Splitting the Group - How do I manage so many kids?

Workshops can be run in so many ways and it can be a bit overwhelming to try and plan if you’ve never been to one before or had much to do with kids. Below are some ideas on how to split up the group and run the session. 

  • Whole group introduction with general information and then splitting the group into 3, 4, or 5 groups and rotating through different stations 

  • This can be great in bigger groups and when you have enough volunteers. Usually 1-2 volunteers are enough to run a station for 5-6 kids. Stations could be hands-on or informative – having a good mix of both keeps students excited. 

  • Big case discussion or roleplay with active input from the students 

  • Possibly a good option for shorter time sessions, small classrooms or with limited volunteers. Make sure to keep the class engaged. 

  • Split the class into 2 having one group hands-on and the other group as an information station 

  • Maybe tailor this to the older students with more interest in career pathways or university entrance criteria. Might be a good option if volunteers are limited. 

  • Big group introduction of all the volunteers – degree, getting into university, background – and then letting students approach who they would like to speak to 

  • This could be great when you have a diverse group of volunteers but make sure to have something hands-on to keep the students engaged. 

TOP TIP - Always have a backup game or activity that 1-2 volunteers can run with the whole group very easily. This is your safety net if everything goes wrong or if the other volunteers need time to set up! Plan something age-appropriate, easy and make sure if you need extra equipment to bring it along. 

TOP TIP – Splitting up groups and getting students organised can take a lot longer than you might anticipate – try not to get frustrated or stressed with timing! Students are more likely to remember a few activities planned well and with enough time to enjoy them than a completely jam-packed session.