If we are to influence the next generation of scientists and engineers it is vital to give their teachers the best possible opportunities to experience these subjects in real life. Science and engineering are at the heart of everything we do and polymeric materials have played a huge role in shaping our society; sadly, thisis not always presented in the most postive way. The Polymer Study Tours allow us to redress this balance and present a more positive view of polymers whilst addressing the key issues around their impact on the environment.

Providing practicing and trainee teachers with high quality training is hugely important, but expensive. During the two days of a Polymer Study Tours teachers will cover all of the polymer-related concepts contained within the secondary school curriculum for Design and Technology. We will boost their subject knowledge, provide engaging activities for their students and give a insight in to the polymer industry in practice in order to increase their confidence, knowledge, and enthusiasm for teaching these topics.

The courses cost around £650 per delegate to run but they must be free of charge to the teachers, as in times of decreasing school budgets and increased pressure on teachers' time it would simply be impossible for staff to be released from school and pay such a high fee.  Part of the package offered to teachers is a contribution of up to £250  towards their travel costs and the cost of replacement staff to cover their lessons.  We hold the courses partly at the weekend to minimise teachers' time out of school.


We rely heavily on the support of companies working within all aspects of the polymer sector to sponsor the Tours and cover the cost to teachers. Previous sponsors have spoken very highly of the courses and benefits they have reaped from their involvement. These are just a few comments from our current sponsors...