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‘THE INSPIRE SERIES’ – An Exciting New Project for Schools

The Skills Service is about to launch a brand new project for schools which focuses on the ‘Future Workforce’ and which aims to empower young people at a time when they are facing some tough challenges.

This page will outline the key strands of the project, how it will operate in practice, and the activities and resources we will be able to provide. In order to deliver it effectively during the pandemic we have created everything so that it can be run virtually either in school or at home. We would like to deliver this to as many schools as possible over the next academic year so please get in touch if you would like further information by emailing Jacqui.farrell@theskillsservice.co.uk

 

Strand 1 – Digital Innovation

This will be delivered nationally in partnership with CityFibre and will be branded ‘Inspire Your City’. We have a challenge where students will be asked to design a product or service, which uses fast full fibre broadband and which improves the lives of residents in their home town/city. Their ideas can be drawn, written, shown on video, or they may come up with a different format completely, and they can work individually or in teams. Chosen ideas will be put forward to key people and just may be brought to life.  Open to both Primary and Secondary students aged 7-18. Individual entrants will be put forward to a quarterly judging panel and may win a Tech voucher worth £100. School teams can also win prizes for their school. We are also hoping to run physical events with students in school as soon as restrictions are fully eased.

 

Strand 2 – Sustainability/Circular Economy

An exciting strand with a few different aspects. The main Challenge will be a problem solving activity using situations from real businesses, in partnership with Peterborough Environment City Trust. Local businesses will pitch their problem relating to efficiency, sustainability or the environment to students who will have to choose which business they would like to support. They will then prepare a solution and pitch it back to the business concerned who will choose an ultimate winning team. We are looking into sponsored prizes for this challenge and will keep you informed if this happens. Ideal for all age groups.

Another side of this strand is a project called ‘Rethink Food’ which focuses on nutrition, healthy eating, growing your own food and cooking skills. It will launch in February 2021 but schools will be signed up before then for information sharing and preparation time. We will be looking to support 17 schools in the area across Primary and Secondary – possibly Feeder schools or mixed teams.

We are also discussing a further two ‘Design Challenges’ with a Sustainability theme, in partnership with two local companies. More details to follow.

 

Strand 3 – Automation/Robotics

We have a Resource Pack for schools which focuses on automation and robotics. There are various activities which can be used as the foundation of a lesson plan. Once completed it actually forms a potential full entry to the ‘Inspire Your City’ challenge outlined above. For those of you who have taken part in our ‘Build A Business’ Enterprise Challenge you will be familiar with the layout of the pack. We are adding to the resource pack constantly and it can be adapted to suit different year groups. Please email Jacqui.farrell@theskillsservice.co.uk for your copy.

We are also hoping to have videos, presentations, articles and resources created by people in industry and partnered organisations. A lot of interest has been shown already and we will be covering Industry 4.0 which is a key theme for any young people interested in STEM careers.

 

Strand 4  – Future Workforce

This strand will focus on careers information around future careers. A recent report by the World Economic Forum stated that 65% of children who entered Primary school in 2016 will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. We want to inspire young people by providing virtual workplace tours, case studies, career options, virtual ‘Meet the Professional’ videos and lots more. We are working with the Future Libraries Initiative on a new website which will be an accessible platform for schools, families and individual young people. Expected launch for this resource is October 2020.

 

Strand 5 – The Arts

This strand focuses on creativity, dance, music, performing arts and we have a very exciting opportunity with BBC Radio Cambs to start things off. Our ‘Create A Podcast’ Challenge will give students the chance to create their very own podcast, with support from the radio station. Winning teams will have their podcast broadcast on air. We are working on many other aspects of this particular strand and will update as and when we can.

 

We can deliver this project free of charge thanks to sponsorship and partnership working. Your school may want to use some of it or all of it or take certain aspects at a time.

If anybody would like further information, or to discuss the project, please contact us using the email provided below. We are currently working through the final details so any input would be appreciated, especially if you see any potential problems or gaps that we haven’t thought about. If possible, please include your feeder schools in your planning and put them in touch with us directly at Jacqui.farrell@theskillsservice.co.uk

 

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