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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

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The sewage treatment process

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The water treatment process

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Home Lab

Make learning at home fun by trying out our series of creative, hands-on Home Lab experiments. Make your own mini water cycle, learn what happens to the things you flush down the loo and find out how we turn poo into power!

Virtual water talks

We’re now offering online presentations about the wonderful world of water. Our team of volunteer community speakers are visiting classes and community groups online to explain everything water related. You can book an online talk with one of our experienced speakers using our online form.

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.

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.

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!

Downloads

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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