-Introductory Slides
-Meet the Job videos:
Working as a Research Analyst
-Here are a couple of very helpful websites to research careers in the sector:

Part 2a: Narrow the Focus
TASK: Create a Policy Options Document
-Policy Options Exemplar
-Research your chosen area of focus

Part 2b: Real Life Impacts
TASK: Complete a Impact Assessment and a Protected Characteristics Impact Assessment
-How do you complete an Economic Impact Assessment Video
-Example impact assessment
-How do you complete a Protected Characteristics Assessment Video
Protected characteristics

Part 2c: The Importance of Social Research
TASK: Evaluate the Response of the Public
-What is Social Research Video
-Opinion Poll Website
-How to create an opinion poll
Creating a survey with SurveyMonkey
Constructing Public Opinion

Part 2d: Interest Groups Communication Strategy
TASK: Create a Communication Plan
-Video on the importance of communication with interested parties
-Exemplar Communications Plan
Just Stop Oil
Extinction Rebellion
Chatham House Think Tank
IPPR Think Tank
Marketisation of Forests

Part 2e: Recommendations for Ministers
TASK: Create a Recommended Course of Action Document
-Key principles for writing recommendations
-Exemplar Recommendation Document

Part 2f: Communicating and Launching the Policy
TASK: Write a Speech and Media Communications
-Key elements of speech writing video
-Media Guide

Part 3a: Presentation
TASK: Present your overall production piece

Final Evaluation

Where next

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