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Education and learning

Education and learning

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

The water cycle

See how water forms in clouds and ends up as water that you can drink and wash with, and what happens to it once you have used it.

photograph of a child drinking from a tap

The water treatment process

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The sewage treatment process

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Visiting our sewage treatment works

Unfortunately, our programme of educational site visits is currently unavailable due to coronavirus. We hope to see you again from 2021 and, although we can’t currently confirm visits, we welcome your enquiries for future bookings.

Request a visit from our community speakers

Coronavirus has meant our speaker programme has been temporarily paused. We're beginning to visit schools occasionally and our community speakers are looking forward to getting back into the classroom. If your school is accepting external visitors and you’d like to book one of our experienced speakers, please download the form below and email it to our team.

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.

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!


Secondary schools and further education

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 school as well as further education students.

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