At the end of the last ‘Target: Mars’ summer school for upper KS2 students this year, I was approached by the mother of one of the participating pupils. She was eager to express how closely the skill sets listed on the certificates awarded to students matched those her company looked for during candidate selection – and how valuable those skills really are in the workplace.
She was talking to me in a personal capacity but was from one of the giant science-led pharmaceutical companies based in London.
Our corporate division reports that the majority of employers are looking for a certain set of skills in prospective candidates – including critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and the ability to meet deadlines when under pressure. The earlier we start to develop these skill sets the more beneficial it is. It helps children during their education and helps to broaden their career options.
The approach used by Thinkers in Education has proven to increase engagement, raise aspirations, deepen learning, and build the ever so important thinking and social skills.
These school workshops are focussed around STEM subjects and are available throughout the year. They enable pupils to get their hands on science activities that support the curriculum but go beyond the scope of KS2 – which helps to ignite and fuel curiosity in STEM subjects.
Your pupils can use a wide range of equipment, from DNA fingerprinting to advanced electronics, and be taught by one of our STEM specialist teams – who are all highly experienced teachers too.
As a primary school you can choose to host half-day sessions or host a workshop during one of our UK tour routes. Both options significantly reduce the cost. It is also possible to host a student workshop followed by a staff team building session (as delivered to our corporate clients). Plus, there are free activities that your teachers can use in their own lessons.
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If you would like to discuss any of these options, we would be delighted to talk with you.