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  • STEM opportunities for both primary and secondary students

  • ABY Youth Trust Free Advent Resource 2021

  • GCHQChristmasChallenge for 11-18yr

  • Halton Haven Hospice Creativity Workshops

  • Support for head teachers and deputy heads

  • World AIDS Day





STEM Opportunities for both Primary and Secondary Students


Leaders Award competition ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ – Engineers Inspiring Children Inspiring Engineers

The competition encourages pupils (3-19) from primary and secondary schools across the UK to look at the world around them and find engineered solutions to common problems.

As part of the competition pupils interview engineering professionals, identify a problem and design a solution to it enabling them to be inspired by engineering professionals and ‘find the engineer they could be’ by designing the future of engineering. Alongside their annotated drawings an accompanying letter is required to persuade engineers to choose their design to build.

It is an annual national competition running for the 9th consecutive year,  with tens of thousands of entries each year.This very short video really illustrates what the competition is all about: If you were an engineer what would you do? Animation 2021 – YouTube

Main competition website: Leaders Award competition FREE STEM resources for teachers & parents

Registration for schools: Resource Area Registration – Leaders Award

National Online Interviews: Meet an engineer live online interviews for STEM competition (

‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ podcast series:  If You Were An Engineer Podcast ( The aim is to share the ingenuity of young people, the engineers who have inspired them and the stories from the engineers who have built those ideas!

The competition is also showcased on Google Arts & Culture: Engineers Inspiring Children Inspiring Engineers — Google Arts & Culture

2021 virtual galleries: 2021 Regional Entries | If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do? (

Primary Engineer MacRobert Medals:  To celebrate the innovation created by the children through their designs for the Leaders Award ‘If you were and engineer what would you do?’, and by university prototyping teams who built the designs, Primary Engineer in partnership with the MacRobert Trust and the Weir Group created the Primary Engineer MacRobert Medals which were awarded for the first time in 2021; the winners were announced at COP26 on 7th November and we dedicated it a special podcast edition to end this year’s series!

You can see the winners and listen to the podcast here: Primary Engineer MacRobert Medal

STATWARS – Climate Change Challenge

Climate Change Challenge | Statwars Competition

The STATWARS® Climate Change Challenge vision is to empower and educate pupils to tackle climate change, by providing a project that delivers meaningful and engaging mathematics, numeracy and data literacy to pupils

All About STEM – Science Early Careers Conference

Please find attached the details of the Science Early Careers Teacher Conference on the 10th December run through STEM Learning and the Science Learning Partnership Networks. This CPD is bursary funded, after the conference has been attended maintained schools will receive a bursary payment of £75 per delegate.





ABY Youth Trust Free Advent Resource 2021


I hope you are well. I wanted to share our new free resource for Advent this year: ‘Community Matters at Christmas’. The resource is available to order now.

Throughout Advent we will explore different communities from the Christmas story, see what they can teach us about community and how they can inspire us to make a difference this Christmas. Over four weeks, the resource celebrates how community can bring us joy, acceptance, generosity and love. The resource includes videos of pupils talking about their communities, bible links, reflections and practical challenges and can be used in the classroom or in collective worship.

It would be great if you were able to share this with your schools. I’ve attached an image which can be used online too. Please edit/use as you feel appropriate/ space allows.

Schools can sign up here:

Community Matters eBook

We have also recently released a new eBook that I thought you and your team might be interested in. Community Matters: Helping Young People Lead With Character in a Post-Covid World is a series of reflections from experts in the education sector, focussing on the increasing need for the prioritisation of character education.

Download the eBook for free:




GCHQChristmasChallenge for 11-18yr


#GCHQChristmasChallenge for 11-18yr olds

Monday 13 December 2021

GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, is running a Christmas Challenge on 13 December aimed at 11-18 year olds. Young people across the country are encouraged to pit their wits against seven tricky puzzles to find the festive answer.

To take part, sign up to receive the Top Secret resource pack to your inbox in December, or follow this link on 10 December,

See attached for more information




Halton Haven Hospice Creativity Workshops


Halton Haven Hospice Creativity Workshops For Bereaved Children. Please see attached for more information

The link to the Tailored Yarn website is –




Support for head teachers and deputy heads


Mental health support for school leaders

Last week we announced a new mental health support scheme specifically for school leaders. The scheme will be delivered by the charity Education Support and will provide free one-to-one counselling and peer support to around 2,000 school leaders, helping those at deputy head level and above with their mental wellbeing.

You can find out more about how to access the programme through the Education Support website or by calling their hotline on 08000 562 561.




World AIDS Day 1st December 2021


On 1st December 2021, World AIDS Day gives an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people affected by HIV worldwide. There are resources available for schools on the National AIDS Trust website that can be used to deliver HIV awareness to young people. Click link below to access these resources.

The axess outreach team have also developed an online learning presentation for professionals, which aims to:

  • Raise a basic awareness of HIV and AIDS
  • Reduce stigma related to HIV
  • Dispel some of the myths surrounding HIV
  • Increase confidence when working with a HIV positive person
  • Raise awareness of HIV prevention
  • Increase knowledge of testing and availability in your area.

To complete this E-learning resource click here