Writtle Junior School – Technology Learning Pod
Daniel Connal Partnership is very proud to be involved in an innovative pilot project with an Essex school.
Junior Hard Hats was born out of Writtle Junior School’s involvement in the Greenpower – Inspiring Engineers initiative, where school children experience engineering through designing, building, racing and maintaining an electric go-cart. The aim being to engage youngsters in the engineering process and potentially inspire a future career.
Step up enterprising school governor Mike Bradburn who, having been involved in the Greenpower project, felt that a similar blueprint could be established around the construction industry. Involving children in all aspects of planning, designing and constructing a building as part of the school curriculum; addressing the perception of the industry as dirty, dangerous, low paid and male dominated and introducing the idea of a career in the construction sector as a credible option.
Discussions between Mike Bradburn and Nick Taylor, the Head Master at Writtle Junior School, have evolved into plans for an innovative Technology Learning Pod to be built in the school grounds as a pilot project for the charity/organisation Junior Hard Hats, with future proposals to roll-out the concept, nationwide.
Children at the school have been involved in every stage of the project to-date, including choosing the name of the charity. They’ve met with planners at the planning department, local Parish Councillors and participated in the design of the building. Future activities will include pitching the scheme to sponsors, devising a marketing strategy, meeting with bankers, lawyers and industry professionals etc – all supported and mentored by the charity’s trustees.
Daniel Connal Partnership is providing health & safety advice and CDM services on this exciting project. Our health and safety team recently delivered an H&S presentation to Year 6 children, which introduced them to the basics of Construction Design Management and site safety. They then got some hands-on first aid training, including the use of a defibrillator.
With planning permission granted, and the pod foundations laid (our Construction Phase Plan included input from the children, of course), the project is now well underway.
It promises to be very exciting and worthwhile for all involved.