• Enabling pupils to make the link between what they are learning and the world of work

Directory of pre-existing opportunities

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:

They are grouped into the following categories:

◾Section 1: Local schemes

◾Section 2: National schemes with local delivery partners

◾Section 3: National schemes I

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

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

This programme is run by Kaefer. Students will learn how to recognise individual strengths and personalities.

ACTIVITY – students, employers and the teachers will all take the personality test to find which of the 6 animals they are. Each animal has 5 personality traits and suggested careers.

OUTCOME – look at how we can use our strengths and personalities effectively in school or in the workplace and how we interact with those around us.

LENGTH OF TIME – 1 hour

This event can be combined with the Kaefer Careers Aspirations session – see separate listing

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Phone: 01946 556470

A 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.

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Two 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.

The Driving Fashion Day includes two challenges (which can be delivered over a full day or as two separate half days).

Eco-Drive tasks students with building a new eco-vehicle as a team. Cars are built using a flat plastic building material and promotes transport thinking to help people get around sustainably. Teams compete to come up with the best inventions.

Our RecyClothes Show enthuses pupils to create their own catwalk fashion brand using clean secondhand clothes. Bringing creativity to life as the teams make a selection of outfits for their ‘models’ culminating in an eco-tastic Fashion Show with catwalk display!

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Enterprise 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!

The kit features a brilliant handbook with loads of business, STEM, enterprise and environmental links as well as some great worksheets for KS2 to look at Water Usage.

There’s enough soap in the kits to make around 600 novelty soaps – so lots of workshops and activity days can be planned around the kits.

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Enterprise 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!

The soap can then be taken home to use or sold to help raise funds for the school!

The team at Innovative Enterprise have been delivering brilliant school enterprise sessions for the past 12 years from their base in Kirkby Lonsdale.

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‘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.

Get Buzzy!

Throughout march 2019-2022 CWT is providing a range of activity sessions for Primary Schools across the West Coast of Cumbria and along the A66 linked to pollinators and wildflower habitats.

Activities can take place in your school or at a nearby community site and can be tailored to suit your curriculum needs. Example activities are as follows:

The Get Cumbria Buzzing Pollination talk – 30-minute fun & interactive presentation on the importance of pollination for a school assembly or in addition to workshops below
The Bumblebee game – A 1-hour activity that’s great fun and helps to reinforce learning about plant reproduction through pollination. This activity requires some physical activity (running around) and the use of an outdoor play area or indoor hall
The Humble Bumble – A 1-hour session enabling children to learn incredible facts about this very gentle creature, its life cycle and the different species than can be found in the locality and the UK. An interactive PowerPoint session is followed by an opportunity for children to learn how to identify and record the 6 common species of bumblebees safely in and around their school grounds. The records will then be sent to a local and national database and will help our Cumbria pollinator atlas.
The Artful Bee – Get Creative making bumblebee masks or models using a variety of materials whilst learning why bumblebees and other pollinators are so important for the production of the food we eat 1-2 hours’ activity depending on time available.
Wildflower planting – A 1-3-hour activity that’s a bit messy and great fun planting wildflowers in the school grounds or at a local community site (travel expenses paid)
Mini-beast detectives – 1-2-hour activity to discover what insects inhabit wildflowers and investigate how they have adapted to their environment. Learn about why wildflowers are such an important habitat for our wild pollinators and other wildlife. Take a closer look at ‘pollination in action’ and discover what really happens! Can be done in School grounds or tagged onto a wildflower planting session.

Buzzy teachers!
Teacher training sessions can be coordinated to coincide with workshops or as a 1-2 hour after-school session with-in your school. The session will equip teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to identify bumblebees and other pollinators, run wildflower/pollinator visits and activities and provide pollinator-friendly habitats in your school grounds.

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Phone: 01228 829570

Mobile: 07741 858382

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Jobs 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.

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In this session, students are able to think about what they want to be when they grow up.

This session also covers what is a CV, what is an interview, first impressions and the steps towards getting a job.

ACTIVITY – this activity involves a group discussion of what jobs are associated with certain pictures. Students will begin to think about the amount of different opportunities available post-school. Students then look at what a CV consists of and in pairs ask each other interview questions for their dream job.

OUTCOME – to look at the range of different job in our community and the steps towards a job.

LENGTH OF TIME – 1 hour

This session can be combined with the AnimalME Personality Test – see separate listing

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Provides 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.

The training covers a number of areas including:

  • Getting help
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Bleeds
  • Collapse
  • Not breathing
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Choking

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Mobile: 07976 912 668

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MoneySense 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 www.mymoneysense.com.

Super smoothie shop (5-8s)
How we use money (5-8s)
Fraud scene investigators (8-12s)
It’s party time! (8-12s)
Make a difference (12-16s)
A mobile plan (12-16s)
Designing a crowdfunded project (16-18s)

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Public 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.

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Every 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.

The Foundation will be contacting West Cumbrian Schools in January, so do keep an eye on the school inbox for an invite.

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Phone: 01946 813 778

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Provides 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.

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This programme is run by Kaefer. Students go through the tender process of a scaffolding project looking at different job roles at KAEFER.

ACTIVITY – Geography quiz, scaffolding design, percentages worksheet, purchasing materials, budgeting, health and safety, and construction.

OUTCOME – Teamwork, Communication, Understanding of job roles

LENGTH OF TIME – 1 day (can take elements to shorten time )

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A 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.

Learning sessions offered cover an exceptional range of subjects all carefully linked to different curriculum areas, from arts and crafts at Blackwell to geology at Keswick and boatbuilding at the Dock Museum in Barrow.

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Mobile: 07769 326109

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STEMFirst 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.

We can help your school to understand the range of hands-on STEM opportunities available, how STEM Ambassadors can support awareness of the career opportunities STEM subjects can lead to, and help young people make informed choices about their futures.

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Phone: 07808 646 493

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The 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.

The museum offers a perfect platform for businesses to collaborate in community and schools outreach, allowing them to reach out without the burden of organising such events from the ground up. It offers a bespoke venue for schools to run a heritage/arts learning session that can be added to with content on areas of expertise that are unique to the businesses of West Cumbria. This is where local supply chain and businesses can get involved. From careers and communications skills to vocational subjects and STEM – the team are happy to explore all possibilities on how we can work together. What’s more, the state of the art Beacon Portal provides an ideal community hub set in the centre of Whitehaven. The Beacon Portal is ideal for collaborative and community projects. All proceeds from venue hire go back into the ongoing work of the museum.

Below are some examples of the typical sessions that the museum deliver to over 5000 school children each year. These are based on the National Curriculum and reflect the subjects that schools ask for around heritage and local history.

Activity sessions

Explore the past — Stone Age to Iron Age

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Norse Settlers — New for 2018

Discover where the Vikings came from and what they looked like. Explore how they navigated across the seas, how they lived and what happened to them.

Toys — old and new (KS1)

Find out about toys from the past and how they differ to those played with today. The activity session involves discovering and looking at a wide range of fascinating Victorian toys and how they compare with toys from the 40s, 50s, 60s through to modern toys.

Wish you were here: A day at the Victorian seaside (KS1)

Let us take you on a journey to learn what a trip to the seaside was like for the Victorians! How have holidays changed?

Keep the home fires burning: World War II (KS2)

What was life like for the people of Copeland during World War II? Find out about rationing, air raids, gas masks, fun and games.

The Romans are coming (KS2)

Beacon Museum staff bring the sights, sounds and smells of ancient Rome into schools. Togas, original artefacts and some very fishy smells will bring the life and times of the Romans alive in your classroom.

Roman armour

Step back in time and discover how early humans lived, learn about human evolution from primitive Homo sapiens through to our Iron Age ancestors.

Washday blues (KS1)

Washday Blues is a hands-on activity session taking children back to the harsh realities of daily domestic life in Victorian times.

Time detectives

Go back in time and explore 19th Century Industrial Whitehaven. Learn what life was like for the working class and find out how they survived without electricity or sanitation.

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Primary Learning with

West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Learn all about West Cumbria’s amazing rivers with our FREE, hands-on educational sessions for KS2.

Wild River Days – We start in the classroom, using Ordnance Survey maps to identify your local rivers, streams and lakes.You’ll find out how different land conditions affect rivers by carrying out a soil experiment, and learn about the amazing animals that live in and along rivers.This session develops critical thinking and problem solving skills.We’ll also think of ways we can save water usage and learn some interesting facts about the new United Utilities pipeline.
We then head to your local river where you’ll use fieldwork techniques to observe, measure and record river features and get into the river for some river dipping! With our one-day option we can bring the river creatures to you if you can’t take part in a field trip.
Options
One day session (half day in the classroom plus half day field trip or we’ll bring the river to you!)
Two day session (full day in the classroom plus full day field trip)

Assemblies – A great way to introduce learners to rivers.These interactive 30 minute assemblies will cover your local river system, landscape features, geographical river terms and the creatures found in and along the river.We can also discuss the United Utilities new pipeline project and think of some clever ways to save water.

Mussels in the Classroom – Learn about the fascinating, critically endangered freshwater mussel which has its last stronghold in England in the rivers of Copeland. The session includes time spent in the classroom
with activities and completing a work booklet, followed by a trip to the river to see the freshwater mussel using bathyscopes (glass bottom viewing buckets) and underwater cameras.

We can also deliver sessions tailored for you and your class and can adapt them for KS1.

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Phone: 017687 75429

Mobile: 07494 425759

Address:
West Cumbria Rivers Trust
32 Lake Road
Keswick
CA12 5DQ

Section 2 — National schemes with local delivery partners

This programme is run by Kaefer. Students will learn how to recognise individual strengths and personalities.

ACTIVITY – students, employers and the teachers will all take the personality test to find which of the 6 animals they are. Each animal has 5 personality traits and suggested careers.

OUTCOME – look at how we can use our strengths and personalities effectively in school or in the workplace and how we interact with those around us.

LENGTH OF TIME – 1 hour

This event can be combined with the Kaefer Careers Aspirations session – see separate listing

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The 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.

There are many ways in which you can interact with the Project, including visiting the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre (BTC) where we are building the Car and travelling to where the Car will run. Or we can come to visit you!

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A 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.

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Phone: 01900 824 822

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Our 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.

Presented by our own employees, Gist’s Child Road Safety Programme has been presented to more than 100,000 children in schools within our local communities across the UK.

What’s it all about?
Your visit consists of an indoor presentation as well as an outdoor interactive experience, where children will get to see a truck close up and even sit in the drivers seat.

Pre-visit
The school will receive a pre-visit from a presenter, which includes a safety and risk assessment, and a full explanation of the sessions with staff.

The Indoor Presentation (approx 1 hour)
The indoor presentation includes guidance on how children can stay safe on the roads and supports the school’s PSHE and Citizenship national curriculum requirements.

The Outdoor presentation (approx 1 hour per class)
Children are given an opportunity to explore inside the cab of the vehicle and get to see first hand the view from the driver’s seat. Our experienced presenters also conduct a practical demonstration, putting the theory learned earlier into practice. They will discuss stopping distances and driver blind spots with the children in a safe and controlled environment.

All schools are supplied with Gist high-visibility vests for the children, a classroom activity pack and a selection of bonus Gist accessories.

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Phone: 01228 815140 – M Bowman/P Maxey

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C-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.

Teachers – why FIRST® LEGO® League is perfect for your school – Impact studies show that students gain an increased interest in science and technology by working with FIRST LEGO League (FLL®). FLL does this by providing a practical and engaging way of involving students in the subject areas.

AS A CLASSROOM RESOURCE, FIRST LEGO LEAGUE…

  • Promotes student engagement
  • Allows for differentiation
  • Promotes self-directed learning
  • Encourages hands-on learning
  • Has real-life connections

YOUR STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP AND APPLY THEIR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING SKILLS TO…

  • Identify relevant sources of information using a range of resources
  • Use language and communication skills
  • Understand the scientific method of formulating hypotheses, testing, evaluating and rejecting/confirming hypotheses
  • Work as part of a team

YOUR STUDENTS WILL ALSO DEVELOP AND APPLY THEIR STEM SKILLS TO…

  • Develop, evaluate, and modify their design ideas
  • Learn about the concepts of input, process, and output and the importance of feedback in control systems
  • See how complex systems break down into sub-systems
  • Apply their existing maths knowledge
  • Engage in mathematical discussions of results

Cumbria’s Regional final will be announced shortly.

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Phone: 01539 567 101

Mobile: 07977 512 109

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PhunkyFoods is an award-winning early years and primary school programme of healthy lifestyle curriculum activities, lesson plans and resources.

The PhunkyFoods mission is to improve the dietary and physical activity habits of young children (aged 2-11 years) across the UK by helping to create supportive learning environments for health in early years settings and primary schools. Rapid increases in childhood obesity prevalence means that we must help empower children, alongside their families and communities, to take control over their wellbeing to enable them to live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives.

The PhunkyFoods Programme aims to help early years settings and primary schools to deliver a whole-school approach to healthy lifestyles and to engage with all pupils, and their families, in promoting tangible health behaviour changes in a fun, lively and positive manner.

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With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

The Primary Business Partnership has some contacts who may be able to arrange a regular after-school coding club for your school – contact us if you are interested

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Do you want STEM Ambassadors to help some of your science projects?

Schools can find a STEM Ambassador to support their activities via the website

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Health, Wellness and Mindfulness programmes for children

Each WHISkids course takes the form of a six-week programme that take place in school, usually in the hall as it includes activities for learning about physical and emotional wellbeing which can currently be tailored to any class group, aged from four to 11.

WHISkids uses the My Way Code mental health programme to underpin everything it teaches. It uses the metaphors from cars and travelling so is aspirational, relatable and gender neutral.

WHISkids sessions can be delivered by our facilitators (currently in Nottingham and Cumbria) or schools can purchase all the resources needed for staff and teachers to deliver themselves.

The cost is £450+VAT for a 6 session course for up to 15 children

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Section 3 — National schemes

This programme is run by Kaefer. Students will learn how to recognise individual strengths and personalities.

ACTIVITY – students, employers and the teachers will all take the personality test to find which of the 6 animals they are. Each animal has 5 personality traits and suggested careers.

OUTCOME – look at how we can use our strengths and personalities effectively in school or in the workplace and how we interact with those around us.

LENGTH OF TIME – 1 hour

This event can be combined with the Kaefer Careers Aspirations session – see separate listing

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Phone: 01946 556470

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Although 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.

Topics include:

  • using and understanding food labels
  • food waste
  • farm to fork

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Phone: 0131 229 9415

A 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.

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Adopt a School, which incorporates both Chefs Adopt a School and Hospitality in Schools, is a national charity that was founded in 1990.

Our vision is that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy. Our programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages an enthusiasm and interest in food, cooking, food provenance and sustainability, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry. Chefs and hospitality professionals deliver our high quality food education programme in primary schools across the country. We have devised a course of one session per term delivered to the same year group. The lessons are designed to teach children the basics of food and cookery without the need for cooking facilities – which most primary schools lack. All that is required is the classroom.

Benefits of the programme

  • To introduce children and young people to fresh food through an animated approach to tasting.
  • Children develop the knowledge and skills to cook, choose and eat healthy, tasty, sustainable food.
  • Children are encouraged to reconnect with food and learn about the wider impact of food on health and the environment which helps to develop healthier habits.
  • To support primary school teachers to deliver the cooking & nutrition element of the primary curriculum.
  • To offer an insight into the hospitality industry.

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Phone: 020 8673 6300

Mobile: 07891 027 831

Address:
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
53 Cavendish Road
London
SW12 0BL

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Apps 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.

Students work together in teams to find issues they care about. They go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.

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Phone: 0208 150 6908

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Athlete 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.

The visits can be used to engage your young people, parents or for staff training days to inspire the workforce. The athlete mentors can deliver bespoke interventions through assemblies, workshops and master classes to support a range of whole school outcomes. These include mentoring a specific pupil group, delivering motivational speeches, awards ceremonies or sports day.

Mentors are listed by region and there are a number available for school visits in the North West.

The Youth Sport Trust website also includes a database of resources.

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Phone: 01509 226 600

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A 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.

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What 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!

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The 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.

There are three types of grant:

  • Kick Start grant: a grant of up to £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week
  • Kick Start More grant: a grant of up to £700 for your school to host a science event or activity
  • Kick Start Youth grant £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised by students

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent,
  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds, and/or
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location

NOTE: The deadline for applications for British Science Week 2019 is 5pm, 12 November 2018.

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The 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.

The Centres of Excellence programme recognises and rewards schools who are committing to, developing and continuing excellence in financial education in their own school and beyond. There are more than 100 Centre of Excellence schools.

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Phone: 0207 330 9470

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The 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.

The Children Challenging Industry scheme encourages the use of industrial contexts to enhance pupils’ experience of Working Scientifically, using real problems from science-based industries.

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Phone: 01904 322 523

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CREST is the British Science Association’s scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

It is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

CREST gives young people aged 5-19 the chance to choose their own subject and methodology when completing their hands-on investigation.

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Explorify 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.

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Free resources available to download so you can run your own Family Safety Week awareness session

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Research 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.

The Student First Aid scheme is operated by St John’s Ambulance and allows teachers to either build their own first aid course from a range of modules or select the ready-built training option most suited to their pupils, ranging from a 1-hour taster session to a full 5-hour ‘First Aid in a Day’ session.

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Phone: 0844 770 4800

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First 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.

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Phone: 01707 909410

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Panjango 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.

The game includes 50 different career trump cards with ratings for Brain Power, Physical Effort, Social Good, Study & Training, Average Salary and Robot Risk! Each card also comes with a Job Description and a Fun Fact to bring each of the careers to life.

The benefits of using Panjango Trumps include:

  • making career learning fun and interactive
  • opening minds to exciting new career opportunities
  • helping young people understand the social value of different careers
  • developing an understanding of the risk of automation on careers
  • pro-actively challenging gender stereotypes

The trumps pack also includes a blank template allowing young people to create their own career trump cards, as well as 8 other fun mini games and exercises to extend their career learning in fun and engaging ways.

The game can be played by up to 6 players and is suitable for young people of all ages.

Also take a look at the new Panjango board game – it is suitable for most children aged 8 and over.

There is also the Panjango Online platform (free to use at www.panjango.online). It has a filter system so you can get it to display only those challenges suitable for primary school children.

Panjango — connecting learning to life

Young people can often find career learning dull and, more broadly, they can fail to understand how their learning will be used in life after school. 

Our fun games and resources give learning real world context, help children to think about their future and better prepare them for life after school.

So here are 4 ways you can connect learning to life and make it fun for children to explore the world of work…

1 The Panjango Game

A fast-moving board game exploring the world of work. This competitive and cooperative game is filled with quick-fire challenges that help children think about their future as they develop key skills for life.

  • includes 24 challenge varieties across the Question, Action, Team Play and All Play categories
  • gives Maths, English and Science real world context
  • game booklet includes another 10 mini games and info on 126 careers

The Panjango Game is available for only £29.99 per game.

Find out more at www.panjango.com/products/the-panjango-game

2 Panjango Trumps

The fun way to explore the world of work! A unique twist on the classic game that pits jobs against each other in a battle of stats.

  • explores 50 different jobs with rankings on Study/Training, Brain Power, Social Good, Physical Effort, Average Salary and Robot Risk!
  • each trump card includes a Job Description and a Fun Fact to bring the careers to life
  • also includes 8 mini games and exercises for cross-curriculum working, and a blank trump card for children to create their own

Panjango Trumps is available for just £9.99 a pack.

Find out more at www.panjango.com/products/panjango-trumps

3 Panjango Trumps: Future Jobs

Explore the future world of work! We have worked with some of the world’s leading futurists to predict the exciting new jobs that young people will have the opportunity to do in the future.

  • explores 50 future jobs from Data Detective to DNA Reprogrammer, or Memory Surgeon to Meat Grower!
  • trump cards include a Job Description, Fun Fact and six ratings including Job Prospects, Salary Grade and Cool Factor!
  • each pack also includes 6 mini games and a blank trump card for children to create their own

Panjango Trumps: Future Jobs is available for just £9.99 a pack.

Find out more at www.panjango.com/products/panjango-trumps-future-jobs

4 Panjango Online

A FREE online platform that allows young people to explore careers through interactive challenges that gamify and give context to learning. The platform contains more than 2500 challenges covering more than 120 different jobs.

  • Knowledge Challenges directly link the KS2 and KS3 Maths, English and Science curriculum to the world of work
  • Skills Challenges are fun, interactive exercises which develop the skills and competencies needed in the modern workplace
  • Experience Challenges are reflective exercises requiring young people to debate solutions to work-related scenarios or ethical dilemmas
  • includes a filter system to tailor the resource for your individual needs (including options for both individual and group modes)

Panjango Online is FREE to use. To register simply visit www.panjango.online/user/login

How to Purchase

You can purchase our games directly through our website. Alternatively, you can send us a purchase order or request an invoice. 

Save 10% when you order 10 or more Panjango games — and save even more when you buy one of our bundle packages!

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The 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.

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Twenty 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.

Significant proportions of the UK population lack the basic functional skills and knowledge to effectively manage their money. KickStart Money has been developed as a mechanism for the financial services industry to pro-actively and collectively transform the long term savings behaviour of a generation.

With a shared aim of raising over £1 million, KickStart Money is a serious statement of intent by the savings and investment industry and supports calls for financial education to become a compulsory element of the Primary National Curriculum. KickStart Money’s prime delivery partner will be the highly respected and award winning financial education charity MyBnk.

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Helping 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.

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Lifesavers 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

The teams learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots. The work is carried out over 10 weeks and can be in-school or extra-curricular. Challenge events allow for the teams to compete at both regional and national level.

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Rock 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.

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Where the construction industry is undertaking projects, expert ecologists can be booked to visit local primary schools and run ecology-based workshops.

These workshops are designed to educate and inspire pupils about ecology and the natural environment, whilst also educating students about how the development is being carried out and allowing pupils to engage with members of the developer’s project team.

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Sci-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.

They have a range of fun, accessible programmes for primary schools, which are fantastic value for money. All involve hands-on work with our 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane model plane. Alongside this, we have a series of vibrant and engaging STEM and History enrichment activities, designed to help students to understand and absorb elements of the national curriculum.

The star of the show is our wonderfully detailed and highly realistic 1:3 scale Hawker Hurricane. This is our key to delivering engaging and interactive STEM and history educational programmes. The beauty of our model is it comes apart! With 46 different parts to assemble, this beautiful aircraft takes learning to a new level. It encourages curiosity, planning and, most of all, teamwork.

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Sustainable Learning connects teachers with free learning resources and expert knowledge to inspire children about sustainability through National Curriculum learning.

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Energy 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.

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As 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.

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