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Tip of the Iceberg – Glass in Society at Hillcroft

Tip of the Iceberg – Glass in Society at Hillcroft

The Charity Trustees are quite used to perusing applications for Glass in Society Grants. The imagination of Teachers conjuring projects to inspire today’s young people can be enormously inspiring. We all know Glass has so many applications and spreading that diversity is paramount to the Glass in Society initiative.

It takes one Teacher to have the imagination to inspire – but when it is taken to higher levels you must be encouraged.

Reading an application recently from a Teacher at Hillcroft Primary asking for funding to buy Microscopes – just the sort of thing the Trustees would consider. They wanted 20 Student Coarse Microscopes SFC 3A from Timstar and the cost within our grant limits.

Then came the bombshell.

The application was on behalf of the Glynn Learning Foundation of which Hillcroft was a member. GLF was founded in 2012 to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School.  Having worked in partnership since October 2010, both schools’ governing bodies and leadership teams believed that, as like-minded partners, working in different sectors would give incredible opportunities to the children and students of both schools.

Armed with that simple philosophy, they began their ‘journey’ — a journey that would help them become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 27 schools across 5 counties in Southern England.

Aims/objectives of the Glass Project 

The project aims to provide 27 primary schools with regular access to a classroom set of high quality microscopes. Several of the schools had borrowed microscopes from the Royal Microscopical Society and found that they had a very positive impact on their pupils learning of and engagement with science. Based on these experiences these schools asked if it would be possible to have a set of high quality microscopes which were available much more frequently. Regular meetings are held with all of the Science Leaders in each of the schools (and the Heads) and when the proposal was put to them it was met very positively.

These microscopes will be available for all 27 GLF primary schools to borrow, meaning that over 10000 school children will be able to use and benefit from them.

The microscopes will be stored at Hillcroft Primary School’s Phiz Lab. Schools will book them via the Teacher and who will be responsible for delivering and maintaining them.

To ensure they have maximum impact

  • Each school’s science leader is receiving training on how to use microscopes to support classroom teaching from Peter Sainsbury who is a member of the Royal Microscopical Society, Outreach and Education team. They will then share this training with their colleagues in their schools.
  • Each school has committed to using the microscopes to run a family learning night themed around the microscopical world. This will become an annual event.
  • The microscopes will be used during large science events that are attended by all of the schools (like the Science Fair detailed above).
  • This project will ensure that the technical use of glass has a hugely positive impact on the education of a very large number of children.
  • Pupil voice activities in each school will demonstrate the impact that the microscopes have had on learning of and engagement with science.
  • All schools/teachers that use the microscopes will keep photographic/video evidence of their use.
  • All schools/teachers that use the microscopes will complete an online evaluation form that will collate their responses. These will be available for review on an annual basis.
  • Parents attending the microscope family learning nights will complete evaluation forms. 

The Trustees unanimously agreed that the Grant should be given. A cheque was presented on Monday 5th March 2018. The Teacher who initiated the application will be joining us on 15th May 2018 at The Charity Drinks Evening at The Institute of Directors.

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