Welsh Water close curtain on a successful year of supporting schools

22 July 2022

Welsh Water has delivered curriculum-led content to over 50,000 learners over the past 12 months, supporting almost 300 schools in the process.

Through a variety of school visits, education centre visits and virtual sessions, the Education Team at Welsh Water has reached 50,000 learners during the academic year. The company, who are committed to educating, informing and inspiring younger generations about the value of water, have undertaken over 300 visits, using its’ industry-unique approach of annually seconding teachers to deliver its’ education programme.

Feedback from schools has been overwhelmingly positive and teachers have welcomed the support given to broaden pupils’ experiences, knowledge and skills. All sessions are aligned to four purposes that underpin the National Curriculum for Wales and are free of charge, making it a valuable offering and a popular choice for teachers.

In total, the support has amounted to over 500 hours of direct teaching time, which have been enhanced through a range of available online content. Sessions have been set in a real life context and packed full of practical and interactive activities – providing pupils a fun way to learn about the water cycle, the work, energy and love that goes into the process of getting water to their taps, ways to conserve water, and the importance of the 3Ps rule – ‘only pee, poo and paper down the loo’.

Welsh Water have a long-standing reputation for delivering a high-quality education provision, with the not-for-profit company having worked with over 600,000 pupils throughout the lifetime of its education strategy. This year, the company also reached a milestone 25 years since the opening of its’ flagship Education Centre at Cilfynydd, which has accommodated over 250,000 pupils.

Claire Roberts, Head of Community Engagement, said:

"It’s fantastic to see that the number of pupils that have participated in our education programme this year has continued to grow, after the challenges presented during Covid. The response from schools and pupils to our visits have been overwhelmingly positive.  As a company, we have a responsibility to support schools in the delivery of education and we look forward to working with schools in the next academic year."

Creunant Primary School, said of their visit:

"All pupils were engaged and excited about the hands-on task. The workshop content was spot-on and fit perfectly with our topic. Excellent resources - plenty for all children to be involved. The teaching quality was excellent and at the right level for age group."

The team will continue to work with schools in the next academic year, as they aim to reach over 70,000 pupils.