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Mondelēz International gives King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls an insight into engineering

A group studying engineering at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls attended an interactive ‘Taste of Work’ session to learn the importance of engineering in a manufacturing environment. Hosted by global snack provider Mondelz International, the group enjoyed a

tour of the site, and were able to learn about the wide range of career options available to them in the future. Following the tour, the students were also given some real life engineering

scenarios to work through in teams, including developing systems to manage increased levels of production, and improving means of transporting products around the factory. The day was led by technicians Trang Ly and Jamie Bright who volunteered

to deliver the session, and supported by engineering apprentices Sam Dare and Saheed Khattak, who were on-hand to share their experience. Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelz International, said:

“Only 6% of females take on engineering roles in the UK workforce and around 51% of female STEM graduates go on to work in STEM roles, compared with 68% of males. Therefore, it’s important for us to encourage female students into our industry from a young age by giving them an appreciation of the workplace, and the opportunity to gain real-life experience.” Funded by The Cadbury Foundation since 2007, Taste of Work aims to raise

awareness and inspire young people about the food and drink industry and the career opportunities within the sector, providing students with an effective industrial context to support their learning.

Top Drama School!

Four Upper Sixth Drama students at St Benedict’s School, Ealing recently took part in the prestigious National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) in Scarborough from 28th March to 3rd April. Soizic East, Rory Hobson, Kasia Krynska and Tempestt Walsh presented their devised performance of ‘Fete’ alongside drama schools, universities and professional companies. This is a huge success for the students and for the Head of Drama, Katie Ravenscroft, since St Benedict’s is the only secondary school chosen in the whole country. The students performed four performances whilst in Scarborough and attended other productions and multiple professional workshops. Back in December the four Drama and Theatre Studies students

presented ‘Fete’ to a school audience and, later that month, an adjudicator from NSDF came to watch a second performance at the school. The National Student Drama Festival receives hundreds of entries from secondary schools, universities and leading drama schools from across the country. It offers huge opportunities for budding actors and actresses, their Mission being to empower and inspire young talent and ambition. They tour the country looking to find and nurture exceptional productions and present them at the festival. The festival is open to students aged 16 – 25.

12 new schools to be built in North East England following confirmation of European Investment Bank support

Hundreds of primary and secondary school pupils across the north east of England will benefit from 12 brand new schools being supported by a GBP 46.3 million long-term loan from the European Investment Bank. The new schools will be built on either existing or new sites and construction is expected to start in the coming weeks. The new schools comprise the first batch of

five regional batches of new schools to be built under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The European Investment Bank is expected to support construction of a total of 46 new state primary and secondary schools under the initiative and provide around GBP 274 million of overall support. The loans from Europe’s long- term lending institution will be for around 25 years and represent around 40% of the overall project cost.

10 “The European Investment Bank is committed

to supporting long-term investment that improves education across Europe and in the UK thousands of primary and secondary school pupils, and students in higher and further education have benefited from investment in better facilities and modern learning environments following EIB backed education projects. Children in North Tyneside, Northumberland, Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees will enjoy better schools in the years to come from the new initiative agreed today and local construction companies will play a key role in building better schools across the country under the wider Priority School Building Programme.” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice-President. Twelve schools will be built in the north-east

in the first privately funded batch of the PSBP with a total of the GBP 112 million being invested. By grouping school development schemes

aggregating funding requirements, the Education Funding Agency has been able to access cheaper finance, and streamline procurement for each batch of schools. The PSBP is a centrally managed programme

set up to address the needs of the schools most in need of urgent repair. Through the programme, 260 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Senior debt will be provided by the European Investment Bank and senior bonds subscribed for by Aviva Annuity UK Limited. April 2015

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