The Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) is a programme which encourages our students in the UK to develop new skills, be leaders, and gain a sense of social responsibility, confidence and independence.
Through fundraising for the education of children in other parts of the world, our programme can stimulate students to be more engaged with their education here, and connect the dots to see that education is the key to unlocking a better future for themselves and the wider world.
We at WOHAA are fully aware of the large workloads of teachers and of the busy rhythm of the school day, and so the programme has been designed to take the onus away from teachers, and to be as adaptable for schools as possible.
On this page, we have tried to answer any questions you may have as a teacher interested in the WOHAA programme. As mentioned, the programme is adaptable, and so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
To date, over 25,000 UK students have participated in WOHAA. The students that have taken part in WOHAA rate their experiences on average 9 out of 10.
When asking them what skills they thought they learnt, over a quarter pointed to teamwork and over a fifth to time management skills.
Many of the students also felt more socially responsible after completing the award scheme.
There are many aspects to WOHAA which makes it stand out from the crowd. Not only does it develop transferrable skills but it can also help to meet certain other school criteria:
WOHAA comes under the enrichment activities part of the AQA Bacc Award
Ofsted criteria for ‘Outstanding’ ask schools to have “thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development” – WOHAA can go some way to satisfying this criteria
Our Speed Mentoring event in January/February is an opportunity for students to gain impartial careers guidance, another Ofsted requirement for all schools
The CAS Requirements for the International Baccalaureate (IB)
Gifted and Talented provision within your school
The volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
The programme is loosely split into four parts:
September- November: Assemblies/Presentations are carried out in schools and students register online (Deadline in November 30th) Their fundraising can begin as soon as they have signed up
End of March: They submit their snapshots projects (a scrapbook illustrating their activities) to us for assessment
End of April: Teams are then shortlisted to attend our Semi-final event at the House of Lords
May/June: We hold our annual Award Ceremony at The Royal College of Surgeons. All participants, teachers and parents are invited to attend and the winners are announced during the evening.
See our Timeline page for more details
The programme is adaptable, although we chiefly operate in 3 key ways:
1. Assemblies: Most often, we come in and introduce the programme to students in school assemblies. Students then sign up to the programme.
2. Targeted Presentations: Some teachers prefer to advertise the programme internally first, and we can then come in to deliver a presentation to a smaller targeted group.
3. Careers / Enrichment Fairs: Some schools that put on enrichment fairs also like us to come in to have a stall as an option for students to sign up.
Our assemblies/presentations are designed to be flexible and we can adapt to the time demands for each school. As a minimum we need about 10 minutes, but can easily give a more detailed presentation lasting up to 30 minutes or even more. We aim to give a flyer to each student to read/take home to their parents with more information, and so time to leave these on chairs or give them to students as they come in is appreciated. We then introduce the programme and show our promotional video. We provide slips for students to write down their names and emails and hand in, so some time at the end for students to hand this in is also essential. We even bring pens for students who need them!
We will email the students with a link to sign up to the programme. (www.wohaa.co.uk) We will also send you through a list of students who said they were interested so you can chase them up should they forget.
You are under no obligation to do anything as we mentor the students ourselves with our WOHAA team. However, it should be noted that the WOHAA programme has been running in one form or another for the last 10 years, and in that time, we have seen that students who have teachers committed to making WOHAA work in their schools are most often the students who flourish, and progress to the later stages of the programme.
The key things that can really help us to help the students:
1. Encouraging students to sign up on a computer after the assembly or presentation. For example, booking a computer room for interested students can be invaluable
2. Putting up our poster on your classroom door or elsewhere around school. Any other in-school promotion (perhaps over email) to the students is also very helpful
3. Reminding students in and around school who you know to have signed up to WOHAA to be having regular meetings as a team, to check their emails, and be in touch with us. We want the students to develop independent skills, but occasional reminders from teachers can go a long way.
4. Organising a time and space (even just 30 mins after school every 2 weeks in your classroom) to check in with students who’ve signed up to see how they are getting on, and give them time to plan their events. It is important they have regular meetings as a team, and for some, school may be the only time they can do this. Many teachers choose to do an after-school club for WOHAA, or something similar, to give students the time and space to plan their project.
5. Should they want to run an event in school (e.g. bake sale, larger event using the school hall) then helping them negotiate with other teachers to organise this, or pointing them in the right direction can be helpful. Anything you can do to remove barriers for them.
6. Writing them a reference for the submission of the snapshot project at the end of March
Students usually start small with things like cake sales and car washes, and then move onto sponsored walks or sports events. In the past we’ve had events such as
Sponsored 36 hour football matches
Hiring out an ice rink for a negotiated discount price then selling tickets at a higher price for a profit
Festive Christmas events
We encourage them to think bigger, and towards the end of the programme, organise charity galas or dinners, concerts, talent shows. Our student resource centre has plenty of ideas for students to get them started.
This depends completely on the students, and on what your school will allow. A reasonable balance of both often works best. Ultimately, we want the students who take part to learn project management skills, by learning to manage their time, and balance WOHAA with their school work. Therefore WOHAA should never interfere with lessons.
Examples of in-school events might include:
– Bake sales over lunch time
– Selling of wristbands in a 6th form common room or shared area
– A school concert that the students have planned themselves and worked out arrangements for use of a school venue with the appropriate teachers
Examples of out-of-school events might include:
– Sponsored sports events
– Flyer-ing/ busking in public places
– Work in their local community
– Charity galas/concerts or any other event for which the students have found and arranged a venue themselves.
Students must enter a parent email when they sign up online, and we then send an email with this information about WOHAA. (Click here). If your school requires you to send a letter home to parents, then click here for a template of a parent letter for you to edit.
They need to create either a scrapbook or video explaining what they have done as part of their project. Refer to our student area for more details (click here)
Our assessment criteria for choosing our winning teams is based on how well they display the following skills. Click here for the full document.
We also ensure to have a proportionate representation at our semi-finals between teams of equal balance between schools put forward to take part in the Semi-Finals.
Great! You can either rbring them as a school trip, or promote it within your school. Any WOHAA students can come for free, and non-WOHAA students must pay £10. (although if your school meets Teach First’s eligibility criteria, non-WOHAA participating students at your school may also be able to attend for free, provided you can bring them as a school group. Please contact us if you are unsure.) we have Schools vary in how they want to pay for this. If you want your WOHAA students to progress further in the competition, we would strongly encourage them to attend, as they get extra points for their project if they attend.
All schools eligible to have Teach First teachers can participate for free. If you are not sure if your school is eligible, please contact us. Otherwise we ask for a £10 sign-up fee per student. This can be paid either by the student themselves when they signup, or by the school, should they wish to cover the cost.
We choose the top 20-25 teams to come to our Semi-Finals event, based on this criteria. (click here)
Absolutely you can. Click here for our resources
Under-16s are not allowed to fundraise on the street (unless they are taking part in an organized procession); fundraising in public spaces such as parks or pedestrian areas requires a local authority licence; third-party liability insurance may be required by venues hosting charity events. Collecting buckets and tins must be sealed throughout an event.
Winners of awards are offered work experience placements with some of our corporate partners. Once they win, they must be as flexible as possible to which work experience they are offered. They will be asked for their preferences, but placements also depend on the date availability of the firms and the winners.
The team who wins in the ‘overall winners’ category are awarded the trip to India. As soon as the winners find out they have won, they will be given a pack about the details of the trip: flight details, accommodation arrangements, local addresses, emergency help, food and medicinal advice etc. There will be a couple of meetings for the parents and students with the Wings of Hope team who will explain everything in detail.
Whilst in India, the conditions are great. They are really looked after – all travel arrangements are made with the same driver. They stay in serviced apartments – so they can all be together in the room. Food is excellent; Wings of Hope are very careful with food arrangements. The winners will be asked to prepare some material they can teach to the younger students.
If you have any questions about WOHAA, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We have an Outstanding Teacher Award, for the teacher who has been the most supportive of their WOHAA students. See our video below from a previous winner!
Letter home for parents
Permission Slip for Speed Mentoring event
Should you wish to talk to someone in our office on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.