Polymer Study Tours

Polymer Study Tours are run by the Horners’ as residential courses for Teachers to learn about the Polymer Industry for the benefit of both themselves and their pupils. Delegates receive a Certificate of Professional Development,

They help to educate teachers on the science, technology and applications of polymers (both plastics and rubbers). From the industry point of view the Polymer Study Tours provide information and create interest, which will promote the recruitment of high quality scientists and technologists for the plastics and associated industries. In addition the courses promote the knowledge of polymers and plastics and their importance to the quality of everyday life and thereby enhance the image of plastics and the plastics industry in the eyes of future consumers.

The Polymer Study Tours have been designed to improve your subject knowledge, provide suggestions for practical activities and give you first hand experience of the polymer industry in action.  They are a careful blend of lectures, practical sessions using readily avaiable resources to demonstrate key polymer-related concepts, industry tours, and discussion opportunities based on detailed information sent out beforehand, and they are open to practising and trainee teachers from all regions of the UK.  The residential aspect provides the ideal opportunity to network with other like-minded teachers from across the country and we hope that you will make long lasting connections with your colleagues and the invited speakers.  The sessions will all be delivered by experts from industry and academia and the Tours will include a crucial final session, led by a practicing teacher, looking at how you can use the content from the course in your classroom teaching.  We have liaised closely with Design & Technology teachers when devising the programme so that it links closely with the polymer topics in the 11 to 18 curriculum.  All delegates will receive a comprehensive resource pack following the event, including electronic literature and physical samples.

The courses were in  a two-day format for 2019 and ran at three venues as follows.  Please click on the bold venue name for more specific information about each course and how to Register.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 2020 courses did not take place but we are pleased that  they will resume in 2021 on these dates:

Edinburgh Napier University 20th & 21st June 2021

Victrex, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire 27th & 28th June 2021

WHS Plastics, Minworth, Warwickshire 24th & 25th September 2021

The courses are free of charge and all delegates may apply for a contribution of up to £250 towards the cost of travel or cover.

The Horners’ run these courses in conjunction with the Institute for Mining Minerals and Materials (IOM3) and the British Plastics Federation (BPF). More detailed information is available on the IOM3 website here.