CEO update April 2020

Dear Supporter

I hope that you, your families, friends, and colleagues are well. We are sending this newsletter as schools settle into the summer term after the Easter holidays (albeit remotely). However, the ongoing closure of schools (to almost all students) has created many new and unprecedented challenges for school heads and teachers, as well as pupils and their families.

For many of our STEM Crew teachers and our partner schools whose pupils take part in our INEOS Rebels Crew sailing programme, we are aware that the priority has been ensuring the well-being of students, including access to regular meals and essential support for the most vulnerable. As we remember the fantastic work of health and care professionals at the moment, we’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of so many teachers as they look after their students and support their ongoing learning.

At the 1851 Trust, we appreciate that we are in a fortunate position. Our team and families have been well and, with the support of our current funders, we have been able to focus our efforts where we can best support young people at this time.

  • Our STEM Crew online platform ( has had a 50% increase in activity as different forms of home schooling become the norm. We have created new ways of connecting pupils, parents, and teachers with our free digital learning resources with the launch of Remote Learning Projects and introduced a series of fun, at home, practical activities demonstrated by the Team (Friction in Action); and are developing new resources to support teachers and young people. We are making sure each new activity is also available for teachers to print and distribute to those with limited online access, so that no pupil misses out.

If you have family and friends at home at the moment who might have fun joining in with these INEOS TEAM UK sailing-inspired challenges, please pass on this email (with its links) and to ask them to share their efforts with us directly at or on social media @1851Trust.

  • We continue to support the 60 partner schools and 20 inner city watersports centres involved in our INEOS Rebels Crew sailing programme, so that as many pupils as possible can benefit once restrictions are lifted. The sense of the outdoors, freedom, teamwork, collaboration, and real-world learning that sailing offers will be a much needed antidote to the current restrictions.

For those of you with time to read up on our recent activities, we are pleased to release our impact report from the 12 successful Maritime Roadshows for Girls that we delivered over the Autumn and Winter at which over 1,400 girls from 93 schools participated in a full day of maritime and STEM-inspired activities. With feedback from the girls on the day, and from their teachers back at school, the report highlights the long-term, positive changes in attitude and awareness our activities achieve.

In the meantime, I would personally like to thank INEOS and our other funders for their flexibility, to thank my colleagues for their commitment in responding to the present situation, and to ask that you too consider how you might support the Trust to increase its reach and impact for young people as we plan beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

Ben Cartledge


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