From the beginning of our relationship with Teach First they have delivered tailored, full-day workshops for The Bright Ideas Challenge competition to support students from low socio-economic backgrounds to engage with the competition in an exciting, accessible and relatable way. Through our partnership, Teach First opened The Bright Ideas Challenge up to their network of 900 schools, resulting in entries from 162 students from disadvantaged backgrounds in 2019/20, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

What participating schools are saying about the initiative:

“It was amazing how they did it all in one day – putting their heads together and coming up with these fantastic ideas. Thinking on the spot and being spontaneous was a challenge, but one they absolutely loved. Because it was a one-day thing it got them properly engaged, they wanted to create their ideas there and then and it was really high impact.”

“100% I would definitely recommend to other schools – it creates a buzz in school and the students absolutely loved it. Our students are now thinking about the world and the things that are happening in their own environment which have an impact on them as the next generation.”

This year’s winner from Capital City Academy received a STEM goodie bag and £2,500 to support the school’s STEM provision.

More recently, as part of Teach First’s objective to give every child a brilliant education by working with schools in areas of greatest need, we’ve been sponsoring a pilot with The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Connecting STEM Teachers programme to provide training sessions for network teaching coordinators to help them engage better with schools with a high number of disadvantaged students and to encourage participation of students in these schools with STEM activities and teaching.

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