Take-off for new educational facility
Birmingham Airport and The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham have launched ‘The Learning Hub’ facility.
‘The Learning Hub’ was officially opened by former schools minister Baroness Estelle Morris, and will host workshops for pupils as well as continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for teachers from primary schools across Birmingham and beyond. During school holidays families will be able to take part in activities and share in their child’s learning.
Pupils from three local primary schools were invited to the launch to join in the start of the project and take part in some of the activities on offer from the airport’s partners including The Ogden Trust’s Phiz Lab, Raspberry Pi, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Frog Virtual Learning Environment, Peters Books and The Children’s University.
Pete Slough, director of access at the Schools of King Edward VI, said: “The Learning Hub is ideally situated at Birmingham Airport to take advantage of local transport links to enable schools easy access to this inspirational and flexible venue.
“The space here is fantastic and allows our many educational partners to deliver high quality enrichment activities which revitalise learning, encourage creativity and foster aspirations and self-esteem in our city’s children and the wonderful, dedicated staff who teach them.
“The feedback from teachers who have attended our CPD sessions has been overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted that they are able to use this forum to share ideas and set up strategies in their own schools and classrooms that make a real difference to their pupils’ enjoyment, progress and personal development.
“We also offer family events during the school holidays and at weekends so that parents and children can learn and discover together. A brilliant Raspberry Pi workshop took place here over Easter where 10 families learnt about coding and computers.”
Simon Richards, chief financial officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “The Learning Hub allows us to work directly with local children and their parents to raise aspirations and help develop the skills they will need in the world of work. This project is one of many that Birmingham Airport operates to ensure that those local communities which are affected by our operations can share in the economic and social benefits of having a major airport on their doorstep.”