Secondary Award Winners

Over £179,000 donated to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools since January 2018
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Presdales School (Ware): PE MAJOR AWARD WINNER 2018

Edufunduk are delighted to award the £10,000 PE Major Award to Presdales School.  The grant will be used to equip their multigym with treadmills, static bikes, a rower and a cross-trainer.

Nikki Albone (Revenue Generation Coordinator) led a very strong application which emphasised both the importance of this form or exercise and the wide range of its beneficiaries.  The multigym will be used by many pupils at the school, from their 220 Sports Leaders and elite athletes to regular PE classes, numerous after-school clubs and small groups of girls who are struggling with self-esteem issues.  With around 10% PP students, the free access will be a big draw considering the costs of gym membership and travel locally.

But it doesn't stop there…

Primary school pupils will have access through KS1 festivals, school games competitions, participation festivals and 'Come and Try It' events and the many sports clubs using the school will also be able to arrange access.   Staff at the school will not be left out - following a very positive survey of interest, they will be able to use the facility before and after school too.

Nikki drew on research and campaigns like "This Girl Can" to highlight the problems of exercise drop-off rates for girls, particularly through fear of judgement.  Friendly, small group sessions in the multigym will help rebuild self-esteem and fitness.  Individual exercise programmes would not only help these girls but also hone the skills of all pupils at Presdales', right up to their gifted and talented and elite athletes such as their England U16 Girls Football captain and G.B. sailor.

Research was also quoted to show the positive effects of exercise on academic success.   Allied to this, we were particularly impressed by how keen other departments were to make use of the facility for study e.g. Biology for practical lessons on bioenergetics and Maths and Physics to bring their subjects to life by generating personal data on speed, acceleration, time etc. for analysis.

Longevity of benefit was also a strength of the bid.  Nikki estimated the 7-12 year lifetime of the equipment would provide excellent value for money, giving students gym access at a cost of less than £1 a year per student over that time.  The schools Trust fund also committed to provide a maintenance and replacement programme should the bid be successful.

We wish Presdales a speedy and successful installation of the equipment and maybe some cooler weather once it's up and running.

Barnwell School, Stevenage: STEM MAJOR AWARD 2018

Barnwell School (Stevenage):  STEM MAJOR AWARD WINNER 2018

Edufunduk are delighted to award Barnwell School in Stevenage £10,000 towards a Laser Cutter, extractor and associated equipment.

In a very strong application, Andy Reavell, Senior Leader, explained how the new cutter would benefit a wide variety of pupils.  Firstly, Barnwell's own pupils, (where there are above average numbers of PP students) would make extensive use of the machine through KS3 D+T where it will be based on their middle-school site.  The students will be able to see CAD in action first hand, be able to utilize CAM software and gain an understanding of prototyping and one off production. They will be able to actually produce work they have drawn up on the CAD software and take it home and so stimulate their enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

GCSE and A level students will also have access to the new machine of course which will help them excel in their coursework and see their design work quickly brought to life.

A major strength of the bid was the number of primary school students who will also gain a taste of CAD/CAM in action.  Barnwell work with up to fifteen local primary schools through the year, including a huge Science/Technology fair attended by hundreds of KS2 pupils  (They were short-listed for a TES collaboration award this year).   As Andy wrote in his application:

"We have a number of primary schools bringing students in to our school to work in our ICT suites, the ability to produce a product from the work students can quickly create in CAD software would be amazing."

Barnwell are very excited about the difference a high-quality laser cutter on site will make to all levels of students:

"This would also allow our higher ability students to develop a deeper understanding of the CAD/CAM process and would allow our weaker students to produce practical pieces of a high quality despite their own individual difficulties."

We wish Barnwell all the best with their new cutter which will continue to benefit pupils for years to come.  We look forward to seeing some of the results next year.

Longdean Virtually Sweep the Board with Another Win!

Longdean picked up their second Minor Award last week - well done to them!

Virtual Learning Environments can be fantastic resources and motivators for students and staff.  We were therefore delighted to grant Longdean a Minor STEM award to enable them to purchase a VLE and CPD for an exciting new course:  Smart Product Design and Manufacture (Level 2).

The course will capture the imagination of students and lead them into the world of CAD/CAM,  laser cutters and 3D printing and the VLE will help bring all of this to life with videos, animations, interactive exercises, handouts, schemes of work and teacher support.  Longdean will run the course as part of their innovative, 1-year, mixed-ages, intensive option programme.

Longdean Pupils Present to Parliament

Edufunduk are proud to have helped to fund a small group of children to undertake an excellent programme which resulted in them talking to ministers and having a V.I.P. tour of Parliament.

A group of about 15 students organised a "Send my Friend" to School campaign to help them understand the value of literacy. The students researched and prepared campaign materials, presented to each other, spoke in assemblies and met with their local MP before presenting their campaign to a minister and officials in London.

The course drew on many excellent Effective Learning techniques such as:

  • Thinking Skills - broadening thinking, ideas generation, focussing attention, organising thinking, assessing evidence, debating, creativity methods, dealing effectively with information and emotion/values 
  • Debating/Public Speaking - learning to organise information, prepare an interesting and informative talk, getting to the point, impromptu speaking, control voice/posture and give constructive evaluation 
  • Educational Coaching/Self-Belief /Confidence/Mind-Set/Motivation - developing attentive listening skills, effective questioning techniques and understanding/applying what motivates others and bolsters confidence. 
  • Collaborative Learning - using learning in pairs or larger groups to accelerate and deepen learning as well as increase motivation and enjoyment. 

The students' confidence has grown incredibly, and they are increasingly articulate. They seem to have grown in stature, and not only does the school community look upon them quite differently, but they see themselves differently too. 

Herts and Essex High School net an award.

There are big expansion plans afoot at The Herts and Essex High School and we are proud to help out a little by providing two netball posts for their new sports hall. 

We struggled a little with this application as we shy away from part-funding a project that has not yet been fully funded (as the money might be sitting in a bank account for years doing no one any good).  However, when Hayley Jones, Head of PE, explained that the sports hall part of the expansion was completely financed, we were very keen to help furnish it with equipment.

The bid was made all the stronger by the fact the new hall is going to be open for community use outside of school hours/clubs, including providing a home for a top-flight, local Judo club.

We wish Herts and Essex the best of luck securing funding for the rest of their expansion plans including outside tennis/netball courts and an astro-turf pitch.

Parmiter's Crack Open Our Vault!

We were very pleased to be able to fund a new gymnastics vaulting box for Parmiter's PE department.  As Brad Hughes, Director of Sport, explained in his bid, the box is essential for their GCSE students who have opted for gymnastics but it will also be used heavily in KS3 lessons.  Extra-curricular clubs and targeted opportunities to bring reluctant students into sport are also earmarked for the equipment but the benefits don't stop there - The Three Rivers School Sports Partnership members (including primary schools) and the Y6 summer school will also be flying high in the gym hall this season.

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