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Events and Opportunities

Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and our desire to continue to support schools, our events for the academic year 2020-2021 will be offered virtually where they can be.  Please check the individual pages for more details.

  • STEAM Northants 2021 (formerly Big Bang Northants)

    Open to: All county schools and colleges, home-educators, and community

    Date: Events and activities across 28 June – 2 July 2021 (tbc)

    Year Group: Recommended for age 10 upwards

    Location: University of Northampton.

    Join us for STEAM Northants
    For 2021 we will be staying with a virtual format but you will still be able to engage with real scientists, University staff, employers and students and get involved in interactive online activities, workshops and presentations that will inform, inspire, excite and encourage young people to explore the amazing world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM)

    Employers will provide information about careers, work experience, apprenticeships and degrees in their area of industry and host live Q&A sessions

    STEAM Northants is open to schools from year 6 through to post 16 students from Northamptonshire, home educators, the community, parents and youth groups.

    Helping you to meet Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 5,6,7

    More information to follow but if you would like to ask a question please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

     

    UON Library and Learning Services Consultancy Opportunities

    Open to: All WP schools only (primary and secondary)

    Date: In liaison with the Library Learning Services Team

    Location: In your school

    The Library Team are offering, following a very successful first year, FREE school opportunities to work with them on libraries; from organisation to tailored CPD for staff and students involved in the school library. Virtual learning environments, including advice on platforms, software and development, as well as academic skills development, including bespoke workshops. We are very happy to tailor our offerings to the needs of your individual school.

    Enquiries to: schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    Women into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths)

    Open to: All girls Year 6 – Year 11

    Date: Thursday 5 November 2020 – if you missed the event, please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk for the link to catch up

    Time: 6 hours content

    Location: Digital Event – Hosted by University of Northampton

    Join us for a full day of interactive online activities, workshops and presentations to inform, inspire, excite and encourage girls to explore the amazing world of all things science. Meet real scientists, visit workplaces and take part in discussions all from the comfort of your own classroom.

    For more information or to register your interest please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk.

  • Changemaker Award

    • Open to: The Changemaker Student Award is open to all primary schools in Northamptonshire, but we are particularly keen to work with WP target schools
    • Date: ongoing throughout the academic year
    • Year groups: Year 5 and Year 6
    • Location: in your school

    The Changemaker Student Award is designed for self-selecting children who would like to make positive change in their school and beyond. Fuelled by the University’s commitment to creating positive social change, the Changemaker Student Award supports children to become socially responsible and innovative.

    The Award will be delivered through a programme of virtual workshops delivered by the Schools Engagement Team and student Changemaker Ambassadors, who will introduce the ethos of Changemaking and inspire your children to get involved. Your self-nominated Changemaker Team of between 6 and 8 students from year 5 and 6 will work with the Changemaker Ambassador to explore projects to take forward.

    They are also on hand to support the project that your children decide they would like to pursue. With the support of a member of your school staff, the Changemaker Student Award can be achieved during a school year and have a real impact on your school community and the personal development of children involved.

    In previous years, there have been projects focussed on enhancing well-being in the school community, campaigning for recycling in the local area and supporting national charities.

    Become part of our Changemaker community by emailing schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.ukto register your interest or receive further information.

    Download our Changemaker Student Award brochure (PDF, 646KB) for more information about the award and how it can support your children.

    Is transport free for this activity?

    There are no transport requirements for this opportunity

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    This event needs consent forms to be completed – please click on the link to read about our consent form policy

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    Five Oral Health workshops for Primary Children

    • Open to: WP target primary schools
    • Date(s): We hope to provide face to face sessions soon but are looking to develop some virtual sessions (watch for more information in the school e-comms)
    • Session length: 90 mins
    • Year group(s): Year 6 (can include Year 5 if a mixed class)
    • Group size: 30 (1 class)
    • Location: In your school

    Our Dental Care Professional team and year 2 undergraduates are offering FIVE in-school sessions for key stage 2 children for five different schools

    This interactive session includes: Tooth anatomy, Oral health advise, Toothbrushing, dispelling myths about the dentist

    Resources:

    • A giveaway UON toothbrush
    • Goodie bag

    Please contact Brigette.Gouda@northampton.ac.uk to book your place.

    Is transport free for this activity?

    This event is in your school so there are no transport costs.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity? 

    Year 5, and 6 activities – These events need consent forms to be completed to comply with the need to report accurately to the Office for Students. Please click on the link to access our consent form and read our consent form policy link to consent and privacy page.

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    Year 6 HE Experience Days 2020-21

    Online sessions will be available to book in terms 4, 5 and 6 during 2021. Please watch out for more information in our e-comms. We hope to add face to face sessions in summer 2022.

    • Open to: WP Primary Schools
    • Date and time: to be arranged with each school during terms 4, 5 and 6
    • Duration: 2 hour sessions
    • Year group(s): Year 6
    • Location: virtual platform will be provided following booking

    During these uncertain times, we are pleased to be able to offer half day virtual experiences to year 6 children.

    The session will include ‘A Day in the Life of a Student’ tour of the campus, a Q&A discussion with Schools Engagement Student Ambassadors on what it is like to study at university, a short presentation on routes into further study, workshop from a subject area of your choice*, and links to careers.

    * there will be a list from which to choose but please be aware that all will be subject to the availability of our staff.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity? Yes

    This event needs consent forms to be completed – please see our consent form policy.

  • #IDEK assemblies will return in Autumn 2021

    • Open to: WP schools and NCOP schools
    • Year group: Year 9
    • Location: In your school

    The #IDEK performance inspires, stimulates and provokes year 9’s into considering the choices they make, in and out of the classroom. We will be offering #IDEK to schools in the Autumn term, FREE to schools in Northants! Last year saw an incredibly successful tour of 18 performances across the County with the year 9 ‘options’ show, called #IDEK (I don’t even know).

    Email link for booking: schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    Is transport free for this activity?

    Opportunity takes place in your school

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    No consent forms are not required; however, we do require the number of students attending the assembly as well as the number of students identified as WP target students. These numbers are available from your data manager from data provided by the LA.

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    Year 7, 8 and 9 HE Experiences Summer 2021

    Online sessions will be available to book in terms 4, 5 and 6 during 2021. Please watch out for more information in our e-comms.  We hope to add face to face sessions in summer 2022.

    • Open to: WP Target Secondary Schools
    • Date and time: to be arranged with each school during terms 4, 5 and 6
    • Duration: 2 hour sessions
    • Year group(s): Year 7,8,9
    • Location: virtual platform will be provided following booking

    During these uncertain times, we are pleased to be able to offer half day virtual experiences to year 6 children.  The session will include ‘A Day in the Life of a Student’ tour of the campus, a Q&A discussion with Schools Engagement Student Ambassadors on what it is like to study at university, a short presentation on routes into further study, workshop from a subject area of your choice*, and links to careers.

    * there will be a list from which to choose but please be aware that all will be subject to the availability of our staff.

    Helping you to meet Gatsby Benchmarks: 5,6,7

    Are consent forms needed for this activity? Yes

    This event needs consent forms to be completed – please see our consent form policy.

  • In School Assembly and Workshop Delivery

    • Open to: All Schools
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Group: Year 10 – 11
    • Location: in your school or delivered virtually

    We provide several interactive talks that can be delivered in your school throughout the year including:

    Student Talks

    • Budgeting
    • Guest Lectures*
    • How to Get the Most Out of an Open Day
    • Introduction to Higher Education – KS4
    • Student Life (delivered by current students)
    • Subject Specific Sessions*

    * Subject to request

    Parent’s Talks

    Tailored to your cohort but can include – An Introduction to Higher Education, UCAS Applications, and/or Finance and Budgeting presentations

    Email link for booking: schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    Consent forms are not needed for this opportunity as it is a KS4/5 opportunity covered by our privacy notice and signed Information Sharing Agreement

    We will need an excel spreadsheet with the appropriate student data after each assembly. This information needs to be sent to Michael.Maher@northampton.ac.uk  (Data Manager) – please refer to your ISA

  • In School Assembly and Workshop Delivery

    • Open to: All Schools
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Group: Year 12 – 13
    • Location: in your school or college, or delivered virtually

    We provide several interactive talks that can be delivered in your school or college throughout the year including:

    Student Talks

    • Applying through UCAS
    • Essay writing at University
    • Finance and Budgeting
    • Guest Lectures*
    • How to Get the Most Out of an Open Day
    • Interview Skills
    • Introduction to Higher Education – KS5
    • Personal Statements
    • Portfolio Guidance
    • Student Finance – Year 13 only
    • Student Life (delivered by current students)
    • Subject Specific Sessions*

    *Subject to request

    Parent’s Talks

    Tailored to your cohort but can include – An Introduction to Higher Education, UCAS Applications, and/or Finance and Budgeting presentations

    Email link for booking – schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    Consent forms are not needed for this opportunity as it is a KS4/5 opportunity covered by our privacy notice and signed Information Sharing Agreement

    We will need an excel spreadsheet with the appropriate student data after each assembly. This information needs to be sent to Michael.Maher@northampton.ac.uk  (Data Manager) – please refer to your ISA

    Debating Club – Train the Trainer for Young People

    • Open to: All widening participation and NCOP schools
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Group: Year 12 and 13
    • Location: in your school or virtually at home

    Noisy Classrooms, one of our learning partners, has developed a ‘train the trainer’ programme for yr 12 and 13 students to act as Debating Ambassadors in their schools, to train and develop the skills of younger debaters.

    The programme can be delivered over 4 x one hour workshops (or 2 x two hour workshops) with a member of school staff facilitating, or through independent learning virtually at home.  Students work through a series of activities and videos, learning about the process of debating and developing their own debating skills, to be able support younger learners.  Noisy Classrooms is available for extra support, via email.

    Once given access to the resources, the programme has been written so that schools can be flexible to run this in a way that suits them.

    Debating can be used across the curriculum:

    • Improving students’ ability to form arguments and to use reasoning and evidence
    • Allowing students to explore subject matter in depth and from different perspectives
    • Providing the ability to structure thoughts
    • Providing an engaging, active, pupil-centred activity which students enjoy
    • Hitting literacy and citizenship targets across the curriculum
    • Providing speaking and listening opportunities for EAL pupils
    • Giving stretch and challenge to G&T pupils
    • Increasing student’s confidence, self-esteem and articulacy

    A huge range of resources is available via the Noisy Classrooms website to support the development of oracy skills, confidence, communication skills, using persuasive language and debating skills.  The Debating Club training helps develop the confidence and skills of your post 16 students, as well as enabling older learners to become peer tutors for younger learners in the school.

    Once you have signed up to participate, you will have access to all training resources to be able to develop the package for your own school community. As part of the commitment to participate, we will be asking schools to help us evaluate the success of the programme and development of the skills of young people.

    Debating skills fit under Gatsby Benchmark 3.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    Consent forms are not needed for this opportunity as it is a KS4/5 opportunity covered by our privacy notice and signed Information Sharing Agreement

    We will need an excel spreadsheet with the appropriate student data after each assembly. This information needs to be sent to Michael.Maher@northampton.ac.uk  (Data Manager) – please refer to your ISA.

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    Key stages 4 & 5

    In School Assembly and Workshop Delivery

    • Open to: All Schools and Colleges
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Group: Year 10 – 13
    • Location: in your school or college, or delivered virtually

    We provide several interactive talks that can be delivered in your school throughout the year including:

    Student Talks

    • Applying through UCAS – years 12 – 13 only
    • Essay Writing at University – years 12 – 13 only
    • Finance and Budgeting
    • Guest Lectures*
    • How to Get the Most Out of an Open Day
    • Interview Skills – years 12 – 13 only
    • Introduction to Higher Education – tailored to KS4 or KS5
    • Personal Statements – years 12 – 13 only
    • Portfolio Guidance – years 12 – 13 only
    • Student Finance – year 13 only
    • Student Life (delivered by current students)
    • Subject Specific Sessions*

    *Subject to request

    Parent’s Talks

    Tailored to your cohort but can include – An Introduction to Higher Education, UCAS Applications and/or Finance and Budgeting presentations

    Email link for booking: schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    Consent forms are not needed for this opportunity as it is a KS4/5 opportunity covered by our privacy notice and signed Information Sharing Agreement

    We will need an excel spreadsheet with the appropriate student data after each assembly. This information needs to be sent to Michael.Maher@northampton.ac.uk  (Data Manager) – please refer to your ISA

    Leather Career Assembly – Creativity through Science

    • Open to: All Schools
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Group: Year 11 – 13
    • Location: In schools and can be provided virtually

    With 100% graduate employability for the past 7 years, our Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) are offering a 15-20 minute assembly presentation on career and scholarship opportunities within a global industry that spans across Science, Technology, Art, Fashion & Engineering.

    See the video tour of our ICLT.

    Email link for booking: Rachel.Garwood@northampton.ac.uk

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    Consent forms are not needed for this opportunity as it is a KS4/5 opportunity covered by our privacy notice and signed Information Sharing Agreement

    We will need an excel spreadsheet with the appropriate student data after each assembly. This information needs to be sent to Michael.Maher@northampton.ac.uk  (Data Manager) – please refer to your ISA

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