The Problem Solving Company - Celebrating 17 years of working with schools

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As The Problem Solving Company enters its 17th year of operation, we thought we would tell the readers of Plan My School Trip a little bit about us, our ethos and what we offer to schools.

The Problem Solving Company is run by Will and Tim who have a background in council run outdoor education LEA centres and other commercial establishments throughout the UK.

The company was initially started to allow greater access to the many students that did not have the opportunity to engage with outdoor education.

During the years working within the industry many teachers commented on the value of the group interactions that would take place during the “problem solving” sessions. These were participated in between the activities such as mountain walking and canoeing. It was these positive interactions such as communication, working together and the building of trust that The Problem Solving Company was founded.

Our current operation is a long way from those early days where we ran small scale team building days with one or two instructors. We now work with hundreds of thousands of young people a year, with multiple teams of instructors on the road visiting schools across the UK.

As well as the increased number of schools we work with, the products that we offer has increased significantly over the years.

Maths Workshops



We have created a unique take on maths to demonstrate to pupils (and teachers) that mathematics is a subject of discovery and exploration. We leave the pupils with a great feeling of satisfaction and success, and as the pupils leave the workshops, we often hear the words - maths is great, or - I didn't realise we were

doing maths! which hopefully inspires them to approach maths with a new direction in the future.

Our hands on Maths Workshops
https://www.theproblemsolvingcompany.co.uk/maths-workshops/

have been designed for pupils as young as EYFS all the way through to Year 10 students at Secondary School. Each school visit allows us to create a bespoke timetable to fit in your timing requirements and desired numbers of students.

School Escape Rooms



Since 2016 we have offered our Escape Room Experience to schools.
https://www.theproblemsolvingcompany.co.uk/primary-school-codebreaking-workshops/

With are bespoke Escape Boxes we have challenged pupils from KS2 through to groups of teachers.

As the challenge begins groups will be working in teams to find the key to turn off a timer. The route, however, is full of codes and puzzles to crack all based around your chosen topic! Currently on offer is a range of maths, science, history and a purely team building focused escape.

Team Building Days



Our School Team Building Days
https://www.theproblemsolvingcompany.co.uk/school-team-building/

are on offer for EYFS all the way through to sixth form and college students. We even run days for universities and teacher training days.

These days may be for a class of 30 or perhaps a larger day for an entire school. We have run days for over 1200 students at the same time.

As well as hundreds of team challenges that are run with our bespoke equipment, we can offer Laser Tag, Crazy Golf and Bushcraft for your team days.

Whichever options you choose The Problem Solving Company will arrive early to transform the area that you have designated us for the activities. This may be on your school field, sports hall, or AstroTurf. We realise that schools are busy places and certain times of year, like exam season, some spaces will not be available. We are therefore not strangers to working in classrooms, dance studios and canteens.

We will always be setup for the start of the school's first lesson. The day will start with an introduction about the day/session and the learning objectives helping students to set goals for the day. The key learning points will be kept fresh in the students minds through the activities.

Before the end of the day bell, students will review their performance in a relaxed way with their instructors before heading home for the day.

Our Staff



Unlike so many companies we operate all year. This gives our team of lead instructors a breadth of experience that you cannot get with a seasonal team hired for July and September.

As well as an all year round operation The Problem Solving Company draw on experience from a range of backgrounds such as teaching, outdoor education, and the police force to name a few.

Experience is key and our feedback speaks for itself.

Where do you Operate?



We operate at your school!

We are a mobile service that brings everything that is needed to you. This helps avoid barriers to participation such as budget constraints and the red tape involved in taking students off the school site.

How much is it



We charge by how many instructors we send to your school. This starts at £595.00 plus VAT for one instructor for the day. This rate does reduce to £450.00 plus VAT per instructor when multiple instructors are booked for larger days. There are no surprise additional costs such as travel and accommodation, it’s all included.

If you are interested in finding out more about what we offer, please visit: http://www.theproblemsolvingcompany.co.uk

You can email us at info@theproblemsolvingcompany.co.uk

or give Tim a call in the office on 01335 324820


If you are interested in hearing a bit more about how The Problem Solving Company can help you with planning your next school visit then why not get in touch here.

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Science School Escape Rooms
Science School Escape Rooms
Science School Escape Rooms

Have you experienced the excitement of an Escape Room? We've turned it on its head for schools. Your pupils will have to solve a series of puzzles, locked up in a box, to find the key to stop the timer! Are yours pupils up for the challenge?
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Maths Puzzle Activity Day
Maths Puzzle Activity Day
Maths Puzzle Activity Day

Get your pupils thinking with a fantastic puzzle day! Lots of hands on games and puzzles will be brought into your school for teams of pupils to bring their minds together to solve.
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Maths School Escape Rooms
Maths School Escape Rooms
Maths School Escape Rooms

Have you experienced the excitement of an Escape Room? We've turned it on its head for schools. Your pupils will have to solve a series of puzzles, locked up in a box, to find the key to stop the timer! Are yours pupils up for the challenge?
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Egyptian School Escape Rooms
Egyptian School Escape Rooms
Egyptian School Escape Rooms

Have you experienced the excitement of an Escape Room? We've turned it on its head for schools. Your pupils will have to solve a series of puzzles, locked up in a box, to find the key to stop the timer! Are yours pupils up for the challenge?
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WW2 School Escape Rooms
WW2 School Escape Rooms
WW2 School Escape Rooms

Have you experienced the excitement of an Escape Room? We've turned it on its head for schools. Your pupils will have to solve a series of puzzles, locked up in a box, to find the key to stop the timer! Are yours pupils up for the challenge?
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Team Building Days
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School Transition Days
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STEM coding workshops
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Whole-School Creative Maths Days
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