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Directory of pre-existing opportunities

Here is a list of current activities and programmes available to primary schools in Copeland and Allerdale.

They are grouped into the following categories:

  • Section 1: Local schemes
  • Section 2: National schemes with local delivery partners
  • Section 3: National schemes

If you wish to add, remove, or correct any of the information here, please contact 01900 824 822 or email

Please note that some providers may charge a fee to participate in programmes or to use their resources so always check the details with the provider first.

Section 1 — Local schemes

AnimalME Personality Test
DetailsThis programme is run by Kaefer. Students will learn how to recognise individual strengths and personalities.  Read more...
Bright Stars Mini Enterprise Competition
DetailsA competition for primary school children across Cumbria which aims to engage children with leadership and entrepreneurship at a very young age in an accessible and fun way whilst inspiring and helping to develop, nurture and preserve their own creative confidence. Schools are partnered with local businesses to set up and run mini-enterprises over an 8 week period.
Bringing Eco-STEM To Life!
DetailsTwo alternative workshops that will teach your pupils about how STEM and the environment can work in harmony to improve the future for people of the world.  Read more...
Deep Blue (Enterprise) Soapbox Kits
DetailsEnterprise Soapbox is a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to learn how to start a business from scratch. The Deep Blue Soapbox kit includes everything you need for a workshop where everyone in KS1 and KS2 can make soap, think about customers, package their great product and either pitch their idea or create a great display of their wares!  Read more...
Enterprise Soapbox
DetailsEnterprise Soapbox is a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to learn how to start a business from scratch. The team bring everything you need for a full or half day workshop where everyone in KS1 and KS2 can make soap, think about customers, package their great product and either pitch their idea or create a great display of their wares!  Read more...
Get Cumbria Buzzing with Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Details'Get Cumbria Buzzing' is a new education project about pollinators set up by Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT). The project aims to work with schools and local communities to create havens for wild pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies across West Cumbria and the A66.   Read more...
Jobs in Our Community
DetailsJobs in Our Community is a well-established annual event which gives children who are about to make the transition to secondary school a direct encounter with the world of work. The event helps to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and excite young minds about future career possibilities. Inspira works in partnership with many local businesses and schools to stage the event.
Kaefer's Careers Aspirations
DetailsIn this session, students are able to think about what they want to be when they grow up.  Read more...
Little Lifers - Flat Stan First Aid
DetailsProvides first aid training to Primary School (Year 3) children across Copeland and some areas of Allerdale to enable more children to gain vital life-saving skills.  Read more...
NatWest MoneySense Workshops
DetailsMoneySense is a free financial education programme that aims to help 5-18 year-olds in the UK and Republic of Ireland towards a better financial future. It uses the key money moments in a young person's life - starting to save their pocket money, opening a bank account or getting their first mobile phone - to make learning about money feel relatable. Here are a list of the workshops we provide for the different age groups. You can find out more about the workshops on  Read more...
Public Health 5-19 Service
DetailsPublic Health Nurse Practitioners are specialist nurses based within each locality and are available to work with your school to identify and address health and wellbeing needs through a school review and bespoke delivery plan at no cost to your school. Our service is aimed at lifestyle improvement, through maintaining and promoting mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Our key priorities include healthy weight, emotional health, digital wellbeing and risk taking behaviour, all of which impact on the health of the children in Cumbria.
React Foundation Science Road Shows
DetailsEvery September, the National Science Museum head up to West Cumbria and present the REACT Foundation Science and Engineering Shows. These highly interactive and entertaining shows are held at various schools in the area and are open to both key stage 2 and 3 students, with a different show available for each age group. They are a fantastic opportunity to get younger students excited about science, and hopefully start to inspire the engineers of the future.  Read more...
Safety on Site Assembly
DetailsProvides information to Primary School children across Copeland and Allerdale about staying safe around building sites. Children are introduced to personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, hard hats and hi-viz jackets and learn to understand what dangers there are on construction sites and why they shouldn't enter them.
Scaffold the World Competition
DetailsThis programme is run by Kaefer. Students go through the tender process of a scaffolding project looking at different job roles at KAEFER.  Read more...
Simply Schools - Learning with Museums and Galleries across Cumbria
DetailsA new initiative led by the Cumbria Museum Consortium which offers a unique range of learning sessions from 14 different museum and gallery venues across Cumbria.  Read more...
STEM First and STEM Learning Ltd
DetailsSTEMFirst is funded by STEM Learning to provide a FREE service to schools in Lancashire and Cumbria. Our Aim is to ensure that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Read more...
The Beacon Museum - activities for schools
DetailsThe Beacon Museum is keen to promote learning both through schools and outside the classroom. While offering the best in local heritage engagement, the team has also branched out to offer a STEAM (STEM + the Arts) learning experience, both through our Sellafield Story exhibition and through collaborating with local science and engineering professionals.  Read more...
West Cumbria Rivers Trust
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Section 2 — National schemes with local delivery partners

Bloodhound SSC
DetailsThe BLOODHOUND Project is about so much more than building a World Land Speed Record car. We also want to inspire the next generation to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And we want to share our iconic research and development programme with a global audience.  Read more...
Child Road Safety Programme
DetailsOur award-winning FREE-OF-CHARGE programme was established to reduce and prevent the needless accidents and deaths of young people on the roads. We work in partnership with Brake, the UK's largest road safety charity, who recommend the programme.  Read more...
First Lego League
DetailsC-STEM Ltd is working with FIRST LEGO League to deliver the programme aimed at 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology - and teach them valuable employment and life skills.  Read more...
DetailsPhunkyFoods is an award-winning early years and primary school programme of healthy lifestyle curriculum activities, lesson plans and resources.  Read more...
Scratch - coding resources
DetailsWith Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Read more...
NEWSTEM support
DetailsDo you want STEM Ambassadors to help some of your science projects?  Read more...
DetailsHealth, Wellness and Mindfulness programmes for children 

Section 3 — National schemes

A Future in Food
DetailsAlthough this initiative's school engagement work is only for schools in Scotland, the website does offer a range of free resources available to teachers anywhere.  Read more...
Adopt A school - Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
DetailsAdopt a School, which incorporates both Chefs Adopt a School and Hospitality in Schools, is a national charity that was founded in 1990.  Read more...
Apps for Good
DetailsApps for Good provide free courses for teachers to use in their classroom. Their course content helps 10-18 year-olds to build mobile apps and IoT (internet of things) products. Expert volunteers support teachers, inspire students, and offer real-world experience in the classroom.  Read more...
Athlete Mentor
DetailsAthlete mentor visits uses elite athletes as a vehicle to transform the aspirations of young people. Using the power of world class athletes can help to tackle declining emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and improve behaviour and attitudes to raise attainment across the curriculum.  Read more...
Bridges to Schools
DetailsA comprehensive range of resources aimed at all student ages to help you show and explain what civil engineering is, why it's important and what you need to do to become a civil engineer. Educational resources available by age group including lesson plans, workshops, nursery rhymes and colouring pages.
Bright Ideas Challenge
DetailsWhat will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That's the question put to students aged 11-14 by The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell's cross-curricular schools' competition. Now in its third year, it invites young people to use their creativity, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With over £45,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs, there's every reason to think big!
British Science Week Kick Start Grants Are Open for 2019
DetailsThe British Science Association, with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events.  Read more...
Centres of Excellence
DetailsThe Centres of Excellence scheme is operated by Young Money, a provider of knowledge, resources and training to anyone teaching young people how to manage money. The Young Money website has a range of resources to assist in teaching about financial issues.  Read more...
Children Challenging Industry
DetailsThe scheme is operated by the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) which is based at the University of York. The CIEC website offers a range of downloadable materials for teachers of the 4-12 age range.   Read more...
CREST Awards
DetailsCREST is the British Science Association's scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.  Read more...
DetailsExplorify provides free, high-quality science teaching resources aimed at Primary Schools. The materials have been developed by, amongst others, Wellcome, the Science Museum, BBC and the Eden Project. As a school works their way through activities, more are unlocked and, after completing 10 activities, the full range of resources is unlocked. The scheme is very popular with teachers - 98% would recommend it.
Family Safety Week
DetailsFree resources available to download so you can run your own Family Safety Week awareness session
First Aid
DetailsResearch has shown that 7 out of 10 pupils wouldn't know what to do if someone they knew was hurt - but the majority say they would like to learn first aid.  Read more...
First Edition
DetailsFirst Edition is the Engineering Development Trust's programme to help enhance the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum for young people aged 9 to 16. First Edition days at schools involve 'hands on' activities designed to excite and enlighten young people about the potential of STEM subjects. First Edition also provides opportunities for students to visit industry environments and gain a real world view of STEM challenges and careers.
Gamify your career learning with Panjango Trumps!
DetailsPanjango Trumps is the fun way for young people to explore the world of work and is a perfect introduction to careers for children in primary schools.   Read more...
Jaguar Primary School Challenge
DetailsThe Jaguar Primary School Challenge is a STEM competition, open to students aged 6-11 years in teams of between 3 and 6 students. The scheme involves designing and manufacturing the fastest model car possible within a set of rules. The cars are made out of card. Regional Finals are held between March and May for teams to compete in, with the aim of attending the National Final at the British Motor Museum in June.
KickStart Money
DetailsTwenty of Britain’s leading savings and investment firms, brought together by TISA, are to launch KickStart Money, a ground-breaking collaborative project that aims to take financial education to over 18,000 primary school children, catalysing a movement to build a national savings culture for the future.  Read more...
Life Skills
DetailsHelping young people understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work. Free resources and curriculum-linked lesson plans to bring LifeSkills to the classroom. Includes an option to request a Barclays volunteer to run a LifeSkills lesson in your school.
DetailsLifesavers is a financial education programme for primary schools, helping children manage money wisely now and in the future. The scheme works by providing training and resources for teachers, offering support for school savings clubs and encouraging engagement with parents and the wider community engagement.
Make £5 grow
DetailsThe Make £5 Grow gives young people aged between 9 and 11 years old the experience of starting a small business using a £5 per-pupil-loan from Virgin Money. The scheme has been running for 6 years and has involved 800 primary schools and more than 60,000 pupils to date. Virgin Money provides lesson plans and resources to support the scheme.
Outreach Visits
DetailsThe Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has an outreach programme. These visits will explore the school grounds with different themes e.g. exploring through the eyes of an animal, hunting for plants and minibeasts. The nearest centre organising these visits is in Newcastle. Visits to local RSPB reserves can also be arranged. The website also offers various resources for schools to download and organise their own wildlife-based activities.
Premier League Primary Stars
DetailsThe Premier League Primary Stars programme uses the appeal of the football Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Various fun teaching resources for girls and boys aged 5-11 are available through the scheme. These cover English, Maths, PE and PSHE topics. Competitions to win prizes are also held - for instance, the recent Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition.
Primary Engineer
DetailsThe home of our 'STEM by Stealth' educational approach to bringing engineering and engineers into primary classrooms and curricula. Inspiring children, pupils and teachers through continued professional development, whole class project work, competitions and exhibitions.
Robotics Challenge
DetailsThe Robotics Challenge is a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges. All training and kit are provided free of charge.  Read more...
Rock Challenge
DetailsRock Challenge is an educational and aspirational performing arts competition for students. The J Rock category is for students aged 7-11 years. Each school forms a team of between 10 and 100 students and that team develops an original piece of work involving dance, design and drama which reflects the personalities, hopes and interests of those who create it. Event days are held for each region and these comprise rehearsals and interaction during the day. In the evening each team perform their piece.
School Ecology Workshop Programme
DetailsWhere the construction industry is undertaking projects, expert ecologists can be booked to visit local primary schools and run ecology-based workshops.   Read more...
STEM and History learning on a large scale with Sci-High Education
DetailsSci-Hi Education can bring a large model Hurricane aeroplane to your school for an interactive workshop. They deliver innovative, engaging, interactive workshops for primary school pupils which combine STEM and history to bring the past alive and inspire the workforce of the future.   Read more...
Sustainable Learning
DetailsSustainable Learning connects teachers with free learning resources and expert knowledge to inspire children about sustainability through National Curriculum learning.
Tomorrow's Engineers Energy Quest
DetailsEnergy Quest is a free schools programme that encourages young people to find out about sustainable energy. The scheme is targeted at KS3 students, aged 11-14.  Read more...
Writing Scheme
DetailsAs an example of the kind of local bespoke scheme that can bring together different organisations, the Writing Scheme is hard to beat. The scheme brought together Leeds Beckett University, the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company and a primary school in West Yorkshire. The project ran for 7 months in 2017 and was funded by the UK Literary Association. Teachers were helped to bring drama into the classroom to inspire students to explore creating writing.

If you wish to add, remove, or correct any of the information here, please contact 01900 824 822 or email

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