Our Futures People
  • Curriculum enhancement

    Our Future's People links with the Welsh curriculum particularly programmes of study for science, geography, PSE, IT, English and mathematics (see Curriculum Links document download).

    I learned how cross-curricular environmental issues are and how I could do similar activities with my own classes.

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  • Promoting enjoyment of learning

    Students can see the direct benefits of their work on the project and they have a chance to apply curriculum knowledge and skills to a real-world context.

    It is interesting and you get to learn in a different way.

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  • Empowering pupils: Direct involvement in school decision-making

    Through the project, students become directly involved in decision-making processes within their schools. They present an action plan for improving the sustainability of the school's energy use and get to see some of their recommendations being implemented.

    The governors where shocked at the amount of money we were spending unnecessarily on heating during the summer.

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  • Improved student self-confidence

    Students increase their self-confidence as a result of working on a project with clear positive outcomes and through having their voices heard. They see that they really do have the power to make a difference both to their school and the wider world.

    Students feel empowered and motivated to get involved in other projects.

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  • Development of transferable skills

    Students develop a wide range of transferrable skills including teamwork, numeracy, literacy and IT skills. They also develop increased confidence in presenting in front of an audience and key public speaking skills. They are able to utilise these skills in order to improve their curriculum work.

    You learn new things and working in a team improves your communication and team skills.

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  • Cohesion: Bringing together the whole school community

    The programme brings together the whole-school community in working towards a common cause. Students interact with support staff such as members of the school’s site and finance teams in a way that they may not have done before.

    It has fostered a cohesive nature... It has meant that groups that would not ordinarily have worked together, have.

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  • Citizenship - Local and global

    Our Future's People helps students to develop as responsible citizens at both a local and global level.

    It has taught me a lot about looking after the world and taking care of the environment we live in.

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  • Careers-related learning

    Students apply for a position on a School Energy Management Team, helping them to develop key job application and interview skills. They apply the knowledge and skills they have developed to a work context and the Your Green Future events help them to develop an awareness of the growing employment opportunities available within the 'green economy' and related occupations.

    It showed me different job opportunities that I hadn't thought of before.

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  • STEM - related learning

    Both the in-school work and the Your Green Future events have a heavy focus on the development of STEM knowledge and skills and how these can be applied in order to improve the sustainability of school and business operations. Students also develop a greater awareness of STEM-related career and training opportunities.

    Hugely worthwhile in promoting STEM in school as well as showing the links with Further Education and careers.

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  • Developing links with local employers and the wider community

    Schools are supported in developing links with local employers both through developing the work placements for students and through the Your Green Future events. Links with the local community will be strengthened through the information evenings, helping schools to strengthen their role as key community hubs.

    I really enjoyed the opportunity to network with other local teachers and to make links with local industries for possible work experience placements and speakers for lecture events that we host.

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  • Supporting work towards eco-schools

    Project activities link well with the eco-schools award scheme and can provide valuable evidence of student sustainability-related activity.

    It helped us to get our Eco-schools bronze and silver, and helped strengthen the commitment to Eco -schools from staff and governors.

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  • Reduced energy use and costs

    Schools benefit from reduced costs as a result of reducing their energy consumption. They also improve the sustainability of their operations, acting as positive role-models for their students and local communities. Schools where the project has been implemented to date have achieved average 22.7% saving in energy consumption.

    The main benefits have been the comprehensive action plan which has been incorporated in to the school premises improvement plan. Some of their recommendations are being carried out over the summer holidays.

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Arwain
Powys County Council
Funded by Welsh Government
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Sustainable Development Fund