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 (plus a free colouring book) 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.
FutureLearn 4-week course: Exploring Our Ocean - presented by the University of Southampton
Geography@Sea is an introduction to maritime geography, focusing on the production and transport of raw materials, showing why freight shipping is concentrated in certain regions and along certain shipping lanes.
Global Ocean Trade: slides from the World Shipping Council
The Green Blue: educational resources from this joint environmental initiative from British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association
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
My Skills My Life: an online quiz to show girls and young women a variety of jobs they may find interesting based on their personality types, determined by answering a set of questions.
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
RNLI Education Resources - categorised by age group from 3-18
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
STEM Resources for Children from the WISE campaign: Women in Science and Engineering
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 2021
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
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.