INSET Training

Following on from a successful trial project, the Skills Academy linked again with Teachers from Industry to further promote the uptake of STEM subjects in school by improving and encouraging the teaching of science and technology in primary schools.  This project was funded by the NDA.

 

“The nuclear industry needs more young people to take up science, engineering, maths and technology subjects.   Research shows that the industry needs about 1500 recruits per annum.  There are many different routes into the Nuclear Sector from apprenticeships, to joining as a graduate. Feedback received from the schools has been excellent, and demonstrates that that schools welcome the help and support that these workshops provide.”
Jean Llewellyn, NSA Nuclear

 

The Challenge
Engage with schools to promoting the uptake of STEM subjects in school by improving and encouraging the teaching of science and technology in primary schools.

 

The Results                                                 
The project concentrated on two Engineering themes, Electrical (electrical circuits) and Mechanical (Simple Mechanisms) aimed at Key Stage one and two. 

For each theme, Teachers from Industry provided their own ‘specialist teachers’ to deliver workshops to students in schools, provided teacher training INSET days and produced a teacher’s resource kit.  The main aim of this activity was to enable teachers to present the subjects in a creative and fun way to stimulate and encourage both the teachers and the pupils.
 
The project delivered 172 workshops to over 4,500 primary school pupils on each topic and provided 8 INSET training workshops to 94 teachers. 
 
The project concentrated on geographical areas close to civil nuclear activity in England, primarily in the Preston, Risley and Capenhust areas.
 
Comments from teachers included;
 “Absolutely brilliant day! I had no knowledge of the areas covered in the course.  I now feel that I have a firm grounding and can use this with the teacher pack and DVD for good teaching.”
 
“ This has definitely improved my subject knowledge, but more importantly it has shown me how to make teaching extremely fun, interactive and accessible to children throughout the primary years.”