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Pupils from the Cotswold Partnership are Wonderstruck!

Published: 12 December 2022

The Ogden Cotswold Partnership launched this academic year and is being led by Crystal Lewis at The Cotswold School. Crystal, science teacher at the secondary school, will be working with four local primary schools to help upskill teachers and enthuse young learners. Teacher CPD, STEM clubs and family STEM fairs are being planned for the partnership, and they have already ended their first partnership term with a ‘bang’. Crystal explains more.

“Our partnership is heading into the Christmas holidays following a highly charged, explosive rocket show by Wonderstruck Science. Our Year 9 students watched in awe as the science of forces was demonstrated to them before their eyes – it was a great introduction to their energy and forces GCSE topic, which will be starting in the New Year.

Over 155 Year 5 and 6 pupils from our four local partnership primary schools were also able to witness this fantastic science show. Highlights have to be a CO2 rocket powered car, expertly piloted by a Stow primary pupil, and a human jet pack ignited by our very own Mr Ockleston [Cotswold School]. Mr Morgan [Cotswold School] also swung into action, smashing a sledgehammer on to a concrete block which was on top of the presenter lying on a bed of nails!”

Stidents, seated in a hall, look towards stage where a man presents a science demonstration

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.

Students seated, look towards stage where a man presents a science experiment - there appears to be smoke and lots of equipment. The main is wearing a protective face shield


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