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Associate Schools and Colleges

The Associate Schools and Colleges scheme is a UK network of enthusiastic teachers and staff who share their experience and work with us in order to develop scientific expertise and promote excellence in science, computing and mathematics teaching.

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Membership of our network

The Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network is now closed for applications.

The network is comprised UK schools and colleges at all levels of primary and secondary education. Membership is free and lasts for an academic year. Please see our general eligibility criteria and application guidelines here.

2016 saw the launch of a new programme of activities and support for Associate Schools and Colleges to help them work towards the Royal Society’s Vision for science and mathematics education. For the academic year 2017/18 we are looking to expand the reach of the network and continue to develop the support program available.


The Associate Schools and Colleges network aims to raise the profile of biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics within participating schools and colleges at all levels of primary and secondary education.

Those participating in the network can raise their profile through the use of the charter mark and targeted support for activities, including access to scientists from the cutting edge of industry and academia. The network supports a culture of sharing best practice between teachers in all schools and colleges across the UK. Teachers also have the opportunity to feed their views into the work of the Royal Society as well as engaging with our other projects and activities. You can read a simple summary on our Associate Schools and Colleges leaflet.

The Royal Society benefits from working closely with teachers when we conduct researchrespond to policy consultations and create teaching resources. We ask teachers in participating schools and colleges to contribute to our work via a number of ways; responding to consultation surveys, reviewing draft teaching resources or participating in discussion focused events.

More information

Find out about the membership application and eligibility criteria if you are keen to join the Associate Schools and Colleges network.

Find out who is currently a member of the Associate Schools and Colleges network.

Associate Schools and Colleges blog