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? Colouring book for 7+-year olds from the Society of Underwater Technology
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
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
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)
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.
The Maritime Skills Alliance is very pleased with the Government’s announcements this week about the Maritime Skills Commission.
Chairman Bill Walworth said: “This is really good news. The Government has taken on to the next stage the ambitions it set in its Maritime 2050 strategy, so we can start turning those ambitions into real value.
I’m also very pleased to see the work of the MSA recognised in a commitment that we will be part of the small group charged with shaping the Commission.
More ... Press Release on the MSC.