** COVID-19 UPDATE: Sadly we have taken the decision to cancel the Polymer Study Tours this year. However, we are looking forward to coming back bigger and better in 2021. Please watch this space for more infomration as the new dates will be launched in the autumn. **
The Polymer Study Tours have been designed to improve your subject knowledge, provide suggestions for practical activities and give you first hand experience of the polymer industry in action. They are a careful blend of lectures, practical sessions using readily available resources to demonstrate key polymer-related concepts, industry tours, and discussion opportunities based on detailed information sent out beforehand, and they are open to practicing and trainee teachers from all regions of the UK. The residential aspect provides the ideal opportunity to network with other like-minded teachers from across the country and we hope that you will make long lasting connections with your colleagues and the invited speakers. The sessions will all be delivered by experts from industry and academia and the Tours will include a crucial final session, led by a practicing teacher, looking at how you can use the content from the course in your classroom teaching. We have liaised closely with Design & Technology teachers when devising the programme so that it links closely with the polymer topics in the 11 to 18 curriculum. All delegates will receive a comprehensive resource pack following the event, including electronic literature and physical samples.
There are only 15 places available on each Tour so register early to avoid disappointment!
The courses have been revamped to a two-day format for 2020 and they will be running at three venues as follows. Please follow the links for more specifc information about each course.
The Edinburgh Napier University Tour cancelled
The Lancashire Tour at Victrex cancelled
The Warwickshire Tour at WHS Plastics cancelled
The courses are free of charge and all delegates are eligible to apply for a contribution of upto £250 towards the cost of travel or cover.