Testimonials & Pics

Some of the feedback letters and emails received after workshops in schools and corporate events.

Washingborough Academy, Lincolnshire

Washingborough Academy, Lincolnshire

 Right from the word go, our children were fully and completely enthused; this fully ‘hands-on’ approach was the perfect educational ‘pick-me-up’ to the post-Christmas bleary-eyed slump. Our sincerest thanks to Jacqui for creating the most unique & gifted form of experience; bucket-loads of learning matched only by the shed-load of fun that the children (and us grown-ups) experienced within our Forensic Workshop;  I’ve never seen the hour and minute hands race so quickly towards 3:20, than when 90 children and three adults were all geared up in white forensic suits, gloves and masks . . . A perfect blend of learning and enjoyment.  I ‘suspect’ our children will remember this fabulous workshop event for quite some time to come!   Our sincerest thanks, UKS2 teachers at Washingborough Academy      ...

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St Swithuns School, Winchester

St Swithuns School, Winchester

Fingers on the science pulse …………… On Tuesday 19th November external agency Pulse came to St Swithun’s to provide our year 8 pupils and our invited guest pupils [girls who will be joining us in year 9] with a forensic science workshop. Jacqui quickly gained their attention with her questions and excellent explanation of what the day would involve. From the very beginning the girls were fully engaged in a wide range of stretch and challenge activities. During the morning session all pupils were involved in practical, ‘hands-on’ CSI activities, which included learning about the processes and applications used at a crime scene such as fingerprinting using magnetic powder and black ink. The girls also looked at footwear castings and footprints, in addition to looking at hair and fibres. The last part of this session covered the collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene and the importance of evidence retrieval in a court of law. During the afternoon all the girls eagerly donned a white SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer) suit, gloves, mask and overshoes and proceeded to apply their newly acquired skill-set to their group crime scenes before investigating and reporting their findings with the help of suspect profiles. Throughout the day there was a wonderful buzz of excitement as the girls learnt new skills and tried to solve the mystery, gaining confidence in their own thoughts and how to communicate ideas to different groups. By the end of the day each girl had a very good overall knowledge of forensic science and its applications used at a crime scene. The response from the girls to the day was fantastic and there was universal agreement that it had been one of the best year group team – building activity days which they had experienced. Year 8 comments about their day included the following: “Acting out the part of a forensic scientist and working with my colleagues as a team to solve the crime – that was the best part“ “Please can we do this again?  The leader Jackie made the whole day so interesting. Dressing up and imagining that we were really at a crime scene looking at the forensic evidence was brilliant” “It was great fun. I particularly liked taking my own fingerprints and then turning them into a key ring as a memento!” Pippa Giles (Head of Year 8)                                                                                                     St Swithun’s School, Winchester SO21...

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INSET Testimonials (South East)

INSET Testimonials (South East)

I found the course on Forensic Science extremely interesting and informative. The activities and the workshop that can emerge from it are fantastic and perfectly suited to KS3 pupils. The techniques demonstrated are the ones used by professional SOCOs and although the forensic equipment does come cheap plenty of tips and ideas of alternative techniques are also given making forensic science affordable. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to any KS2-KS3 science teacher. Many thanks again Jacqui for such an enjoyable day! Aude Houssaye (Science Teacher)  Rokeby School, George Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey   I particularly liked having the opportunity to use the actual equipment used in the field and feel this added to the authenticity of the crime scene scenario we processed in the afternoon session.  I am sure my students will enjoy the chance to wear the protective clothing and to participate in a similar crime reconstruction.  I found Jacqui’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject matter inspiring and I’m looking forward to setting up our course at school. Jill Thompson (Science Teacher)  The Stephen Perse Pre-Prep School, Cambridge Road, Madingley, Cambridge...

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Edmund Waller Primary School, London SE14

Edmund Waller Primary School, London SE14

The workshop and Jacqui were absolutely fantastic!  The children learnt and rehearsed new skills in the morning and used them to investigate the crime scenes in the afternoon which was perfect.  I have never seen the children maintain their focus for a whole day on anything before … I was amazed and incredibly pleased!  Dressing up in the suits and using the equipment was a wonderful experience (for the teachers too!!).  They were learning all the time and they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  It was great to see our ‘hands on’ children excelling and taking a leadership role – it was great for their confidence and self esteem.  The workshop was perfect for the CSI Waller Forensic Science Week we’re running and was a brilliant way to launch our investigation.  Thank you so much! Edmund Waller Primary School, Waller Road, London SE14 5LY Mrs Helen Winter (Year 6...

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Minster School, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Minster School, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

What an amazing day! We booked Jacqui to come to our school to deliver her full forensic workshop day to a joint group of Yr 5 and Yr 7 students. From the moment we started until way past the end of the day, the buzz from the students was phenomenal. The logistics of the operation are significant (imagine planning a six hour practical lesson for 80 students!) but Jacqui sailed through the whole thing with ease – it was a most impressive operation. Before the workshop, Jacqui made organisation from the school end very simple – a quick response to queries, all the paperwork you could hope for, and the information on the website to back it up. On the day, despite the volume of equipment looking quite daunting, Jacqui managed it all with the efficiency of someone well practiced. It says a lot that she has so much practice with her workshop, she is obviously busy as a result of being successful and what she delivers is the reason she is successful. During the day, Jacqui engaged brilliantly with the students. They looked at fingerprint, hand prints, footprints, hair samples, fibre samples – that was just in the morning. One of the best things was that the students all got hands on practice doing this and they got to take their own ‘identity’ away with them – carefully packaged up samples showing their footprints and everything. Everything the students needed to do this was provided too which is another reason why the day ran so smoothly. It must be said that by now, almost everyone else in the school was suffering in extreme envy. Why didn’t we get to do that (from the Yr8’s). I can’t believe how lucky they are (from Yr12!!). I just want to see what is going on – it looks like fun (Yr 11). And those comments were made before the students started on the afternoon activity. From the moment I walked back into the classroom, having left 30 odd Yr 5’s to get changed, I knew the day had been a stunning success. The students looked simply spectacular in their white suits and masks. I forced them all to gather in the playground whilst the rest of the school were still out on their lunchbreak – they didn’t care. The older students couldn’t help themselves and smiled as the Yr 5 and...

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Kelsey Primary School, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

Kelsey Primary School, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

What a fantastic day!  We had mixed class of twenty two Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils including two looked after children and three with statements. They were all totally engaged for the whole day and are still talking about it nearly two weeks later. We have had wonderful feedback from both teachers, children and parents.  The workshop ensured that all children became motivated and engaged in science and other areas of the curriculum that they didn‘t even realise they were doing. All of the sessions were very well organised and resourced. In the morning session the CEOP element was really effective.  The children then went onto to teams and practice a variety of skills including: dusting and identifying fingerprints; collecting shoe prints and identifying fibres.  All of these skills prepared the children for a brilliant afternoon of crime scene investigation. A crime scene had been set up and the children were given a content and a list of suspects.  They applied the morning’s skills effectively and collected evidence to inform their conclusion of the murderer. The children really enjoyed the whole day!  Thank you for making it so wonderful! Magnus Smedley (Headteacher) Kelsey Primary School, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire...

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