Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)
- 12 state schools involved
- 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
- 150 staff hours given
• Year 4-6 annually enjoy a KNex challenge which is held jointly with our primary partner school. The pupils are mixed and work in groups to build a construction to certain specifications. These are then tested with feedback given. Our evaluation shows pupils gain confidence in working together outside their comfort zone with new pupils. They have to problem-solve in context and work as a team. Their feedback indicates they increasingly enjoy this mixed teamwork and applying different STEM skills.
• Our yearly physics training course continues, again focusing on physics GCSE. The data gathered at the end of the day indicates; the attending teachers all found new ways of using resources to support running the practical sessions; increased confidence in the subject area for non-specialist teachers; technicians felt they were more confident setting up the equipment; new ways of approaching the maths component in the syllabus.
• Our second wave of the ‘Come and Sing’ event incorporated a variety of workshops focussing on the performing arts. The pupils taking part provided feedback in the form of pupil questionnaires. This indicates improved perceptions of the arts in general, especially with the male pupils. They felt they were more comfortable taking part in dance and drama activities and became more interested in finding out about China and its culture. In addition, soft skills such as group work and confidence were highlighted as positive elements of the day.
• Our specialist drama teacher continues to teach a class of Year 5 pupils at our state primary partner school. The teacher and head teacher both provide us with regular feedback. The sessions have proved supportive of behaviour management techniques and building empathy in a class with a heavy male ratio. The pupils’ feedback show that they enjoy the lessons and have learnt to work in groups.
• Our Art meet Science workshop in conjunction with our local primary school built on the concept of how creativity feeds into science and how art and science share the emphasis on the same skills such as sketching and observing. In addition to great enjoyment, the pupils were encouraged to move away from compartmentalising their strength and weaknesses and have a wider outlook to what subjects they could excel in.
• The Forensic Challenge day and the Great Britons workshops, both focused on applying skills and teamwork.