Events and Opportunities

As schools begin to get back to a normal delivery, the Schools Engagement Team are looking forward to providing a programme of activities both on our Waterside Campus and virtually. Please check each activity for further details.

    • Open to: Primary schools in Northamptonshire.
    • Date: ongoing throughout the academic year leading up to a celebration event in the summer
    • Year groups: Key Stage 2
    • Location: in your school/community

    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 by the University through a programme of virtual and face-to-face workshops/meetings, introducing the ethos of Changemaking to inspire your children to get involved. Your self-nominated Changemaker Team of around 8-10 students will work with us to explore projects to take forward.

    We will also be on hand to support the project that your children decide they would like to pursue, either at your school or by using a virtual platform. It is essential that there is support from of a member of your school staff.
    The Changemaker Student Award should be achievable during a school year and have a real impact on your school community and the personal development of the children involved.  Your Changemaker Team will be invited to join us for a summer celebration event.

    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 charity campaigns.

    To become part of our Changemaker community email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk.

    Download our Changemaker Student Award brochure for more information about the award and how it can support your children.

    Is transport free for this activity?

    Support may be available if travelling to UON for a celebration event. Please enquire.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    This event needs parent/carer consent forms to be completed – please visit our consent form page to read about our consent form policy.

    • Open to: All Northants schools and home-educators
    • Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022
    • Year Group: Year 6 to Year 13
    • Location: Waterside Campus, University of Northampton

    Join us for STEAM Northants

    Confirmed attendees

    Medical Mavericks – Silverstone Museum – Creature Ark – Rare Gaming Studio – Royal Air Force – Mercedes – Sarah Cosgriff – City Fibre – Moulton College – Horiba – LemonPop – Anglian Water – Unilever – Kier Highways – Immersive Experience 3D domes… and many more!

    Following on from the success of our virtual event last year, we are delighted to be back on campus for our summer 2022 event.

    Join us for presentations, workshops, shows and hands-on activities that will inform, inspire, excite and encourage young people to explore the amazing world of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

    Meet University experts, explore science with real scientists and discover what studying at University is like through discussions with our own students.

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

    Register your interest

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

    Is there a transport bursary this year?

    A bursary of £250 is available towards the transport costs for Northamptonshire schools attending this event. This is available for a limited time. See our transport policy for more information.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    This event needs parent/carer consent forms to be completed – please read about this in our consent form policy.

  • Face-to-face University Experience Day

    • Open to: All widening participation and Aspire Higher Primary and Secondary Schools in Northamptonshire.
    • Dates available: FULLY BOOKED FOR 2022. Usually on offer February, June and July
    • Duration: 9.30am – 2.30pm (with breaks)
    • Year groups: Years 6 – 9
    • Location: Waterside Campus, Northampton

    Your visit to the University will include a tour of our campus with current university students, a chance to participate in university subject workshops and a chance to work with university students to find out what it is like to study at university and dispel the myths surrounding who can go to university.

    There will the opportunity to take part in real subject based workshops and find out about the links they have to careers and jobs.

    Helping you to meet Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 4 & 7

    Is transport free for this activity?

    A bursary of £250 is available towards the cost of transport.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    This event needs parent/carer consent forms to be completed – please read about this in our consent form policy.

    Virtual University Experience Day and Workshops

    We offer several virtual higher education (HE) and university experience workshops throughout the year.  These are fully booked for 2021-2022, though there is the possibility of bespoke workshops for target widening participation and Aspire Higher schools.

    For further support in setting up a virtual ‘Introduction to higher education’ workshop, please contact the team on schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    Primary Virtual Experiences and Resources

    See the webpage Your Future Your Choice, for our virtual opportunities and resources for Y6 children.  This page includes virtual workshops, lesson plans, an animation and downloadable booklet to support teachers in running and planning workshops around future choices.

    In November 2021, we offered two-hour virtual HE workshops as part of our ‘The Future Is You’ series of events for Y6 students.  The workshops include an introduction to further and higher education, overview of progression routes, Q and A with university students and a virtual campus tour.

    For further support in setting up a virtual University experience workshop, please contact the team on schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk.

    Primary Futures

    Primary Futures logo

    Primary Futures is virtual collaborative event for Y5 and Y6 students, offering an insight into the different progression routes and courses in further education, university study, the subjects you can study, who goes to university and workshops getting to know current university students. The event is delivered by the University of Northampton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  In 2021, workshops included ‘Discover University’, ‘Discover Student Life’, Discover your subject (English, Astronomy, Podiatry, Fashion, Photography and Dental Nursing)’ and ‘Discover your campus’.

    Primary Futures is taking place on 7 and 8 June 2022. For enquiries, please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk.

    For further information, view the Primary Futures pages on our Aspire Higher website.

    • Open to: All Northamptonshire Secondary 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 Y12 and Y13 students to be your Debating Champions; to upskill themselves and then to train and develop the skills of KS3 debaters in your school.

    The programme can be delivered over 6 x one 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.  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.

    Schools must have a designated member of staff to drive this forward and encourage the learning of your Debating Champions.

    For a limited time, Noisy Classrooms is available can offer a virtual workshop with your Champions to offer constructive feedback on their debating skills and support in setting up your school club.

    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 Champions 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 meets Gatsby Benchmark 3.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    We may require some form of parent/carer consent form to be completed – please read about this in our consent form policy.  We will discuss this with you as some of our partner schools have a data sharing agreement with the University.

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    For 2021-2022, the UNI CLUB has gone virtual – with online e-learning modules for Y9’s to access independently or in schools.  We are not currently running our face-to-face UNI CLUB modules, and hope to be able to offer these in 2023.

    The UNI CLUB is a programme of learning to extend and enrich the learning of Y9’s. It works well as an extension activity for more able learners and as an introduction to research and essay writing.

    The virtual UNI CLUB is a series of 7 different modules – all last one hour, with tasks. Each module is split into four 15-minute lessons, with learning tasks to complete.

    The following topics are available:

    • An Introduction to Anatomy in Sport and Exercise
    • Black History is Northamptonshire’s History
    • Climate Change in Fiction: Creative Ways of Approaching the Climate Crisis
    • History Is All Around: Introduction to Local History
    • Mental Health and Mindfulness
    • Monsters on the Bookshelf – Gothic Literature
    • Politics in the Past and Present

    All Modules are password protected and hosted by our partners, Aspire Higher.  If you would like to view a module before committing to the UNI CLUB, please contact the team on schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk.

    The UNI CLUB fits under Gatsby Benchmarks 2,3,4 and 7.

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    We may require some form of parent/carer consent form to be completed – please read about this in our consent form policy.  We will discuss this with you as some of our partner schools have a data sharing agreement with the University.

    • Open to: All widening participation and Aspire Higher Secondary Schools in Northamptonshire
    • Dates available: All year
    • Year groups:  Years 7 – 9
    • Location: in schools
    • Timings: 50 min workshops

    Our Careers Card workshop is a fun way to introduce jobs, careers and an introduction to the LMI data for the East Midlands.  The Careers Cards can be used as a set of careers ‘Top Trumps’, for fun, engaging workshops and to enthuse learners to understand more about different job titles, salary, working hours and experience required.

    The Careers Card workshops can be delivered in schools by our team, or on request, we are able to provide the resources and lesson plans for schools to facilitate this themselves in-house.

    Please contact the team to discuss this further schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk

    Careers Cards fit under Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 2 and 4.

    Download examples of top trumps cards

    Are consent forms needed for this activity?

    We may require some form of parent/carer consent form to be completed – please read about this in our consent form policy.  We will discuss this with you as some of our partner schools have a data sharing agreement with the University.

    • Open to: All Schools
    • Date: Throughout Academic Year
    • Year Groups: Years 10 – 13
    • Location: in your school or delivered virtually
    • Contact: schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

    The UON Schools Liaison sit within the University’s Marketing an Recruitment team. They offer a range of online workshops, virtual guest lectures, taster days on campus, talks on the University of Northampton , UCAS and Student Finance, and have a series of virtual and F2F events for students from schools in Northamptonshire and beyond.

    See the full range of activities on offer from the Schools Liaison team for all schools, Y10, Y11, 12 and Y13 students.

    You can register your interest on their webpages, they can be contacted on schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk.

  • IDEK logo

    #IDEK Theatre Company are a physical theatre company, based at the University of Northampton, founded in 2017, who strive to be relatable to each of their audience members. Their work is a culmination of real-life stories and lived experiences told in the backdrop of real-world, high-energy shows designed to be both thought provoking and relevant to students in schools at crucial stages in their education.

    The #IDEK cast offer two different performances to schools.

    I Don’t Even Know – Y9 & Y8

    The show will be touring in the summer of 2022. This show first toured to schools across Northamptonshire in 2017 and was so popular it has been re-booked again and again. I Don’t Even Know is a 45-minute-high energy physical theatre show created for students in years 8 and 9 who are beginning to make choices for their GCSE / BTEC Studies at key stage 4. The story follows six nameless characters as they navigate the process of narrowing down their options and making their choices. IDEK theatre company have collaborated with schools in Northamptonshire to re-work the show to reflect the ‘lived experience’ of students during the Covid-19 pandemic and to explore how the experience and implications of being locked down has shaped both their choices and future ambitions.

    Tomorrow – Y11/12/13

    This show first toured to schools across Northamptonshire in 2018 and was so popular it has been re-booked again and again. Tomorrow is a 45-minute-high energy physical theatre show created for students in years 11 ,12 and 13 who are beginning the UCAS process as they move towards higher education. The story follows six nameless characters as they navigate the process of narrowing down their options and making their choices. IDEK Theatre Company have collaborated with schools in Northamptonshire to re-work the show to reflect the ‘lived experience’ of students during the Covid-19 pandemic and to explore how the experience and implications of being locked down has shaped both their choices and future ambitions.

    Follow the #IDEK team on Instagram: @idektheatre_ and Twitter: @IDEKtheatre

  • UON Library and Learning Services Consultancy Opportunities

    • Open to: All schools (primary and secondary)
    • Date: In liaison with the Library Learning Services Team
    • Location: In your school, online or at the University

    The Library Team are offering free opportunities for schools to work with them on creating, maintaining and improving school libraries; from organisation to tailored CPD for the staff and students involved. 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.

    Need help setting up or revamping the library in your primary/secondary school? Contact libraryhelp@northampton.ac.uk and the professionally qualified staff of Library and Learning Services will be happy to share guidance and advice.

  • Although it may seem like a long way off, it’s important to start thinking about the decisions you need to make now so that you can make your hopes and ambitions for the future as real as possible.

    We have put together a series of resources and advice for students looking to make their next step after secondary education.

  • Our faculty subject leaders are keen to link and work with year 9, KS4 and KS5 cohorts in WP and NCOP schools, to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider higher education as an educational pathway.

    Please be aware that each subject lead will have a capacity of schools they can work with and your request may not be achievable for them within the academic year

    What we can offer

    • Bespoke in-school or University based HE/level 4 workshops
    • Sharing resources and resource signposting
    • Information on transition to UON
    • Careers pathways post-graduation

    What we can’t offer

    • Multiple taught sessions within your school
    • Advice on curriculum content

    Please click the following link to download a list of Guest Lectures we have available by course for year 12 and 13 cohorts this academic year, whether you are a target school or not. If you would like more information about any of the Guest Lectures, please contact schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk.

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