Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Age Range/Suitability

Our virtual reality workshops are suitable for KS2 and above. We predominately work with all of KS2 in a day. Although we’ve not worked with a lot of secondary schools, some of our workshops will be suitable for KS3. Ask a member of the PrimeVR team for what we recommend.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any workshops for KS1 at this time. It’s recommended that children under the age of 7 don’t use VR headsets.

A Typical Day

We like to deliver a minimum of four workshops in a day and a maximum of eight.

In a typical day, we deliver our workshops for a total of four hours. This time can be distributed across classes as you see fit. We do however recommend workshops only lasting for a maximum of 50 minutes.

If we work with four classes in a day, each workshop will last approximately 50 minutes.

If we work with six classes in a day, each workshop will last approximately 40 minutes.

If we work with eight classes in a day, each workshop will last approximately 30 minutes.

Workshop times vary based on the number of classes we work with in a day and the particular topics chosen. We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes for a workshop and a maximum of 50 minutes.

Every class can choose a different workshop to suit their current topic. For example, in a typical day, we may deliver Ancient Egypt to Year 3, the Romans to Year 4, Outer Space to Year 5 and the Rainforest to Year 6. Each workshop comes with a follow up literacy lesson plan for teachers to use with their class following our visit.

If we work with a one-form entry school, a day will typically look like this:

9:30am – 10am: Arrival time and set up

10am – 10.50am: Workshop 1

11am – 11:50am: Workshop 2

12pm – 1pm: Charging time

1pm – 1.50pm: Workshop 3

2pm – 2.50pm: Workshop 4

If we work with a two-form entry school, a day will typically look like this:

9:30am – 10am: Arrival time and set up

10am – 10.30am: Workshop 1

10.30am – 11am: Workshop 2

11am – 11.30am: Workshop 3

11.30am – 12pm: Workshop 4

12pm – 1pm: Charging time

1pm – 1.30pm: Workshop 5

1.30pm – 2pm: Workshop 6

2pm – 2.30pm: Workshop 7

2.30pm – 3pm: Workshop 8

Equipment

Our virtual reality headsets are smartphone based and use Android devices. A central tablet controls every Android device during the workshop to ensure everything runs smoothly.

We bring in 16 VR headsets and we prefer to run our workshops with a full class. We recommend pupils sharing one between two during the workshops to allow regular breaks and to encourage pupils to share what they’ve seen.

We bring in 16 VR headsets.

Preparing for the day

Once you’ve chosen your date and confirmed a booking, we will send through an email with all the details you’ll need. This includes a template risk assessment that can be adapted to suit your school's needs.

In addition to a risk assessment, we provide a timetable for the day, a template contribution letter/parental consent form, DBS certificates and public liability insurance documentation.

If possible, we need to have one base for the day. It can take up to 20 minutes in between workshops to disconnect all of the equipment, move to another room and reconnect everything.

We prefer to run our workshops in a normal classroom with pupils sat at tables and chairs. If this is not possible, we can also run our workshops in a small hall but we would kindly ask for pupils to be sat on the floor whilst using the headsets.

Making a booking

To check our availability, please fill in an enquiry form at https://www.primevr.co.uk/vr-workshops and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

PrimeVR team members are based across the UK, including Lancashire, Oxfordshire, Kent and the West Midlands. We include a 20 mile travel radius from your PrimeVR team member’s address in the cost of a full day. If your school is outside of this 20-mile radius, we will include an additional 45p per mile onto the cost of your day.

If your school is further than two hours away from a PrimeVR team member, we will need to include the cost of accommodation for the night before. This cost will be equivalent to a local Premier Inn/Travel Lodge local to your school.

Health & Safety

Virtual reality headsets can make a small percentage of pupils feel dizzy. To minimise this, we recommend pupils sharing one headset between two to allow frequent breaks.

We also provide virtual reality headsets without straps so that pupils can easily remove the headset if they don’t feel comfortable.

 We recommend that pupils who suffer from epilepsy consult with their doctor before using virtual reality.

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Stuart Gent
Founder & South Lead

Stuart is a qualified teacher and set up PrimeVR in 2017 after finishing on the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme. Since starting PrimeVR, Stuart has been into over 100 schools across the country delivering VR workshops across KS2 and KS3.

“I love seeing and hearing the awe and wonder that VR creates in the classroom. It really helps to bring a topic to life and immerse pupils in a different world”.


Tom Yates
Co-founder

Tom is a serial entrepreneur and loves all things digital. After seeing the potential of VR in the classroom, Tom jumped at the opportunity to help Stuart set up PrimeVR. Tom is responsible for maintaining this slick website and ensuring people can find us on online.

“I wish VR was around when I was at school. It’s difficult for children to understand something when they’ve no idea or experience of a topic. I think VR is a great way of overcoming this"


Matt Short
Midlands Lead

Matt is an experienced primary school teacher and Computing subject lead who has always been interested in finding new and innovative ways for engaging pupils in their learning. He joined the PrimeVR team in 2018 after seeing the positive impact VR can have in the classroom.

"After hearing the 'wow's from pupils when they look into the headsets, I knew the potential virtual reality could have to ignite pupils' curiosity like nothing I had experienced before in the classroom. From that moment, I knew I had to join the team and spread that awe and wonder to other schools."


Oliver Stringer
North Lead

Oliver is a qualified primary school teacher and has experience of teaching across all of KS2. After completing his PGCE course at Bath Spa University, Oliver worked in a number of schools across the North West. He is passionate about delivering engaging and practical lessons that help to bring the curriculum to life.

"I've been teaching for over five years and I've never seen technology deliver the level of engagement that virtual reality does. It really helps to bring a topic to life and inspire pupils with their writing"


Leah Barrow
Workshop Associate

Leah has over three years of experience in schools. She is currently studying for a Masters in Sports Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Leah is a talented 800m athlete and over the past few years she’s been into primary schools across the North West delivering motivational talks. Leah joined the PrimeVR team in January 2019 and she’ll be delivering workshops across Yorkshire.


Chris Baker
Workshop Associate

Chris has worked with children and teenagers over the past five years through various roles. Working as a cover supervisor in secondary schools across Kent and as an NCS programme leader has provided Chris with a wealth of experience. Chris is an avid rugby player and loves to travel. He joined the team in February 2019 and he’ll be delivering workshops across Kent, Surrey, Essex and Sussex.

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