OUR FREE OFFER TO SCHOOLS
Working closely with Northern, we have a great offer for schools including a day out on the train and a visit to the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle providing with a learning experience in a new environment. Many children have never travelled by train so will be excited by this new experience. We are more than happy to host your visit at any time during the school year.
We hope that schools in Cumbria, Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead will take up our free offer.
Our officer, Fiona, will help you to plan your day out which will include:
- Complimentary rail travel along the Tyne Valley Railway to/from Haltwhistle introducing many children to the joys of travelling by train
- A rail safety briefing to your students about travelling safely and the dangers of playing near the tracks
- Maths activities to do whilst on the journey to Haltwhistle
- Diverse range of educational activities once at Haltwhistle, covering areas such as maths, art, geography, engineering, history and the environment.
Your visit will be hosted in and around the old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle, a Grade II listed structure with wifi, a unisex accessible toilet, small kitchen area, the original booking office windows, complete with the desk and ticket racks.
Visits can be tailored to meet the needs of the curriculum of different age groups. Please contact the TVCRP officer to discuss the options in the first instance.
WORK EXPERIENCE - YEAR 12 PLACEMENTS
During 2020, in response to an increased in the number of reports of trespass by children and young people onto railway property, TVCRP worked with other Community Rail Partnerships to develop initiatives to raise awareness of the dangers of trespassing.
FURTHER EDUCATION – NEWCASTLE COLLEGE RAIL ACADEMY
Since 2017, as part of the tripartite group with partners the Rail Academy and CrossCountry Trains, we have looked at ways in which we can help people to develop the skills required to be the rail employees of the future. CrossCounty have remained committed to this partnership, funding a classroom for Academy students.
Students have visited Haltwhistle during our Heritage Open Day events and have had the opportunity to meet former signalmen and learn about railway signalling; look at the redundant railway buildings and see the plans for their redevelopment.
One of the recent projects undertaken by Rail Academy students has been to analyse the impact of weather on the railway.
CAREERS IN THE RAIL INDUSTRY
There is a multitude of career options in the rail industry. As well as the obvious jobs - drivers, train managers and conductors, staff working at stations – there is a huge range of opportunities in marketing, finance, management, human resources, train planning, engineering, catering, signalling and more.
Many train companies offer industry placements for university students.
In 2018-19, with thr support of CrossCountry, we were able to provide a student with an internship and it is hoped that we will be able to do so again in the future.