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PUBLISHED: 15:41 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

THE findings from the first phase of a project helping to mentor gifted and talented students are being presented tomorrow during a careers fayre.

Pupils throughout Waveney are currently being offered a unique opportunity to help raise their aspirations in maths and science through six innovative modules.

THE findings from the first phase of a project helping to mentor gifted and talented students are being presented tomorrow during a careers fayre.

Pupils throughout Waveney are currently being offered a unique opportunity to help raise their aspirations in maths and science through six innovative modules.

The first part is now complete and those enrolled from Saint Felix Schools, in Southwold, and Gisleham Middle School, amongst others, will be sharing their expertise at Halesworth Middle School, from 2pm.

During their research of how science and maths is applied in the workplace, groups of students were invited into six businesses across the area including Cefas, at Pakefield, and Africa Alive! at Kessingland.

While they were there they recorded interviews with the professionals about how they use the two subjects within their working criteria, in a move to show the benefits of both subjects and future opportunities available.

Tomorrow they will present their findings in powerpoint presentations, and some of the companies, as well as smaller companies and professional individuals will be available to give information.

The two-year project is targeted at gifted and talented pupils in years seven and eight and has seen more than £70,000 cascaded down through a grant from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The project being hosted by the Waveney Community Forum is headed up by Beth Derks, who wrote the concept, and Wietske Hendriksen, project co-ordinator, who is helping her to implement it.

Each school has a gifted and talented pupil co-ordinator, but Beth and Wietske have attracted volunteer mentors who are willing to give their time up to help students achieve their potential.

Other modules during the project will include strategic thinking, science and sport and how to measure the body's biochemistry and energy consumption.

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