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Opportunities, Events & Activities

We occasionally hear of outside events and activities that would be of interest and valuable to students on the Talented and Gifted Programme.  Please find details below of forthcoming opportunities.


World Book Day Competition


Are you interested in writing, doodles, sketches, poetry, haiku’s or prose? Do you have a positive experience to share with other students? To celebrate World Book Day ThinkHigher are gathering messages, pictures, quotes and other media from students to create an amazing book to provide inspiration and hope to other young people during this difficult time.


Maybe you’re a year 13 student and are beginning a new adventure at the end of the academic year….

Maybe you’re a year 12 student who had exams cancelled last year and want to share your experience with current year 11 students….

Maybe you’re a year 11 student and want to reassure year 10 students….

Maybe you’re a year 10 student who wants to share the experience of choosing exam subjects….

Maybe you have overcome adversity and want to encourage and inspire others….

Maybe you’ve learnt to asked for support or accepted yourself as you are and found that life has become a little bit easier….

Or maybe you’ve got an inspirational fictional story you wish to share with others….


Whatever it is, we want to hear it!


A large number of young people are experiencing turmoil, lacking motivation, concerned about their future following exam cancellations, worried about starting university or college, or even not sure what they want to do in the future and are feeling a little lost right now. No one else has ever lived through this experience and we want your voice to bring comfort and reassurance to everyone with a collection of your unique wisdom and experiences.


This is an opportunity for you to become a published writer and the top three pieces will also win a special prize, plus you will have the knowledge that you have supported other people at this crucial time. The book will be available for purchase, with all profits from the sale of the book being donated to Ediblelinks charity.


If you have any questions or wish to take part in this amazing opportunity please email or contact Jo on 07384910631


The deadline for the submission of your piece is Friday 16th April 2021!


We are all looking forward to receiving your contribution.


Warwick Wednesdays: Webinars for your students

Year 11s are invited to join Warwick University from 4pm every Wednesday until Wednesday 31st March. Join for one, or join for all - they'll be covering a variety of topics about applying to and studying at university. Find out more below!


These sessions will run from 4-5pm (BST). Register now by clicking on the link.


Wed 13 Jan - Biology at Warwick
Wed 20 Jan - The Student Experience 2020-21
Wed 27 Jan - Business at Warwick
Wed 3 Feb - Postgrad 101
Wed 10 Feb - Computer Science at Warwick
Wed 17 Feb - Half term takeover
Wed 24 Feb - Engineering at Warwick
Wed 3 March - Researching university choices
Wed 10 March - Politics and International Studies at Warwick
Wed 17 March - Making a competitive UCAS Application
Wed 24 March - Psychology at Warwick
Wed 31 March - Writing your UCAS Personal Statement


Virtual Faraday Challenge



The Virtual Faraday Challenge is open for anyone between 7-15, young people can do this at home, in school, individually or as a group or family.


Based on a real-world problem, the Virtual Faraday Challenge brings together STEM subjects (science, design and technology, engineering and maths) in an engaging way and encourages the development of young people’s problem solving and communication skills.


This season’s Virtual Faraday Challenge tasks young people to see if they can assist the work of Network Rail in helping them to sustainably manage the increasing numbers of passengers using their network and minimise their impact on the environment.


Free Subscription to Ingenia



December’s Ingenia has been published, with articles on chocolate engineering, a process to clean wastewater with algae, ensuring social distancing in offices, fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccines, an interview with Dr Andy Harter CBE DL FREng, and much more.


This is a quarterly publication put together by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with an editorial board of Fellows and a few non-Fellows. Ingenia has a broad readership, with a focus on reaching more young people aged 13 to 25 who are interested in STEM subjects, and publishes stimulating and informative articles about all aspects of engineering.


Subscription is free so if you’d like a hard copy delivered you can subscribe by filling out this form.


The Raspberry Pi Foundation


The Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched a free Learn at Home initiative to support parents and young people with coding resources at home. You don’t need any coding experience to join in, and all of their resources and activities are free forever.


Get involved with their space challenge, Astro Pi Mission Zero in partnership with the European Space Agency, where young people can send a message to the International Space Station


Every Wednesday their team of educators host a digital making live stream to inspire and teach young people about getting creative with technology.


They provide over 200 coding projects you can follow on any computer, with themes from looking after yourself toprotecting the planet. All with step-by-step instructions, accessible online at any time, for free.


Simply visit their website ( to get started right away!