On Wednesday 29th March we held the second of our Round Table meetings for the sem@schools project.
School Energy Management at Schools is a sustainable energy project for secondary schools. The project aims to develop student knowledge and skills in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy whilst supporting students in developing an increased awareness of the employment opportunities available within the sustainable energy sector – see http://www.severnwye.org.uk/our-work/live-activities/profile/project/show/SWAProjects/sustainable-energy-management-at-schools.html .
The project is co-funded through the European Union’s Erasmus + programme and involves 9 partner organisations from 7 European countries.
The Round Table meetings are being held in each project country in order to evaluate the project and develop a clear plan for continued delivery post project completion.
Our second meeting here in the UK was attended by the participating schools, those supporting STEM / science education and local organisations that will host the students on work placements this summer.
This second meeting was used to develop a plan for the continued delivery of project activities post project completion and schools stated that they were keen for a curriculum pack to be developed with lesson plans and resources that teachers can adapt and deliver themselves. We are currently working on the production of this pack which we hope to have ready by September.
There was also an opportunity to discuss further the work placements that will take place in July. We discussed the paperwork required and the safeguarding requirements. Students have now been allocated their placements and both they and the businesses hosting them are very much looking forward to the experience.
There will be one further Round Table meeting to be held in May, leading to a report that will be presented at a conference in Brussels in June.