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ScottishPower Foundation 2020 Education, Training & Research Projects

Education, Training and Research Projects

Bangor University (Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales partnership)

Bright Sparks

The aim of Bright Sparks is to excite and inspire KS2 pupils in schools across North and Mid Wales, with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Pupils believe that they are having a science workshop, however the workshop is suddenly interrupted by Professor Sparky and her nephew Eric who burst into the classroom.

Professor Sparky explains that Eric desperately wants to become a Professor, but has failed his exams. They have come to the school to ask the pupils to help Eric in his final attempt to become a Professor. This scenario creates synergy between the young people and the characters.

The pupils are set a number of tasks by the Professor which they need to complete in preparation for the follow-up session. In order for the pupils to help Eric, the pupils translate the information into a mini drama sketch and perform what they have researched to Eric. Eric sits his exam in front of the pupils and this creates an electric atmosphere.

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The Literacy Pirates 

Haringey Pirates: a new way to improve literacy, confidence and perseverance for children in Tottenham, London 

This project will work with children who are falling behind in school and have fewer opportunities, so they can achieve at school and beyond. Working in a fantastical space to inspire a love of learning, the young people’s literacy, confidence and perseverance will be developed so that they can achieve well and improve their aspirations.

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Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland  

Moving On Up  

SBH Scotland's 'Moving On Up' project aims to provide support, advice and advocacy to children aged 0-18 with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their parents. The main areas of support they deliver include

  1. Mental health support: Providing intensive one-to-one support to young people.
  2. Advocacy: Working closely with the parents and school to put together a child support plan, which will include their education support requirements, mobility needs and medical needs.
  3. Signposting: Putting parents in touch with other services, including their financial support service, which can help purchase equipment and aids.
  4. Liaising with healthcare departments: They have the knowledge and experience to ask difficult questions. 

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