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Heathrow schools volunteering programme

Responsible Heathrow case study

Heathrow plays an ever increasing role in raising academic achievement and aspirations in our local communities. Our education programmes focus on developing long-term relationships with schools and inspiring the next generation to consider a career at the airport or in our supply chain.

The Heathrow Primary School Construction Challenge, is delivered annually in over 50 schools in the five local boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne ensuring that Heathrow shares its social benefits with those affected by the environmental dis-benefits form the airport operations.

The Challenge, delivered by Heathrow volunteers in partnership with educational experts, provides an enjoyable way for young people to explore and develop their enterprise , inter-personal and communications skills as well as encouraging team working.

As well as fitting with Key Stage 2, Maths / Shapes in the curriculum, the Heathrow Primary School Challenge day provides a fun way for students to explore the careers available at the airport and motivates students to continue in education; highlighting the links between the curriculum and success in the world of work.

Students are encouraged to work in teams in a positive way, respecting each other’s views and communicating with each other to achieve a set outcome. The Primary School Challenge is based on the DfES guidelines for Enterprise Education which encourage all students to develop creativity, take risks and have a Can Do attitude!

The Heathrow Secondary School Challenge, also delivered in the 5 boroughs local to the airport focuses on engineering using Heathrow’s Inter-terminal track transit system as the basis for fun, hands on educational challenges. In 2013, these programmes were delivered to over 5,300 local school children.

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