Start a club
Start a club
Design Club in schools
Lead your own after school or lunchtime club at a primary or secondary school.
How to start a club
1. Review our resources
Check out our
to see if Design Club is right for you. The Hub contains projects, delivery guides, worksheets and certificates. For pin badges and lanyards,
see our shop
2. Find a school to run your club at
Contact a school to get things lined up for the start of term. Establish the best person to speak to for after school clubs.
3. Agree a start date for your club
Speak with your main contact at the school to find a suitable day and classroom to run your club each week.
4. Apply for a DBS certificate
If you don't have a DBS certificate already, check if your school or workplace can arrange a DBS check.
if you need help.
5. Join our Slack to get support
Get help from Design Club HQ and our mentor community.
Request to join our Slack
if you'd like support (optional).
6. Prepare to run your club
Get everything you need from our
to prepare your club. Give yourself time to get your head around things. Have fun!
Questions you might have
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How do I find a school?
We recommend you contact a school you have a relationship with. Local to home or work is good too.
How to find a suitable school
What's a good number of children for a club?
It depends on the age of the group and your experience. Generally, we recommend 8-12 children.
How to plan your club
What help do I need to run a club?
You need a teacher or teaching assistant to be present. Mainly to help with classroom management.
What to expect from a school
What equipment do I need for a club?
Worksheets from our Resource Hub. And one mobile device or tablet for every 2 or 3 children, with Marvel App.
How much time will I need to give?
Roughly two hours a week for 10 weeks. That's an hour to run the club and an hour of prep.
What's expected of mentors
What experience do I need?
Ideally you'll have some experience of working with design thinking methods and/or working with children.
How to get experience
How do I explain Design Club to the school?
We provide email templates and a short slide deck you can either send via email or present in person to teachers.
Explaining Design Club
How do I promote my club to the kids?
We have a poster and flyer the school can print out. Some schools run club fairs or you can give a talk at assembly.
Promoting your club
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