Bricks and Mortarboard - an Education and Business Partnership Project

Judith Holmes
2001, Vol. 6, No. 2,


Peterbrook is a large two-form entry primary school with a 40 place nursery, on the Solihull/Birmingham border. This paper outlines a joint initiative which involved Peterbrook Primary School with a company working in the locality (Lend Lease) together with Solihull Education and Business Partnership. The project was supported by the Engineering Employers Federations' Technology Tree programme, which aims to bring together local engineering companies and schools in partnership, which bring all round benefits.

The importance of design and technology as a subject in our National Curriculum is widely acknowledged. It enables the child to learn about how materials have been used to make products that people need or want, and to realise that designers have to consider how new products could affect the people who use or make them and the effects they may have on the environment.

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