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NEWS Into Film dna ScreenSkills announce a raft initiatives for UK primary school pupils


Film education charity Into Film, and the screen industries’ skills charity, ScreenSkills, are joining forces on a raft of careers initiatives and training for young people.


The initiative is in response to teachers’ renewed interest in better quality careers information and aims to inspire and encourage pupils to consider working within the booming UK screen industries in a drive to maintain the UK’s reputation as global leaders in this field.


Funding from Arts Council England to ScreenSkills - to join up careers services across the arts and screen and


support the development of a skilled workforce – will enable ScreenSkills and Into Film to develop new materials for 7-11 year olds in Key Stage 2 This will include a new joint-funded film careers map adapted for a younger audience offering new teaching resources to complement Into Film and ScreenSkills’ existing careers initiatives with schools.


Into Film’s engagement with over half of UK schools and ScreenSkills’ (formerly Creative Skillset) unprecedented insight into the needs of the UK screen industries has historically been a productive partnership for the two organisations forming a direct investment in young people’s futures throughout their school education with Into Film and onto training and apprenticeship opportunities with ScreenSkills.


Working with the education sector, film industry and arts and cultural organisations, Into Film and ScreenSkills’ careers activity is available to every school, college and youth group across the UK.


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UK students evolved star


discover rare


UK student scientists recently had the unique opportunity to present their ground-breaking scientific findings at the Royal Astronomical Society National AstronomyMeeting 2019 (NAM2019) - the largest annual astronomy and space science event in the UK - to an audience of 500 leading scientists from the UK and around the world.


As part of the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) cosmic mining project, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), student scientists from Lampton School in west London, The Camden School for Girls in north London and the Larbert High School in Falkirk have managed to spot a rare event – a star like our sun that is coming to the end of its life cycle, before it turns into a planetary nebula. This is a significant find because it tells astronomers more about the life and death of stars, particularly those like our own sun – and the students have now been able to share their findings with this world-leading forum.


The star they spotted is very dusty, and there are curre spectra of stars which are this dusty and at this stage in t students managed to find several examples of this type o


f rare star, which will heir evolution. The ntly only a few


provide vital parameters for scientists to compare future astronomical observations.


The students made their findings by sifting through data that came from the Spitzer Space Telescope, made possible by IRIS and STFC. NASA’s Spitzer mission has observed tens of thousands of points of potential interest, creating vast amounts of astronomical data. The students’ discoveries were hidden in massive amounts of data that would likely not have ever been looked at,


The IRIS student scientists have been working with STFC scientists based at meaning these findings may have never been made without them.


the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC), to select potential targets to


launched in 2021 - which has been described by NASA as the world’s premier make the scientific case for pointing the JamesWebb Space Telescope to be


science observatory for the next decade. https://ras.ac.uk


July/ y/August 2019 Student scoops IET Student Excellence award


Mechanical Engineering Apprentice Catherine Smith is celebrating after winning the IET Award for Student Excellenc individuals who stand out from their peers a achievements in their area of expertise.


nd have made noteworthy e, which recognises


Catherine who is undertaking herMechanical Engineering Technical Apprenticeship with Kirklees College and working for world-leading precision manufacturing company Reliance Precision, comes from a family of engineers with her uncle and grandfather both working in the field.


Catherine took the apprenticeship route after finishing college and wanted to emulate her grandfather’s success in the field by working her way up through the engineering ranks and ultimately making him proud of her achievements.


“I’m really excited to receive this award and


want to thank the support of both Kirklees College and Reliance Precision, I couldn’t have achieved this without their guidance and belief in me. I am learning so much on my apprenticeship and have such a great place of work, I can’t wait to see what the future brings,” said Catherine.


“Catherine is making fantastic progression on her apprenticeship and is flourishing into a fantastic engineer.We’re delighted she has won this award as she fully deserves it. Catherine is very committed and puts 100%into everything she does.We look forward to seeing her continued success throughout the remainder of her apprenticeship,” said David Torr, Head ofMetrology .


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