Hope Community School
Located in Bexley, Hope Community School joined the Skills Builder Partnership in 2017 with a long-term vision of how to develop the essential skills in their learners. We are supporting this school to embed the six principles of effective skills teaching and learning. This builds on their curriculum which provides opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively in a variety of settings.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an under-construction 25 km tunnel running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames through central London, which will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river.
From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about the workplace, the roles of the volunteers and the skills they needed to do their jobs.
Then, in teams, the students were set their Creativity challenge: to design a new gadget to help clean up the Thames. Learners came up with a range of inventive ideas and then combined their ideas into a final design. They worked in teams to draw a diagram of their new gadget, with labels to show off the exciting features.
The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Creativity throughout the challenge and were given valuable feedback from the panel.