OCT Learning Programme: Outreach

Through our Schools Outreach programme, we’ve made many of the NMA’s Ocean-linked activities available to teachers and educational event organisers at venues other than the National Marine Aquarium, including: 

  • Education institutions (e.g. Schools, Colleges & Universities) 
  • Outdoor environments (e.g. Beaches, estuaries & rocky shores  
  • Third party private hire venues (e.g. Scout halls, civic centres & libraries) 
  • Large scale events & conferences (e.g. national exhibitions, conferences & student events) 

We understand that finding the right fit is important, when it comes to outsourcing your education, and that’s why we’ve put together a tried and tested outreach menu that we’re confident can cater for any occasion – from single class workshops to multiday national events support. 

We offer 4 types of outreach engagement: 

Classroom workshops (32 students / £150) – a selection of our award winning, 90 minute, curriculum-linked workshops which we’re able to deliver at indoor venues, including classrooms. Typically workshops include one or more of the following elements: 

  • Virtual Reality use 
  • Artefact handling 
  • Science experiments 
  • Arts & craft design activities 

“Our Outreach Officer was brilliant with the children and they thoroughly enjoyed their learning experience. The visit was very well organised and met our learning outcomes.” – Ms Dixon, KS1 teacher, Mountfield Primary School 

Outdoor learning workshops (32 students / £150) – similar to the Classroom workshops in duration and themes, these Learning Outside the Classroom certified, 90-minute activities have been developed specifically to enhance school trips to the coast. 

STEM shows & assemblies (no audience size limit / £100) – our STEM shows have been developed as real crowd pleasers, ideally suited to events with large audiences, or as an exciting conclusion to a day of Classroom workshops these themed stage shows come highly recommended. Typically our STEM shows include the following elements: 

  • Mass audience participation 
  • Specific volunteer opportunities 
  • STEM demonstrations 

Stand operation / mobile busking & event stewarding (Price on enquiry) – from careers fairs to STEM showcases, our team are experts at standing out from the crowd and inspiring students with tales from the Aquarium and 1:1 engagements that give a glimpse into the exciting world of Marine Science. Ask for further details 

Every event we attend is a bespoke booking, we’ll work with you to customise as much (or little!) as you like no matter the size of your event to ensure you and your students get the very best experience. 

Schools Outreach Guide 2023-2024

Click below to download further information about our Schools Outreach Programme, including detailed Learning Outcomes and National Curriculum links for each of our activities. 


To book, or for more information: Call us at 01752 275 233 or email learning@oceanconservationtrust.org

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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