Raising the Profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
Point 21 of the Careers guidance and inspiration in schools, Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, March 2015 states “Schools should ensure that, as early as possible, pupils understand that a wide range of career choices require good knowledge of maths and the sciences. Schools should ensure that pupils are exposed to a diverse selection of professionals from varying occupations which require STEM subjects, and emphasise in particular the opportunities created for girls and boys who choose science subjects at school and college. Schools should be aware of the need to do this for girls, in particular, who are statistically much more likely than boys to risk limiting their careers by dropping STEM subjects at an early age.”
There are many initiatives that will help you inspire your pupils to get involved in STEM - let’s look at some of them...
There are lots of simple and cheap activities you can carry out in your school. Why not try this nice and simple 'I Do Understand' activity.
Ziploc Plastic Bag, Food Colouring (4 drops) A Marker Pen and Tape.
• Take the Ziploc bag and add clear water to a level of approximately one fifth of the bag’s depth.
• Add 4 drops of food colouring and stir until the water is coloured.
• Seal the bag and tape to a window that faces the sunlight.
• Use the marker pen to get creative draw a sun and a cloud on the outside of the bag.
And the science...
The Earth has a limited amount of water (same amount today as when the dinosaurs roamed the planet) so the planet needs to recycle the water around and around in the water cycle. This is what you will see in the bag over a few days: the water will warm in the sunlight and evaporate into vapor; cool (condense) onto the surface of the bag; then fall as precipitation back into the base of the bag.
Like the idea? Plenty more free activities & resources on the STEM Learning website: www.stem.org.uk. Alternatively Entrust offer a number of activities they can run in your school - email email@example.com to find out more.
British Science Week: 10 – 19 March 2017
The theme for this year’s British Science Week is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It is also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future.
The British Science Association have several resources that will help you promote STEM in your school, including:
· Activity Packs
· A poster competition
· Demo Day resources and advice
· Penguin Watch (Citizen science projects)
Find out more by visiting www.britishscienceweek.org.
Big Bang Fair: 15-18 March 2017
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. You can register for a free place at the Fair by visiting www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.
Or why not host a Big Bang @ school? The Big Bang @ School supports schools to deliver events to excite pupils about STEM subjects, inspire them to consider science or engineering careers and let them talk to engineers and scientists face-to-face. A Big Bang @ School Fair can be as big or as small as you like. You could invite local businesses to take part, involve STEM ambassadors, bring in activity providers or do it all by yourself. The important thing is that pupils have fun finding out where their STEM studies can lead them. Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEMNET - STEM Ambassadors
STEM Ambassadors provide a vital link between employers and the workforce of tomorrow. They can help you inspire your students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
STEMNET’s Ambassadors Programme is the only well-established role-model programme in the UK specically intended to inspire and enthuse young people in STEM. From electrical engineers and architects to chemists, physicists and software developers, the STEM Ambassadors Programme has tens of thousands of volunteers, from thousands of employers across the UK, who give their time and enthusiasm to bring STEM subjects and careers to life in your classroom or school.
STEM Ambassadors come from a diverse range of backgrounds and working environments – and they all use STEM skills in their everyday lives. Above all, every STEM Ambassador understands how inspiring children in STEM can encourage students to achieve their full potential. 93% of teachers said pupils had increased knowledge and understanding of STEM subjects after involvement with STEMNETs programmes.
Entrust holds the STEMNET contract for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Birmingham. To find out how we can support the promotion of STEM in your school, email email@example.com.
Energy Saving Tips
Our Energy Management Team have listed some top tips to help you save energy...
Make sure your air conditioning/cooling system isn't running at the same time as your heating - a dead band of at least 5 degrees should be set to ensure this doesn’t happen, also it helps to have an authoritative heating/cooling policy.
Don't over cool your server rooms - you often see server rooms cooled to as low as 16 degrees but IT kit can operate perfectly fine at 20 degrees, but this is a debate that must be undertaken with your IT team first.
Switch it off! Don't leave lighting left on when areas are unoccupied - this will be down to either poor controls or poor housekeeping
Don't leave items (IT equipment etc.) on standby instead of switching them off, especially out of hours.
Check whether you can work in the natural light before switching a light on.
Local electric space heaters often provide a large burden to the electricity consumption, they can also affect the heating system - use of these should restricted, a heating policy really helps to enforce this.
Ensure your air conditioning plant is maintained.
Turn your heating off outside of operational hours.
Make sure your heating isn't running at a set point too high - generally speaking 1 degrees adds an extra 8-10% on to your heating bill!
Make sure your room stats are located in the right place - while sensor location is a bit of a black art, generally speaking stats should be located in areas representative of the occupied spaces, not in corridors.
Make sure someone in your school has a good understanding of how heating works.
Make sure your boiler is serviced properly - contractors should be tuning boilers during an annual service but this is often over looked.
Carry out regular meter readings - underground leaks often go undetected and this is the only way to spot a leak!
Check your urinals are working properly - an uncontrolled urinal will continually fill and flush 24/7
Keep on top of the maintenance of your kitchen equipment and stored water overflows.
Get your heating system checked - a leaks in your heating system could result in a loss of water and an increase in heating costs
For more information on energy management, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 111 8030.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity
Developing a young person’s understanding of life in modern Britain
We live in a time where celebrating cultural diversity is more important than ever. Acts of ignorance and intolerance towards others and their beliefs are often apparent throughout the media and our everyday lives.
Teaching young people to embrace and celebrate other cultures is paramount to their development as they grow into adults. Learning to be tolerant and respectful are key life skills that will enable young people to contribute positively to society.
Meeting OFSTED requirements
Working across all four key stages, including special schools - our advisers provide fun, bespoke workshops that will help you meet OFSTED requirements in developing young people’s awareness and tolerance of communities different to their own.
A rich learning experience
Our workshops provide a rich learning experience which contributes to the breadth and balance of the curriculum. Available as a day event, focus week or a day per term, our workshops will leave young people enthralled with wonder and curiosity about other cultures.
Our workshops include:
• The contribution of various cultures to Modern Britain
• Judaism, Buddhism and Islam
• Festivals from around the world e.g. Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year, Polish Festivals, Kite Festival
• Journeys - exploring asylum, refugee and migrant issues
• Interactive Exhibitions - Rites of Passage, Weddings and Islam
• Food Workshops – sample the many exotic flavours of Asia
• Traditional games from around the world
• Storytelling from different cultures
• Chinese and Arabic Calligraphy
• Chinese and Islamic Art
• Dance – Attan, Bollywood and Chinese
Find out more
For more information and to discuss your specific requirements should you need a bespoke package, please email MEAS@entrust-ed.co.uk.
Upcoming Writing Competitions
It’s our desire to ensure 2017 is filled with a multitude of writerly insights and discussion for children and young people, therefore we have gathered a list of upcoming writing competitions scheduled for the year ahead.
BBC Radio 2 - 500 words
Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability.
500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for the competition; that’s over 277 MILLION words!
To enter, children and young people aged 9-13 years must write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online.
The winning story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch.
So... if you want one of your pupil's stories heard by the 10 million Radio 2 listeners, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/13FxbKl0D1DP80zvWRgw2CK/submit-your-500-words-story.
Let your imagination run wild and write a short story. Create a legend from the deep, or a tale of a heroine lost at sea and enter our creative writing competition based on the theme ‘Any Port in a Storm’.
Stories are to be no longer than 500 words.
Entries will be judged in three categories: 10 years and under, 11 – 15 years old and 16 years and over.
A winning story will be chosen from each category. The three winners will receive a family ticket (*2 adults 2 children, weekday show not including opening night) to Giffords Circus, at which their story will be read out by Tweedy. It will also be printed in their 2017 programme.
Three runners up (one from each category) will receive a family ticket* to Giffords Circus.
All entries should be sent with contact details (Name, Age, Address, Email & Telephone) by post to
Creative Writing Competition,
All entries must be received by Friday 3rd March.
Find out more by visiting: http://www.giffordscircus.com/nells-blog/2017/1/6/new-years-resolution-no3
Wicked Young Writers Award
The Wicked Young Writer Awards was established by the long-running musical WICKED to link the important messages of the production with a competition that would inspire young people to use creative writing to look at life a little differently.
Since its launch in 2010, they have received over 20,000 entries to the award. The 2017 Awards are now open and close on Monday 13th March 2017, so there’s plenty of time for writing!
•Deadline: Monday 13th March 2017
•Writing subject: Writing can be personal to you, so choose whichever topic you like.
•Length: 750 words
•Format: Upload digitally here or post bulk entries direct to us
•There are six categories: 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, 15-17 years old, 18-25 years old, 15-25 For Good Award for Non-Fiction
To find out more visit: http://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/
Introduce younger pupils to poetry and help them create their own original poem inspired by animals with Poetry Safari! From wild animals and sea creatures to pets and dinosaurs, pupils can write about any animal they choose. They could even create their own crazy creature!
• Only one entry per pupil
• Poems can be written or typed
• Please ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form.
To get involved, visit https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/poetry-safari/
Inspire your pupils further...
If you want to know more about how to support literacy development, join us on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at our Primary English Conference. A day designed to refuel the enthusiasm and vision of teachers.
Throughout the course of the day you will have the opportunity to pause, network and be inspired by the inventiveness of others and go back in to school feeling refreshed and enthused, with a wealth of ideas to try out.
To find out more visit http://entrust.education/Article/24525
Unicef Day For Change
Now’s the time to plot the 24th of May 2017 on your calendar – it’s Unicef’s Day for Change! Last year, Unicef Day for Change raised more than £470,000.
Every school that registers for 'Day for Change' will be sent a welcome pack in the spring term 2017, which includes a how-to guide and lots of other useful and fun materials and tools. Plus, ready to use teaching resources including assembly and lesson plans, worksheets, videos and activities.
Click here to register and find out more, and join hundreds of schools across the UK to raise vital funds to keep children safe.
Some facts about Day for Change...
Just £3.50 could provide a class of 30 children with vitamin A supplements to stop blindness, and deworming tablets to help them absorb nutrients
£5 could provide life-saving therapeutic milk to treat a severely malnourished child for five days
£8 can supply high-energy food for a malnourished child for one week
Just £16 could provide critical vitamin and micro nutrient supplements for two toddlers for a whole year
Raising £50 could provide education on nutrition and child feeding for 250 mothers or care givers of children under two
£150 could provide training for one county health worker on how to provide life-saving treatment for children with acute malnutrition.