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Education and learning

Our comprehensive education programme includes educational school trips to our sewage treatment works, talks for schools and community groups, and free online resources.

Book a virtual water talk

We’re offering online presentations about the wonderful world of water.  Our team of experienced volunteer community speakers are visiting classes and community groups online to explain everything water-related.

Book an online talk

Visit an education centre

Our education centres are a great place to learn what really happens to the water and sewage processed at our treatment works.

Our comprehensive sessions include a fun, interactive tour of the site as well as some classroom time learning about the water cycle and the environment.

Visits to our education centres are free and our experienced team will tailor the session to your groups’ individual needs, whether it’s a school class or a scout group.

Locations

Learn more about the facilities at our centres:

Make a booking

Visits typically run from 10am to 2pm, with a lunch break included. Please bring your own packed lunches. Our centres can accommodate up to 32 children for each visit and for safety reasons all children must be aged seven or over. Learn more about health and safety during visits to our centres.

Book a visit

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Resources and ideas

Have you ever wondered how your water gets from the reservoir to your tap? Or how much water you use every day – and where it goes when you’ve finished with it?

We have loads of exciting ideas to get pupils exploring water, along with teacher resources that support the curriculum - from geography and science to literacy and numeracy.

A child dipping a paintbrush in a glass of water

Home Lab

Learn with our Home Lab experiments
photograph of children on site at a sewage treatment works

The sewage treatment process

Photograph of technician working on control panel

The water treatment process

Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through a simple Seven-Step framework.  We've put together tips and advice to help pupils, teachers and parents working to achieve their Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Fit to drink

Watch this video to understand why drinking water is so important to keep us fit and healthy.

From tap to toilet

Watch this video to understand how drinking water and sewage is treated, and how we’re able to create energy from your waste!

Downloads

BTEC resources

Our extensive BTEC resources and tools designed to support secondary schools in a number of different ways. We’re always keen to support education in the STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, and they’re relationship with the world of water and water use. We recognise it’s not always easy for teachers and lecturers to bring industry examples into the classroom, so we’ve produced some simple materials to help. Choose from five download resource packs that have been designed to support BTEC Level 1 and 2 awards in Engineering and in Business.

Further online resources

We recommend visiting the Thames Tideway Tunnel website which offers loads of great presentations, teachers’ notes and student packs for both primary and secondary schools as well as further education students.

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