The programme of primary school visits, which commenced in July 2013, by a team of Assistants Clive Thompson and Barry Maunders, Liveryman Mike O’Brien and Steve and Jennifer Smyth of joinedupscience has continued successfully through 2016. 10 schools have been visited with 3 more scheduled in the new year which will bring to 40 the total of schools visited since the programme commenced. The Tallow Chandlers and Paviors have again added financial support and 3 of the schools they support have been included in the programme.
So far coverage has been limited to London schools and the team have sought ways of expanding the programme in concert with the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) part of the University of York. This has resulted in a pilot programme of school visits to 3 primary schools in Lincolnshire which will be completed in the new year and will confirm how the expansion plans will be implemented.
Attendance has been good to excellent with 50 children and 40 parents at Parsons Green (not quite beating the record attendance of 32 parents and 63 children), and 38 children and 26 parents at a Muslim faith school in Tooting. In all the visits the audiences have enthusiastically received the presentations and joined in the discovery experiments