Here are links to a range of resources about the maritime sector which schools (and others) might find useful. We're particularly grateful to Nick Harvey of Seafarers UK and Jamie Bullar of London Nautical School for their recommendations.
If you know of something else which isn't here and should be, please let us know. And please tell us what you think: feedback will help us to point schools to the most suitable resources for them.
Scotland: Skills for Work Maritime Skills National 5, at SCQF Level 5
Scotland: the National Progression Award in Maritime Studies, at SCQF Level 5
Adopt A Ship: Intermanager's adopt-a-ship programme
Buoys, beacons and bananas: education resources for Key Stages 1,2 & 3 from Trinity House
Can a lobster be an archaeologist? Book from the Society of Underwater Technology created as a way of making young people aware of some of the many career opportunities that the ocean offers and to spark interest in readers as early as possible in their school lives. Key target: ages 10-12.
Global Ocean Trade: slides from the World Shipping Council
Marine CSI Challenge: An initiative from the joint British Marine / RYA "Green Blue" environmental programme
Maritime SuperSkills project: teaching resources for Key Stages 2, 3 & 4
National Maritime Museum: resources for Key Stages 1-3
National Oceanography Centre teaching resources, eg Ocean Currents, Life on the Sea Floor, Predicting Ocean Change
Saildrone: an autonomous Saildrone circumnavigates Antarctica in 196 days
Sea Cadets' Marine Engineering Pathway. Engineering "pods" which you can book to visit your school.
STEMCREW - STEM teaching resources for Key Stages 3 & 4 from the 1851 Trust
The Box: the BBC followed a shipping container for a year
The role of seafarers - teaching resources for children aged 5 to 11 from the Mission to Seafarers
World Ocean Day for Schools - 8th June 2020
Containerisation: the unsung hero of globalisation? An article from the Geographical Association for AS/A2 students
Guide to an Offshore Wind Farm: Crown Estate: it's not designed as teaching material, but it's well set out and packed with useful information.
Live Shipping Map: find and track ships across the world
Mayflower 2020: an autonomous vessel aims to cross the Atlantic 400 years after the original Mayflower
Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches? - BBC article
Why Shipping Matters: 7 minute video introducing the Institute for Chartered Shipbrokers' free resource pack for primary schools (Key Stage 2)
Career Job Cards from British Marine
Opportunities to work at sea: a suite of 12 videos from Seafarers UK
"Sea Your Future" from IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)
Blog: Rachel Kitley, Principal of Cowes Enterprise College, on "How we created a new maritime studies curriculum", January 2020
Offshore wind developer, Vattenfall, worked with four
young women studying A levels at University Technical College Norfolk, taking
them as consultants to the Netherlands to work with peers there to share
detailed insights into the roles and skills it takes to build a wind farm. Details here.
Wightlink has launched a partnership with three primary schools on the
Isle of Wight.
SQA is reviewing the Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Occupations, both deck and engine versions (GA6G 57 & GA6F 57) and the Scottish equivalent, the National Certificate in Shipping and Maritime Operations at SCQF Level 6 (G9GW 46).
They are all widely used for pre-cadetship programmes, but they were designed a decade or so ago. Are they doing the job they are now used for? Could they do more, eg by preparing the way for other occupations? Shajan Lukose from Fleetwood Nautical Campus is managing the review for SQA and plans to contact every centre currently offering these qualifications. If you are not on the current centre list and want to talk to him anyway, please get in touch.
There's more information here: Diploma Review briefing paper.