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Eton Connect coordinates over 1,000 cross-sector partnerships between schools, charities and other organisations working together for the benefit of children and teachers. Through research, digital resources, summer schools, visits and events, Eton Connect brings people together who are determined to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for young people. 

If you work for a school or children’s organisation and would like to hear about upcoming Eton Connect activities, please sign up to the Eton Connect Network and Events Platform. By registering you will receive our e-newsletter and be able to book onto upcoming events. Please note, this is a network for teachers, school staff and education professionals. You will be asked to register in connection to your school. Your account will be reviewed and activated by a member of the Eton Connect team.   

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Eton Connect Events & Activities

Eton Connect hosts and coordinates a range of free activities and events for local state-sector schools. These events include student and teacher conferences, open CPD opportunities in collaboration with CIRL, university interview preparation for local students, shared use of sports facilities, pupil visit days in Science and Student Leadership, and community open music opportunities. Through facilitating these events and activities at Eton College, we hope to engage our local community, supporting a culture of excitement in learning and aspiration building for young people.

Some examples of current and past events are:

Pupils Visit Days – Leadership

A day all about leadership skills for pupils of age 13-18. Pupils participate in workshops run by Eton teachers covering topics such as, Critical Thinking, Self-Leadership, Social Action and Career Education. The pupils can also practice their skills in observation and analysis in one of the College’s museums. Lunch is provided with time to meet pupils and staff from Eton. Visit dates are released on the Eton Connect Events Platform and can host up to 15 pupils per group.

The most valuable thing I learnt from the visit is, it’s not just about leading, it’s about teamwork, delegation, communication, responsibility and the importance of diversity.

Tanisha, Year 11, Upton Court Grammar School (Slough)

College Collections Visits

Local primary schools can book any of six different free activity-based sessions linked to the National Curriculum and taught in one of our three museums: Natural History Museum, Museum of Antiquities and Museum of Eton Life. Topics range from Fossils to the Victorians and more. Three of these sessions are also available as live video lessons for schools that cannot travel to Eton.  Visit the College Collection’s Schools page for more details and contact collections@etoncollege.org.uk to book.

For secondary schools and sixth form colleges, teachers are welcome to book a visit for their Key Stage 5 to enrich their learning with an object-based session. You can book a session tailored to support the Key Stage 5 syllabus, have a self-guided tour of the museums and/or temporary exhibitions, or combine the two to make the most of your visit. We also run occasional A-Level study days. Visit the Collection’s Colleges and Universities page for more information and contact collections@etoncollege.org.uk to book.

It was amazing to have access to these rare documents. It gave me a deeper understanding of our historic context.

Amir, Year 12, London Academy of excellence (Stratford)

Year 6 Science Afternoons

Launched in 2022, Eton College’s Science Department hosts an afternoon of workshops in Biology, Chemistry and Physics for local Year 6 primary school pupils. In biology they investigate owl pellets to discover what the owl had been eating. In physics, after a demonstration involving marshmallows, they investigate buoyancy. While in chemistry, after donning Eton Connect lab coats, they carry out a series of chemical experiments to create different reactions, before creating glow in the dark solutions. Dates are released on the Eton Connect Events Platform and are bookable by schools for groups of up to 40 pupils.

An excellent afternoon of scientific awe and wonder… The children were fascinated by each challenge and the half-an-hour sessions flew by in no time. The children loved using their hands for each stage and the whole afternoon was deeply enriching.

Mr Patmore, Lynch Hill Primary Academy (Slough)

Head Teachers and Staff Visit Days

On selected dates, Head Teachers and other staff from state-sector schools are welcome to visit Eton College to discuss partnership opportunities in digital leaning, Teaching & Leaning, research and Museum Learning. The day is designed for us to learn more about visiting schools and for teachers to hear about other educational opportunities available through Eton Connect.  

Visitors are also invited to lunch with Eton staff and a tour of the College with pupils. Visit dates are released on the Eton Connect Events Platform. Join the Eton Connect Network to view.

It was great to be able to visit Eton College and meet all the people behind Eton Connect. It’s hard to say which part of the trip was a highlight for me. I enjoyed everything on that day.

Careers Coordinator, Drayton Manor High School (London)

Teachers’ CPD and Conferences

In collaboration with CIRL, Eton Connect hosts free talks, CPD sessions and conferences for teachers.  Upcoming events are shared through the Eton Connect e-newsletter and the Eton Connect Events Platform.

Each month CIRL runs online talks from leading researchers and professionals. Subjects range from term to term, covering topics such as student wellbeing, AI for education or lesson observation and its applications.

Eton Connect and CIRL also work in partnership to host Teacher & learning Conferences at Eton College. Resent past events include:

  • The Science of Learning: Primary School Heads Workshop (June 2022). Read our news article for more details.
  • The Teaching and Learning Summit (July 2021), hosted in collaboration with InnerDrive. Watch the talks here.
  • The Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L+) Conference (March 2018-2020), hosted in collaboration with The Ogden Trust. Read our news article for more details.

Mock Oxbridge Interviews for local students

The aim of this yearly event is to recreate the environment and experience of a subject-specific interview at Oxford or Cambridge for local state school students. Around 100 students are supported each year. Every student attends an individual interview with either a teacher at Eton, Eton alumnus or industry professional appropriate to their field of study. At the end of the interview feedback is provided to the student. In past years, Oxbridge offers were made to between 30-40% of these students who also attended their official Oxbridge interviews. Students felt the experience helped build their confidence and made them better prepared for their official Oxbridge interview. 

During November, any state school students and teachers are also invited to join four free online Oxbridge preparation workshops. These workshops include, ‘What to Expect from Your Oxbridge Interview’, ‘Oxbridge Student Q&A’, ‘How Critical Thinking Can Improve Interview Skills’ and ‘Academic Tutorial Taster Session’. Teachers who would like their students to attend should sign up to the Eton Connect Network for details.

Thank you for all your support with our four Oxbridge candidates this year. It made a huge difference. All four have now received offers and are thrilled as are we – the most offers we have ever received in one year.

Ms Jenkins, Windsor Girls School

JOIN THE ETON CONNECT NETWORK

If you work for a school or children’s organisation and would like to hear about upcoming Eton Connect activities, please sign up to the Eton Connect Network and Events Platform. By registering you will receive our e-newsletter and be able to book onto upcoming events. Please note, this is a network for teachers, school staff and education professionals. You will be asked to register in connection to your school. Your account will be reviewed and activated by a member of the Eton Connect team.