Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Freight and Logistics Body Proposes to Raise Maths Standards for Students

Made in China Scheme Backed by Industry Heavyweights
Shipping News Feature

UK  Skills for Logistics (SfL), the skills sector council for the freight and supply chain industry, a sector employing 8% of the British work force, has supported the development of a scheme it says could be used nationally to raise mathematics standards among students in an engaging way, according to John Redmond, Assistant Principal at Lutterworth College. The college will be running a Numeracy Day on Friday 20 June, with 48 Year 10, grade C-D borderline GCSE students. The day will be based on the successful SfL ‘Made in China’ logistics days, which were previously supported and delivered by SfL’s team. However, math’s teacher Cath Stephenson and careers teachers within the college will now run future events.

In addition to delivering two Made in China enterprise days, SfL has been working closely with Lutterworth College by attending careers events and open evenings. The first employer group meeting for SfL’s Lutterworth LLCN (Local Logistics Community Network), hosted by Lutterworth College in February of this year, was attended by a bevy of freight community heavyweights and logistics employers: Office Depot, Norbert Dentressangle, DHL, Unipart Logistics, Caterpillar, George/Asda and CML Logistics.

SfL is also is a strategic partner of Lutterworth College’s new Sir Frank Whittle Studio School. Opening in a brand new state-of-the-art building in September 2014, the studio school will provide 14-19 year-olds students with a distinctive academic and vocational education. Every student will benefit from a personal coach and high quality work experience with the school’s business partners.

Studio schools are a government initiative designed to focus on teaching workplace skills as well as academic studies, with the help of local business partners. Logistics will be offered at Lutterworth along with other business studies including engineering, retail and leisure.

Made in China is a curriculum resource aimed at 14-16 year olds. It supports mathematics, communication, problem-solving and enterprise in the curriculum and brings alive some important logistics concepts within a ‘real world’ setting.