London 2012 aims to inspire a generation of young people to make a positive change in their lives and communities. This aim was central to London’s successful bid and continues to be at the heart of everything the London 2012 Organising Committee and its partners do.
Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme, and is the primary way for schools, colleges and other learning institutions to play their part in the London 2012 Games.
What does Get Set offer schools and colleges?
The Get Set website contains lots of FREE resources for 3-19 year olds to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic and Paralympic Values:
Olympic Values: excellence, friendship, respect
Paralympic Values: determination, inspiration, courage, equality
It also offers access to exciting prizes and opportunities through participation in competitions and partner programmes such as the great morning enjoyed at Dorney Lake by pupils from Burnham Upper and Burnham Grammar Schools with double Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell recently (pictured above).
Although PE and sport are central to the Games, Get Set is not just for PE teachers - it supports learning right across the curriculum e.g. PSHE, Citizenship, Literacy and Numeracy.
Get Set is also a portal to a number of linked programmes which are run by our partners, and through the section of the site you can find information about programmes and resources to support learning in Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship, Culture and Creativity, Enterprise, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Internationalism, PE and School Sport, Practical Learning and Sustainability and Regeneration.
For example, EDF Energy has created a sustainability programme for schools called, The Pod, which is also full of activities, projects, competitions and learning resources to support young people to live sustainable lifestyles.
1) Get started – Register with Get Set
Register with Get Set on-line.
Each institution can have multiple teachers registered with the programme and teachers can also invite their students to register too.
The benefits of registration are:
- access to the additional resources which are only available to registered schools and colleges (such as the Image Bank, where they can download exclusive photographs from past Olympic and Paralympic events)
- a school/college blog where teachers and students share their experiences of (and win prizes for doing so!)
- a monthly newsletter which tells them about new projects, competitions and ensures they are kept informed of all the opportunities available to schools, colleges and young people.
2) Share your plans and successes
Each registered school/college has their own blog and this is how they communicate with the London 2012 Organising Committee. Students and teachers can describe an event they’ve held and upload photos, discuss plans for an activity or even debate an issue relating to the Games or the Values on their blog.
3) Apply to join the Get Set network and be rewarded
Registered schools and colleges can also apply to join the Get Set network. The simple, 3-step application form is easy to complete and simply asks the teacher to describe the school/college’s involvement with Get Set and London 2012 to date, and how they plan to continue using London 2012 and the Values to enrich their school/college community.
Benefits of being part of the Get Set network are:
- use of the London 2012 education logo for display on their school sign, website, etc. priority access to exclusive London 2012 prizes and opportunities
- membership of a network of schools across the whole of the UK, through which best practice and support can be shared