Introduction to the Learning Grid


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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

  1. 1. Inspiring tomorrow’s engineers through hands-on activities that add practical experience to the teaching of science, technology and engineering
  2. 2. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>We are an independent charity, industry-led and funded by Government and the private sector since 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>We inspire young people to become tomorrow’s engineers and encourage them to reach their full potential. </li></ul><ul><li>We support only high quality activities that add practical experience to the teaching of science and engineering. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities are assessed against a Quality Standard by our independent panel drawn from education, industry and the public sector. </li></ul><ul><li>We help accredited activities to grow and share best practice </li></ul>Who are we?   
  3. 3. Quality Standard Rockingham Festival Research and reporting Collaboration The Guide Funding
  4. 4. <ul><li>Quality Standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An independent quality assurance and monitoring process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information for teachers in a consistent, accessible format </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for long-term sustainability, quality improvements and growth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Rockingham Festival </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A 3 Day showcase for the best extra-curricula activities and much more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using our role as a trusted independent third party to encourage joint working </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research and reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the perspectives of teachers, young people and industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year-on-year analysis of participants, schools, income and costs and outcomes </li></ul></ul>What value do we add?   
  5. 5. <ul><li>Young people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We work with primary pupils hrough to students aged 19+ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In primary and secondary schools but not limited to science or design/technology specialists. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing industry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We identify the many ways industry can get involved to their benefit , from development of existing employees to enthusing the employees of the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We support the achievement of the national objectives and measure the return on investment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional engineers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We work in partnership with Engineering Institutions to promote a vibrant, positive image for engineering in the minds of teachers, parents and pupils. </li></ul></ul>Who are our customers?   
  6. 6. <ul><li>Funding, research and reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure, 3-year funding has enabled activities to grow and find additional support. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting data demonstrates the impact on participant numbers and value for money. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reassurance to funders that their money is well spent. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Guide and Quality Standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15,000 Guides, distributed annually to 6,000 schools, provide vital, accessible information for teachers and students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality Assessment reassures schools that projects are curriculum relevant and age appropriate. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and the Rockingham Festival </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Rockingham Festival is an annual showcase for Quality Standard activities, with over 4,000 competitors and visitors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint stands and publications allow cost effective promotion at events such as the Motor Show, Design and Technology Show and Association for Science Education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Stakeholder meetings encourage best practice and further collaboration </li></ul></ul>What difference have we made?   
  7. 7. 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%
  8. 8. <ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued core funding to enable the Quality Standard programmes to sustain and grow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changing the perception of engineering has become a national priority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Measuring outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The accredited activities are all effective in changing the perceptions of young people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But not yet assessing their impact using common measures. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and value for money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The monitoring results demonstrate improvements in cost per participant achieved. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Greater collaboration and sharing will allow even better value for funders. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and teachers are more familiar with the opportunities for extra-curricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Barriers to participation are understood and solutions offered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accredited activities now cover all major areas of engineering and technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK national coverage remains incomplete </li></ul></ul></ul>Where next?   
  9. 9. <ul><li>Companies able to recruit enough people with the right skills & aptitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>Every child undertakes at least two “hands-on” engineering activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One at primary and one at secondary level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A positive and informed view of engineering and manufacturing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, lecturers, pupils and their parents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The effectiveness and impact of engineering programmes understood </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including an extension of the links with Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hands-on, practical learning as an integral part of the syllabus </li></ul>What would success look like?   
  10. 10. <ul><li>Continue to commit your support </li></ul><ul><li>Allow us to recognise your existing commitments to our shared aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join us as a Campaign Partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accept and display our certificate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permit us to credit your Company on our website and in publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appoint a named champion within your organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow us to involve your graduate engineers in a careers research exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support and assist us in our representations to Government </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider extending your relationship with us </li></ul>How can I help?  
  11. 11. <ul><li>Release staff to support local or regional activities and events </li></ul><ul><li>Provide non financial resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to facilities, equipment and/or materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide financial sponsorship or donations to specific activities through the Learning Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor the annual Learning Grid Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor a regional event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the Rockingham Festival or something entirely new </li></ul></ul>Extending the relationship  
  12. 12. <ul><li>Primary Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpower Goblins </li></ul><ul><li>K’Nex Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Formula Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Imagineering Clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpower F24 (and F24+) </li></ul><ul><li>F1 in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Go4SET </li></ul><ul><li>Smallpeice Trust 4-day courses </li></ul><ul><li>Smallpeice STEM days </li></ul><ul><li>Young Engineer for Britain </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Education Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Headstart </li></ul>22 Quality Standard programmes    <ul><li>4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Arkwright Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Flying Start Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Schools Marine Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Shell Eco-marathon Youth Challenge UK </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Engineering Show </li></ul><ul><li>Formula Student </li></ul><ul><li>Year in Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Open4All </li></ul>