Tate & Lyle works together with Newham schools as part of new Applied Science GCSE

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Tate & Lyle and other manufacturing companies will provide real-life case studies for a new GCSE. The new GCSE in Applied Science (Double Award) has already been adopted by two schools in the London Borough of Newham, for Year 10 pupils (Key Stage 4). The GCSE, which encourages participation from UK manufacturing companies as a major accompaniment to the syllabus, has been designed with a view to giving students a realistic and practical grounding in the science of industry. Following Tate & Lyle's involvement in the Science Challenge in July 2002, a week-long science project for 28 'Gifted and Talented' students from Newham borough schools, science teacher Rob Jones (of Lister Community School) approached Tate & Lyle to work in partnership on the new GCSE syllabus. Visits to the London cane sugar refinery will form an integral part of the curriculum - providing real life examples of science fundamentals from a vocational perspective. The practical visits will encompass many subject areas including risk assessment, health and safety, microbiology, quality control, energy production and quantitative analysis. The course is much more vocational than the traditional GCSE, and consists of coursework modules totalling 66.6% with only 33.3% as a written exam. From their visits to the Tate & Lyle refinery, students will learn how to identify and prevent potential biological, physical and chemical hazards, fire safety and first aid procedures. Pupils will also experience how to carry out health and safety checks throughout the workplace. A key requirement of the syllabus is that students demonstrate competency in the disciplines of measuring, procedure and other quantitative analysis in industrial and scientific workplaces. Students will also learn about working with energy. From processes used at the refinery, students will learn how electricity is generated and how to capture and recycle waste energy. 'By taking the classroom into modern industry - students can experience science at work,' said Rob Jones, 'the syllabus directly relates science to its practical applications and demonstrates its relevance to the modern world. This is particularly important in an area such as East London. Tate and Lyle have provided a springboard of opportunity in an underrepresented subject for local pupils.' Through the Applied Science GCSE students learn the types of careers that are available, and what qualifications and skills are needed to perform those roles. Chris Fox, Director of Corporate Relations said 'Tate & Lyle is immensely proud to be involved in this GCSE, it fits well with our other education projects such as the Science Challenge. It is important that students understand the relevance of science to UK industry and the wide range of career opportunities that are available.' For more information contact: Rob Jones, Science Department, Lister Community School
020 8586 6083 / 020 8471 3311
The two schools in Newham teaching Applied Science GCSE are Brampton Manor and Lister Community School

About Tate & Lyle: 
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage and industrial markets.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global divisions, Food & Beverage Solutions and Primary Products, supported by the Innovation and Commercial Development and Global Operations teams. Food & Beverage Solutions is focused on growth by building leading positions globally in the categories of beverages, dairy, and soups, sauces and dressings. Primary Products is focused on delivering steady earnings and generating cash.

Food & Beverage Solutions consists of: Texturants, including speciality starches; Sweeteners, including low- and no-calorie sweeteners; and a Health and Wellness portfolio comprising mainly speciality fibres; and Stabilisers and Functional Systems, which are bespoke ingredient blends that ensure foods retain their structure.

Primary Products consists of high-volume sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants).  It also sells co-products from the corn milling process as animal nutrition.

Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2019, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.8 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.tateandlyle.com or follow Tate & Lyle on Twitter or Linkedin.