Primary Engineering programme introduced to our schools


Thousands of children across our area will benefit from a new project which puts engineering at the heart of their learning.

The programme brings together local schools and engineers, inspiring pupils with science, maths and technology by using engineering as the ‘wow factor’.

Fifteen of our schools are already signed up to the Primary Engineer programme, with many more expected to join them following an official launch by us.

The Primary Engineer programme is a national initiative which provides high-quality training to teachers, who then make learning come alive by using engineering in the curriculum.

We are working closely with local businesses, Primary Engineer, Kirklees College and a range of schools.

Cllr Peter McBride, our cabinet member for Skills and Jobs, said:

Kirklees is a renowned centre of engineering and manufacturing and is home to many innovative and world class engineering businesses.

We are delighted that our schools and businesses are coming together with the support of the Primary Engineer team to inspire a generation of young people and get them involved in real-life engineering projects.”

Cllr Shabir Pandor, our cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:

Our schools already do a huge amount of great work in giving children the best possible start in life.

This programme is a cutting-edge way to embed engineering across the curriculum and help pupils gain the skills which will equip them for their education and, ultimately, the world of work.”

The Primary Engineer programme maps its work against the national curriculum and provides resources to each of its member schools.

Susan Scurlock, Primary Engineer chief executive, said:

We give teachers the skills, confidence and opportunity to teach science, technology, engineering and maths through engaging and inspiring real-life projects.

By linking each school with a practicing engineer from a local business, we also enable teachers and young people to draw on real expertise and enjoy the benefits of working with a local company.

We are delighted to bring the Primary Engineer programme to Kirklees and we look forward to working with the schools and our partners in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Employers Federation, Kirklees Council, Kirklees College and local businesses.”

Our local schools which are already signed up are Heaton Avenue Primary, Hillside Primary, Whitechapel C of E Primary, Nortonthorpe Hall, Shepley First, Lindley Junior, Newsome Junior, Marsden Junior, The John Curwen Co-operative Primary Academy, Reinwood Infant and Nursery, Almondbury Community School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Thornhill Junior and Infant, Heckmondwike Primary and Headlands C of E Primary

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