It can be difficult to get a response from schools, especially if you are attempting to contact them for the first time. Below are a few tips…
The personal approach – using a named contact always works better than using a general title like ‘Head of Science’.
Existing contacts – do you or any of your colleagues already know somebody at that school that could either be contacted directly or asked who would be the most appropriate contact? You could also try colleagues in your Faculty Outreach Team or the Education School if your immediate team doesn’t have a contact. If you do get contact information from a colleague, mention their name in your initial approach to make contact.
Visiting in person or picking up the phone can be much more effective than an email.
Find out where teachers might be, for example other events around the university, and go and meet them face to face.
Different approaches work best with different schools. Persevere!
Making contact without the correct person within a large institution like a university can be difficult. Below are a few tips…