Is there any obligation?
Absolutely not – if we do not get a good response from our forms then the school are not under any obligation.
How do the courses run?
A day/time will be agreed with ourselves and the school as well as the start date. We would then send our instructors to the school to deliver the course. We do try and send the same instructor to the school for the duration of the course where possible. We provide all materials required for each class and do not need any school staff to be present as the classes are never too large for the instructor to handle. In the case that we get over 25 responses we run more than 1 class at the same time.
Who are the instructors?
They are mostly undergraduates in either science or education and are fully trained by Mad Science to deliver our classes. They have all undertaken an enhanced CRB check by us and have all had previous experience working with children of primary school age.
Copies of our instructors CRB checks can be supplied to the school upon request
We have public liability insurance of no less than £5 million – a copy of this can be supplied to the school upon request
We have risk assessment documents for all the activities and demonstrations that we do – a copy of this can be supplied to the school upon request
Child Protection Policy
We have a child protection policy – a copy can be supplied to the school upon request
Health & Safety
This is of primary concern to Mad Science and we ensure all our instructors are thoroughly trained in all aspects of health and safety whilst the children are within their care. We ask that all children attending a Mad Science programme adhere to basic behavioural guidelines and our instructors are trained to set clear boundaries and expectations as to appropriate conduct.
What does the cost include?
The cost includes all the equipment and staff required to run the course and also the take-home items that the children will receive after each session - these are high quality, packaged, branded goods that allow the child to continue the learning after the club has finished – for example when the children learn about optical illusions they will build a periscope, and with the magnets class they will receive a floating magnet set.
What age are the after school clubs appropriate for?
The clubs are appropriate for ages 4-12 yrs. Where we have a good enough response to run more than 1 class we split them according to age. Our programmes are delivered using hands–on activities so even when we find ourselves with a mixed age group our instructors are trained to make it appropriate for all children present – ensuring it neither goes over the heads of the young ones nor is too simple for the older ones.
What subjects do you cover at the after school club?
Our after school clubs are enrichment programmes so are an opportunity for children interested in science to build on what they are learning at school. The clubs also attract children who normally do not have a great interest in science (usually because they find it ‘boring’) but are excited by the high energy, fun, hands-on way of enjoying science that we offer.
Why Mad Science after school club?
Many schools are limited these days with resources for specific subjects so it is a fantastic way for children to experience some great scientific equipment at an early age. It may also not be possible for a school to run their own science club due to lack of resources or staff. The vast majority of feedback we receive from parents is that the Mad Science after School club has increased their child’s interest in science which can only help to improve the currently poor figures of young children studying science at higher levels!! A recent Ofsted report has also highlighted that the schools showing the best performance in science are schools where the scientific enquiry model is used-Mad Science actively encourages this process throughout its programmes helping young children become comfortable and confident in its use.
How Many Children in a group?
We will need a minimum of 18 and maximum of 25 children in a group in order to commence a programme.