For our North England & Scotland Programme Coordinator Jess Mitchell it has been a busy month of travelling up and down the East Coast train line kicking off the Big Ideas programme in schools from Yorkshire up to Scotland!
On November 13th we headed back to Dixons City Academy in Bradford, who have been with us for the past four years. Working with the support of newly-trained Tarmac mentors and a new lead teacher we engaged with their year 9 students. Not to give too much away but we saw some really creative new ideas coming up! Many of the students were deeply moved by the recent episodes of Blue Planet 2 leading to several ideas focused on tackling ocean pollution. It’s great to see the impact such programmes can have on young minds and our Tarmac mentors were really impressed by the level of detail students put into their ideas.
And this month, S4TP crossed the northern border, as we welcomed the first Scottish schools to the Big Ideas programme! November 22nd saw us head up to the SGN offices in Glasgow to train a new cohort of SGN and Tarmac mentors ready to support our Scottish schools.
We began the programme just a week later in Biggar High School (see first photo), working with their S3 students (Year 9 equivalent in England). The day was a huge success and saw several ideas to tackle agricultural waste and pollution being developed. For our mentors it was particularly special to be able to engage with students from their local community as our SGN and Tarmac team are all based locally. Due to the scope of ideas developed, mentors were all able to give specific advice to teams based on their own areas of expertise. S4TP were so proud to see this strong relationship developing between the school and our two business partners. We have another two Scottish schools piloting the programme this year and feel sure that similarly strong connections will be made in the coming months.