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The TKAT Ogden Partnership - making physics matter.

Published: 10 January 2023

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) joined the Ogden Partnership programme as an established collaboration in September 2022. The TKAT science primary and secondary teams are now working together on an exciting programme of physics initiatives, including support for primary science with super practical physics experiences, secondary technicians CPD and the launch of a fantastic competition focused on the promotion of diversity in science.

The Diversity in Science competition was held last term and had over 100 individual entries from 13 schools across the Trust.

“Whilst the work on these ground-breaking scientists wowed the judges, the aim of the competition was to inspire the next generations into finding their place in the world of science whether it be looking into space travel, developing drug therapies to reduce the impact of communicable diseases, or supporting conservation and maintaining the world’s unique habitats,” explains TKAT Director of Opportunity, David Churchill.

Emma Stow, Science Leader and Year 3 teacher at Northdown Primary School, summed it up perfectly: “The children had fun finding out about different scientists and began to make connections between themselves and the scientist. We had children, saying things such as ‘I am from Poland too, maybe I will be a scientist’ – and ‘Mary Anning makes me proud to be a girl’.”

A collage of photos showing a selection of work from the diversity in science competition

Tangmere Academy brought all their year groups together for the competition. They produced a collection of work and took some of the scientists’ research into their own ‘labs’ in school. Other projects featured inspirational tech entrepreneurs, family members and world renowned scientists.

Teach entrepreneur, Jewel Burks Solomon
Mia Murphy from Gray’s Farm researched the work of Jewel and displayed her findings in a superb poster.

Marie Curie
Natasha Pagurschi from East Wickham Primary Academy produced an amazing diary for Marie Curie complete with lab photos.

A geochemistry research technician
Maddie Phillips from Royal Park Primary Academy interviewed her auntie who is a Geochemistry Research Technician at the University of Southampton.

Rosalind Franklin
Nirvarikaa Suresh from Hylands School researched the work of Rosalind Franklin.

School Partnerships

Applications for new partnerships starting in 2023 are open now.

A local cluster partnership (a group of four or more schools within a local area) can apply for up to £2,500 per academic year for the first three years and up to £1,000 in the fourth year for partnership activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. A further grant of up to £250 is available as partnerships move into their legacy phase. In the first year, partnership co-ordinators are awarded a time buy-out giving them half a day a week to build relationships across the cluster and establish the partnership.

An established collaboration partnership (a group of four or more schools associated through a multi-academy trust (MAT), MAC, federation, educational trust, etc) can apply for up to £2,000 per academic year for the first three years and £1,000 in the fourth year for activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. The partnership lead is eligible for up to two years of time buy-out to support the partnership.

Partnerships receive support from Ogden regional representatives and teachers at all partnership schools can access Ogden CPD from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3.

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