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Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark Awarded to Tor Bridge High School’s Mathematics Department
Tor Bridge High School is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2014/15.
 
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
 
Our Mathematics department received the Mark in recognition of the excellent mathematics department’s work that was inspired by membership of the Schools Programme carried out in 2014/15.
 
The PTI’s Schools Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum. After three years of Schools Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools Programme to the benefit of all.
 
Mrs Liz Dunstan, Principal of Tor Bridge High said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Mathematics department’s innovative work, and we are very proud as this acknowledges our commitment to inspirational teaching.’
 
Enquiries about The Prince’s Teaching Institute should be directed to Charlotte Cornwell on 020 7932 1599 (charlottec@blj.co.uk)

Y8s STEM trip to the National Marine Aquarium

Y8s had a day of learning with a difference this week when they visited the National Marine Aquarium and took their lessons within the fantastic labs, zones and exhibits there.
 
The day was focussed on STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and lessons were delivered by the aquarium’s scientists and educational staff as well as engineers from Babcock Marine Engineering.
The Maths lesson covered probability and percentages as students calculated selling prices and profit of the cargo on their model ships.
 
Next was an amazing Science lesson on food webs taken alongside the Stingrays and Sharks in the Aquarium’s Atlantic Ocean tank.
 
Engineers from Babcock Marine delivered a fun practical lesson where students had to work as teams to catapult messages to one another to decipher, before the final session of the morning in front of the British Coasts tank, looking at the technology behind hydrophones.
After lunch students were treated to an interactive STEM show where they learnt, amongst other things how the Breakwater protects the harbour in Plymouth.
Engineering Education Scheme (EES) hosted by the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh.

“A team of Year 12 students recently attended the launch day for this year’s Engineering Education Scheme (EES) hosted by the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh. The scheme challenges a team of our students to create an engineering solution to a problem presented by the Navy and over the course of the year come up with a prototype that solves it. The Induction Day held at HMS Raleigh introduced students to the Scheme and gave them a chance to get started on their project with the aid of the mentor as well as taking part in a number of team building exercises. In the morning the students were taken through some fire-fighting drills by the staff at the base and in the afternoon they took on some Physical Challenges under the duress of a team of Royal Marines. All the Tor Bridge students completed the challenges successfully as others around them fell by the wayside and they are looking forward to taking on their project.”
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