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Thames Water Community Speaker Programme

Students can find out more about where your water comes from and what happens to your poo when you flush the loo!

Thames Water Community Speaker Programme

Our Thames Water speaker programme offers you the opportunity to book a school visit with a Thames Water speaker who can talk to your students about what Thames Water do and how.

The sessions involve a variety of hands-on and interactive resources to use as part of their presentation. The talks work in both assemblies and small classrooms. Students will learn about the essential service Thames Water provides, where your water comes from and what happens to your poo when you flush the loo!

Sessions cover:

  • the water cycle
  • water and waste water treatment
  • saving water at home and at school
  • our campaign to end sewer abuse 'Bin it, don't block it'
  • information on careers at Thames Water including engineering.

Capacity

Minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 250 participants.

Dates and Location

Speakers can visit schools across the Thames Water catchment area, from Gloucestershire in the West to Kent in the East.

Duration

Sessions can be half an hour whole school assemblies or lesson long classroom-based sessions. Speakers can deliver more than one engagement if required to different year groups.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy/Environment
    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Personal guidance

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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