Make A Difference

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The Make a Difference Challenge demonstrates Go-Givers in action! It is a child-led citizenship project for KS2 that supports pupils in identifying, researching and addressing a cause or concern that they want to do something about by developing an awareness raising campaign, fundraising or taking direct action.

It presents an opportunity for children to take the lead in making a difference to their communities.

We welcome suggestions for financial support to sustain the project in current areas of delivery. Please contact a team member in your area. 

‘This is what primary education should be about’

In 2013-2014, 189 schools and 9,615 pupils
signed up to make a difference!

How does the project work?

The project takes place over a term and involves the following stages:

Go Givers Stages Illustration


    Participating teachers attend a full day's training session to equip them with tools and activities to scaffold the project and facilitate children's learning.


    Back in school, teachers introduce the project and facilitate the decision-making process as children choose the cause or issue they wish to champion.


    They gather views of the local community and identify the areas where they can contribute, making links with relevant organisations.


    This could be by raising awareness, raising money or through direct action.


    Children document their learning journey in scrapbooks. Representatives from schools showcase their projects at an event to celebrate achievements.

Watch this inspiring video of children from three schools taking part in the Make a Difference Challenge

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“Maths and English are important, but they’re important to a purpose, and if you can think of a purpose that’s more important than improving our global community, our national community and our local community I’d be struggling to beat you.”
Mick Waters, Former Director of Curriculum, QCA at Go-Givers fifth anniversary celebration

“Before I started the project I felt selfish but now I feel more kind”

How do children and schools benefit?

91% of teachers say that the Make a Difference Challenge provides cross-curricular support for Pupil Voice, the Rights Respecting Schools Award and child-led learning.

Causes chosen by children in 2014 (the word size reflects popularity):

Visit our Research page for more.

‘Having the chance to respond to an issue that is affecting lives in the community they live in, has been very empowering for the children. It goes to show that just because you are young it does not mean you can’t take action!’


Who is taking part?

The map below shows all schools that have taken part in the Make A Difference Challenge. Blue dots are schools that have taken part more than once. 

The Make a Difference Challenge will be offered to KS2 in schools in the following areas in 2014-2015:

  • Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Windsor & Maidenhead), Feb to June  - in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation

  • Birmingham, Spring Term - as part of the national Step Up to Serve Campaign for social action   

  • Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, High Wycombe and South Bucks), Jan to June - in partnership with Buckhingamshire Community Foundation 

  • Bournemouth, Poole & Dorset,  Summer Term - in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council

  • County Durham, January to June - in partnership with Durham Council

  • Greater London, November to June (flexible delivery timescale)  

  • Kent (South Kent), Spring Term - as part of the national Step Up to Serve Campaign for social action 

  • Kent (Maidstone and Weald), Spring Term

  • Leeds, January to June - in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation

To sign up for the Make a Difference Challenge, email to register your interest and receive details about your area.  

Have a look at winning scrapbooks made by children around the country documeting their own learning journeys

See many more stories of children making a difference by visiting  case studies in the
​Kids’ Zone or check out our YouTube channel

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