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Introduction to the Learning Grid



This summary describes the Learning Grid\'s role, what we offer and how partners can get involved.

This summary describes the Learning Grid\'s role, what we offer and how partners can get involved.



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    Introduction to the Learning Grid Introduction to the Learning Grid Presentation Transcript

    • Inspiring tomorrow’s engineers through hands-on activities that add practical experience to the teaching of science, technology and engineering
      • We comprise 22 Quality Standard activities that deliver “hands-on” science and engineering experiences to over 100,000 young people in 3,500 schools across the UK.
      • We are an independent charity, industry-led and funded by Government and the private sector since 2006.
      • We inspire young people to become tomorrow’s engineers and encourage them to reach their full potential.
      • We support only high quality activities that add practical experience to the teaching of science and engineering.
      • Activities are assessed against a Quality Standard by our independent panel drawn from education, industry and the public sector.
      • We help accredited activities to grow and share best practice
      Who are we?   
    • Quality Standard Rockingham Festival Research and reporting Collaboration The Guide Funding
      • Quality Standard
        • An independent quality assurance and monitoring process
      • The Guide
        • Information for teachers in a consistent, accessible format
      • Funding
        • Support for long-term sustainability, quality improvements and growth
      • The Rockingham Festival
        • A 3 Day showcase for the best extra-curricula activities and much more
      • Collaboration
        • Using our role as a trusted independent third party to encourage joint working
      • Research and reporting
        • Understanding the perspectives of teachers, young people and industry
        • Year-on-year analysis of participants, schools, income and costs and outcomes
      What value do we add?   
      • Young people
        • We work with primary pupils hrough to students aged 19+
      • Teachers
        • In primary and secondary schools but not limited to science or design/technology specialists.
      • Manufacturing industry
        • We identify the many ways industry can get involved to their benefit , from development of existing employees to enthusing the employees of the future.
      • Government
        • We support the achievement of the national objectives and measure the return on investment.
      • Professional engineers
        • We work in partnership with Engineering Institutions to promote a vibrant, positive image for engineering in the minds of teachers, parents and pupils.
      Who are our customers?   
      • Funding, research and reporting
        • Secure, 3-year funding has enabled activities to grow and find additional support.
        • Reporting data demonstrates the impact on participant numbers and value for money.
        • Reassurance to funders that their money is well spent.
      • The Guide and Quality Standard
        • 15,000 Guides, distributed annually to 6,000 schools, provide vital, accessible information for teachers and students.
        • Quality Assessment reassures schools that projects are curriculum relevant and age appropriate.
      • Collaboration and the Rockingham Festival
        • The Rockingham Festival is an annual showcase for Quality Standard activities, with over 4,000 competitors and visitors.
        • Joint stands and publications allow cost effective promotion at events such as the Motor Show, Design and Technology Show and Association for Science Education.
        • Regular Stakeholder meetings encourage best practice and further collaboration
      What difference have we made?   
    • The impact of secure funding (2005/06 to 2007/08)    Measure (from annual monitoring) Programmes funded by Learning Grid Overall growth in number of participants over 3 years +169% Overall growth in participating schools and colleges over 3 years +140% Growth in total income generated by the providers over 3 years +55% Change in cost per participant (excluding in-kind contributions) -42% In-kind contributions from industry as a proportion of total costs 28%
      • Sustainability
        • Continued core funding to enable the Quality Standard programmes to sustain and grow.
          • Changing the perception of engineering has become a national priority
      • Measuring outcomes
        • The accredited activities are all effective in changing the perceptions of young people.
          • But not yet assessing their impact using common measures.
      • Collaboration and value for money
        • The monitoring results demonstrate improvements in cost per participant achieved.
          • Greater collaboration and sharing will allow even better value for funders.
      • Awareness
        • Schools and teachers are more familiar with the opportunities for extra-curricular activities
          • Barriers to participation are understood and solutions offered
      • Coverage
        • Accredited activities now cover all major areas of engineering and technology
          • UK national coverage remains incomplete
      Where next?   
      • Companies able to recruit enough people with the right skills & aptitudes.
      • Every child undertakes at least two “hands-on” engineering activities
        • One at primary and one at secondary level
      • A positive and informed view of engineering and manufacturing
        • By teachers, lecturers, pupils and their parents
      • The effectiveness and impact of engineering programmes understood
        • Including an extension of the links with Industry
      • Hands-on, practical learning as an integral part of the syllabus
      What would success look like?   
      • Continue to commit your support
      • Allow us to recognise your existing commitments to our shared aims and objectives
        • Join us as a Campaign Partner
        • Accept and display our certificate
        • Permit us to credit your Company on our website and in publications
        • Appoint a named champion within your organisation
        • Allow us to involve your graduate engineers in a careers research exercise
        • Support and assist us in our representations to Government
      • Consider extending your relationship with us
      How can I help?  
      • Release staff to support local or regional activities and events
      • Provide non financial resources
        • Access to facilities, equipment and/or materials
      • Provide financial sponsorship or donations to specific activities through the Learning Grid
      • Sponsor the annual Learning Grid Guide
      • Sponsor a regional event
        • the Rockingham Festival or something entirely new
      Extending the relationship  
      • Primary Engineer
      • Greenpower Goblins
      • K’Nex Challenge
      • Formula Schools
      • Imagineering Clubs
      • Greenpower F24 (and F24+)
      • F1 in Schools
      • Go4SET
      • Smallpeice Trust 4-day courses
      • Smallpeice STEM days
      • Young Engineer for Britain
      • Engineering Education Scheme
      • Headstart
      22 Quality Standard programmes   
      • 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge
      • Arkwright Scholarships
      • Flying Start Challenge
      • Schools Marine Challenge
      • Shell Eco-marathon Youth Challenge UK
      • Youth Engineering Show
      • Formula Student
      • Year in Industry
      • Open4All