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DUGSS news

March 2012

The project has now ended. The materials developed will be included on on the SITP website. We have delivered the following sessions:

Date

School

Site

Student numbers

Level

Subject

30 January

Eltham Hill

Sutcliffe Park

25 & 26

KS3

science

1 March

Plashet School

Plashet Park

29 & 30

KS3

science

2 March

Plashet School

Plashet Park

27 & 30

KS3

science

27 March

Rokeby School

Star Park

23

KS3

science

29 March

Plashet School

Plashet Park

27 & 30

KS3

science

30 March

Plashet School

Plashet Park

28 & 30

KS3

science

December 2011

We now have six schools registered with the project, across four of the five boroughs. Following school recruitment the work done on this has been used to identify and locate appropriate sites. These have been risk assessed and teaching materials are being developed.

We have deliverd the following sessions:

Date

School

Site

Student numbers

Level

Subject

2 November

St Pauls Way Trust

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

15 & 14

KS4 & BTEC

science

14 November

Eltham Hill

Sutcliffe Park

29

KS3

science

15 November

Heathcote School

Epping Forest

28 & 30 & 29

KS3 & KS4

PE

28 November

Eltham Hill

Sutcliffe Park

25 & 26

KS3

science

On 3rd October we received notification the project was successful in gaining the Inspire Mark.

DUGSS Inspire

September 2011

With schools back after the summer break, early September was an opportunity to again focus on recruitment of schools to the project and setting some delivery dates. The project will feature in the FSC Autumn magazine.

On 16th September we received notification the project is now part of the Mayors 2012 Education Legacy Programme.

June 2011

All 82 schools identified in the host boroughs were contacted by email and phone to promote the project. We now have four schools involved;

  • St Pauls Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets
  • John Roan School, Greenwich
  • Norlington School for Boys, Waltham Forest
  • Heathcoat Secondary, Waltham Forest

Web sites that offer learning opportunities for schools have been identified and evaluated. Content and structure have been investigated in order to assist with the development of the DUGSS site. Discussions have taken place with the schools that have already shown an interest in the project, to identify the type of activities and subjects they may be interested in undertaking.

March 2011

It has been a busy 3 months since starting the project. 82 schools and 55 possible teaching sites have been identified across the 5 host boroughs, these have been plotted on a web based map. Using the previous projects (London Outdoor Science, London Challenge, EcoChallenge, Schools in the Park) we have been able to identify where some links already exist between FSC, the schools and the teaching sites. The teachign sites have been identified using information provided by Natural England on Local Nature Reserves and other greenspaces and also through Local Authorities.

The project has been promoted all 82 schools, and also to existing contacts in schools via email, and at a joint RGS / FSC SITP workshop (15th Feb 2011).

A development workshop was held at Mile End Ecology Park on 17th Feb 2011. The 16 attendees included science teachers, local authority parks officers, and environmental educators. Ideas for out of classroom learning were developed and 3 draft programmes created, using Mile End Ecology Park and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park as inspiration. Details of specific teaching sites in Host Boroughs were gathered.

An application has been submitted to the Mayors 2012 Education Programme. “The programme is aimed at organisations working outside the formal education system. It focuses on the wider educational benefits that can be achieved for young and old alike through 2012 related activities across London."