Plastics in our Environment

Plastics in our Environment is a guide to the science of plastics and the environmental issues concerned with their use for Key Stage 4.

The package provides background information for various levels of the Science Attainment targets 1 – 4 and Technology Attainment targets 3 and 4. It is abvailable as a photocopiable book – and thus just one copy is needed, and can be used repeatedly within the school.

The book is divided into five main sections:

  1. The life cycle of plastic – from manufacture and use to disposal and recycling.
  2. Why plastics are used – their properties, the materials, consumption and disposal.
  3. The disposal of plastics in more detail: plastic waste, recycling problems, incineration and landfill.
  4. The different types of degradable plastics: -photodegradable, biodegradable and chemical degradable plastics.
  5. PVC – its manufacture, uses, fire hazard, additives and chemistry.

The book also includes questions and discussion points and teachers notes and is widely illustrated throughout.

You can see a full list of the topics and some sample pages at

Publisher’s reference: T1667EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 694 7


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £15.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £15.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £22.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1667EMN


Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it…

We have never lived through a time where young people are so disenfranchised.

Currently 1 in 4 young people cannot find work, and a greater number than ever report feeling powerless to influence change. We therefore have a responsibility to prepare children for life after school – to ensure that they are able to seize opportunities, and even create their own, rather than simply conform.

Our aim as educators should be to create a learning environment rich in context, value and purpose where children learn for the now, not just for future exams.

The world’s best education systems are competency, not content, driven. The competencies essential for young people to thrive in the modern world include: focus, preparedness, conviction, perseverance, creativity, curiosity, resilience, risk taking, independence and, most importantly, a sense of purpose.

A teaching resource has just been launched which helps young people develop each of these competencies whilst raising aspirations and personal value.

Career Detectives, a holistic resource centred around a board game, provides stimulating information about careers across all sectors within the context of a range of creative activities focused on these essential competencies.

One of the leading advocates of this pioneering education philosophy is Richard Gerver who received the “School Head Teacher of the Year Award” in 2005 for leading a school on the brink of closure to becoming one of the most innovative in the world. Richard is a passionate supporter of Career Detectives and offered this endorsement:

“It has never been more important that our children understand the relevance of education for the development and realisation of their aspirations and ultimately their futures. Too many young people struggle to understand what their interests and strengths can lead to in adult life. Career Detectives in an innovative, fun and powerful tool that connects life and learning brilliantly!”

Career Detectives is a resource for the innovative and forward thinking educator. Yes, the resource helps schools evidence a number of Ofsted outcomes. Yes, it enhances the core curriculum and therefore aids attainment.

But even more, the use of Career Detectives is a significant step in primary schools helping children understand who they are, their purpose at school, and the value they can offer their community and the wider world.

Career Detectives helps create a learning environment rich in context, value and purpose for all children, not just those who are academically gifted.

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