Amazon announce new virtual class tour dates after reaching over 20,000 students in their first year

Following last year’s hugely successful series of free Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours, Amazon has announced new tour dates aimed to educate students on the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. The tours are part of Amazon Future Engineer, a purpose-led childhood-to-career programme built to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science.

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, attended by over 20,000 students in 2021, are available to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, and are an engaging way to demonstrate the future world of work. Additionally, the free tours enable teachers to immerse their class in real-world learning without having to leave the classroom with the school trip style Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours from Amazon. 

 

On the tours, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering and Amazon’s incredible employees all play a critical part in delivering customer orders every day. The tours provide a snapshot into the inner workings of Amazon Fulfilment Centres and cover key engineering concepts that demonstrate what a career in STEM could look like for them. Students are also exposed to fun facts about how packages get from the delivery room to their doorstep. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with an Amazon employee. 

 

So that teachers can continue to embed this learning, they can also download a free resource-based toolkit which can be incorporated into any classroom activity before or after the virtual tour. It enables teachers to engage their students using interactive curriculum-linked slides, worksheets and videos, covering all the key concepts for your class, from learning outcomes to core computer science vocabulary.

 

Schools can book a Virtual Fulfilment Centre tour for free by visiting: www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon Future Engineer and the Virtual Fulfilment Centre school tours were established in response to research commissioned by Amazon in 2019 on the growing importance of STEM. The report found that the UK risks losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year due to a potential skill shortage. To meet annual labour demands, the country needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates. 

 

Teacher advocacy

 

Dennis Stansbury Alexa UK Country Manager, said: “Our Amazon Future Engineer programme has been specially designed to inspire future generations – especially those from all backgrounds – about a truly fulfilling career in STEM. We launched our Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours just 12 months ago to great success. We have now launched a new programme for 2022. New dates are announced mid-month, every month. Schools, please do consider signing up for one of our free tours. Together, we can make a difference.” 

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours are a great pre-summer break activity that allows teachers to provide students with a real world fun, engaging and relevant learning experience. Sign up today and book a tour for you and your class to get them excited about what a career in STEM looks like. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon announce new virtual class tour dates after reaching over 20,000 students in their first year

Following last year’s hugely successful series of free Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours, Amazon has announced new tour dates aimed to educate students on the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. The tours are part of Amazon Future Engineer, a purpose-led childhood-to-career programme built to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science.

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre Tours, attended by over 20,000 students in 2021, are available to all primary and secondary schools across the UK, and are an engaging way to demonstrate the future world of work. Additionally, the free tours enable teachers to immerse their class in real-world learning without having to leave the classroom with the school trip style Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours from Amazon. 

 

On the tours, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering and Amazon’s incredible employees all play a critical part in delivering customer orders every day. The tours provide a snapshot into the inner workings of Amazon Fulfilment Centres and cover key engineering concepts that demonstrate what a career in STEM could look like for them. Students are also exposed to fun facts about how packages get from the delivery room to their doorstep. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with an Amazon employee. 

 

So that teachers can continue to embed this learning, they can also download a free resource-based toolkit which can be incorporated into any classroom activity before or after the virtual tour. It enables teachers to engage their students using interactive curriculum-linked slides, worksheets and videos, covering all the key concepts for your class, from learning outcomes to core computer science vocabulary.

 

Schools can book a Virtual Fulfilment Centre tour for free by visiting: www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

 

Amazon Future Engineer and the Virtual Fulfilment Centre school tours were established in response to research commissioned by Amazon in 2019 on the growing importance of STEM. The report found that the UK risks losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year due to a potential skill shortage. To meet annual labour demands, the country needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates. 

 

Teacher advocacy

 

Dennis Stansbury Alexa UK Country Manager, said: “Our Amazon Future Engineer programme has been specially designed to inspire future generations – especially those from all backgrounds – about a truly fulfilling career in STEM. We launched our Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours just 12 months ago to great success. We have now launched a new programme for 2022. New dates are announced mid-month, every month. Schools, please do consider signing up for one of our free tours. Together, we can make a difference.” 

 

The Virtual Fulfilment Centre tours are a great pre-summer break activity that allows teachers to provide students with a real world fun, engaging and relevant learning experience. Sign up today and book a tour for you and your class to get them excited about what a career in STEM looks like. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk

Ofsted praises East Hunsbury Primary School as it continues to be a Good school following inspection

East Hunsbury Primary School, part of Northampton Primary Academy Trust, continues to be a Good school – that is the verdict of Ofsted following a visit by their inspector in April, and publication of their report on the school last month.

 

The 429-pupil school, which includes a 47-placed specialist unit for children with significant learning difficulties, was originally judged to be Good in July 2013 and this most recent inspection is the first since the school converted to become an academy in November 2017.

 

The purpose of the visit, known as a section 8 inspection, was to confirm that the school remains Good – any evidence that the school should receive a higher or lower grade would have seen it referred to a full section 5 inspection.

 

Positive comments in the Ofsted report, which can be viewed in full here, include:

 

  • Pupils enjoy attending this welcoming and inclusive school. There is a strong sense of community. Pupils follow the school’s ethos of being ‘respectful, ready and safe’.
  • Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils live up to these expectations.
  • Pupils enjoy all the opportunities the school offers them, including forest school, and after-school clubs. Pupils readily take on extra responsibilities, such as being reading ambassadors. They feel proud of the contributions they make to school life.
  • Teachers encourage pupils to be aspirational and to think about how they can make a difference in their community. This helps pupils become responsible, caring citizens.
  • Parents and carers are positive about the work of the school. They appreciate the caring environment in which their children learn.
  • Leaders are passionate about providing the best learning experiences for children. They have ensured the curriculum is broad and ambitious.
  • Governors and leaders of Northampton Primary Academy Trust make a positive contribution. They know the school well and offer effective challenge and support. They work effectively with leaders to ensure that the school continues to improve.
  • Staff are positive about the support they receive from leaders. They appreciate the consideration given to their workload and well-being. Staff say they are ‘one big family’.
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are well trained and receive regular updates. Staff know each pupil well. This means that they can quickly spot concern.

 

Over the course of two days the inspector met with Headteacher Kathryn Pennington, senior leaders and a range of staff, as well as members of the governing body and representatives of Northampton Primary Academy Trust. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school was also observed, and parent/carer responses to Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, analysed.

 

“This incredibly positive, and indeed glowing, report is testament to every single member of our staff and our children,” said Kathryn, who started her new role just one day before the Ofsted inspection. “The inspector has had the opportunity to witness first-hand our mission to be a community-driven school that delivers an ambitious, inclusive and enabling curriculum in which all children achieve exceptionally high standards from their given starting points.

 

“There are really specific examples in the report about how we help children succeed across a range of subjects, including our approach to curriculum from the early years to Year 6 and devising lessons that build on pupils’ prior learning, how the curriculum effectively supports their personal development, and our commitment to putting reading at the heart of the  curriculum. The parent comment highlighted in the report about how teachers go above and beyond for the children here is just wonderful.

 

“We are also thrilled with the recognition of how pupils with SEND are fully included in all aspects of school life, how staff in our specialist unit are expert practitioners and provide tailored support to make sure all pupils with SEND achieve well, and how pupils in our specialist unit are able to succeed. We are one school, mainstream primary and specialist unit aligned, where children all learn from each other and a community where diversity is embraced and celebrate. As the report says we are ‘one big family’, and we will now move the school forward under our ‘Be kind, work hard, believe’ motto.”

 

Louise Whaites, Chair of Governors at East Hunsbury Primary School, said: “I am delighted with this report and the insight that it provides on our amazing school. The comments about the children are particularly heart-warming: how they behave well, work hard, have positive attitudes and feel safe, and embrace both the opportunities of school life and also make a contribution to the local area as ‘community champions’. As well as the school staff, I would like to thank my fellow governors whose own positive contribution, effective challenge and rigorous support is also acknowledged by Ofsted.”

 

Julia Kedwards, CEO of Northampton Primary Academy Trust, said: “We are extremely proud of the educational provision at East Hunsbury Primary School and pleased that this has been commended by Ofsted. This report recognises the excellent leadership, teaching, learning and curriculum, and the hard work and commitment of the wonderful staff who work there.”

 

Reception places at East Hunsbury Primary School are still available for September 2022. For more information, please contact the school office on 01604 677970 or office@easthunsburyprimary.org.

 

Fourth ‘JUST ONE TREE DAY’ confirmed for October 2022

 

On Friday 14 October (England) and Friday 30 September (Scotland), hundreds of schools will again take part in ‘JUST ONE Tree Day’ – an international non-uniform day where children are encouraged to bring in £1 to plant a tree and help reforest the planet.

Organised by JUST ONE Tree – a British non-profit dedicated to removing CO2 from the atmosphere through global reforestation – the fundraising day has been established to show children and young people how individual actions can make a difference against the climate and biodiversity crises. For every £1 raised, a tree is planted.

The event is open to both primary and secondary schools, who can sign up here. Those taking part can access free lesson resources that fit in with the national curriculum – as part of their fundraising activities, children learn about photosynthesis, the benefits of trees for both people and wildlife and the vital role they play in reducing the impacts of climate change.

To date, over 500 schools and 200,000 pupils have taken part, raising money to fund tree planting in Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal and Zambia, via the organisation’s global network of planting partners.

JUST ONE Tree founder, Amanda Bronkhorst: “JUST ONE Tree Day was born out of my commitment to make a difference – not only for my young daughter, but for the future of all children.

“Climate anxiety is a very real issue with many of today’s youth hit by the reality of the climate crisis, but the message I want to convey is we can all make a difference, and one way of doing that is by involving our young people.”

About JUST ONE Tree Day

The day inspires, educates and empowers the next generations. It’s a fun and educational global event which unites children, parents and teachers around the world on a day to reforest the planet. It is the flagship event of JUST ONE Tree, a multi-award winning British not-for-profit dedicated to restoring life on land, in the oceans and shaping the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers. They plant their trees in countries close to the equator where they can have the greatest positive effect on limiting global warming and creating a greener world for us all.