Teaching outside the box

Our Subject in a Box initiative is a ground-breaking project designed to engage with hard to reach students ages 14-15 years, whilst supporting the GCSE curriculum.

Subject in a Box is an imaginative, innovative way of supporting schools, engaging with hard to reach students and pragmatically supporting the GCSE curriculum (Year 10 pupils) that’s accessible, easy to use, fun and sustainable.

Each box has had input from one of our University academics and enables teachers of year 10 students to provide their class with a unique insight into degree-level study whilst providing an engaging, interactive lesson, suitable for their current level of learning.

Schools choose the subject(s) they are interested in and order the boxes online, completely free of charge. Schools are sent a box which comes complete with a lesson plan, presentation, worksheets and the equipment required to deliver the lesson.

Since its launch in January 2017, the programme has reached 4,052 children, across 52 schools and colleges.

How it works

Rocket in a Box

How it helps

It was fun to use the solar telescope; the best bit was comparing our work to the NASA website. I want to study more space subjects when I’m older, so this has helped.

Year 10 student Beaumont Leys School

The class got really involved and thoroughly enjoyed the lesson. They created some imaginative responses and the props definitely made for a more engaging lesson! This allowed them to see the fun they can have with creative writing which might hopefully inspire some to take their interest further.

Teacher Limehurst Academy

I really enjoyed the politics session. We don’t really study this at GCSE, so it was interesting finding out what is involved in creating a political campaign.

Year 10 student Granville Academy