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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 and mathematics teaching.

Applying for this scheme

The Associate Schools and Colleges scheme is now closed for applications until mid-2017.

We accept applications from primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges and from both the state sector and independent sector. For information on how to apply, read the eligibility criteria and application guidelines.

Alternatively, contact us for more information about becoming an Associate School or College.

The Associate Schools and Colleges network aims to raise the profile of biology, chemistry, computing and physics within participating schools. It provides targeted support for activities and helps provide access to scientists from industry and academia. It also aims to support a culture of sharing best practice by teachers, both within the school and externally, and raise awareness of the Societies activities with the education community.

The Royal Society launched its Vision for science and mathematics education in June 2014 and a review of the Associate Schools and Colleges took place the following year looking for new ways to support the Vision in those schools and colleges linked with us.

We have been working since then to put that programme into place, and members of the network will see a number of new events, offers and activities coming out over the next year.


Being a part of the Associate Schools and Colleges network gives teachers the opportunity to have their say and to feed their views into the work of the Royal Society as well as engaging with our projects and activities.

Members of the scheme receive:

  • A certificate and charter mark which will identify your school or college as an Associate School or College via your own website and promotional material
  • Support to increase the profile of your school or college within the community
  • Support to increase the profile of science within your school or college
  • Access to industry and academic scientists engaged with cutting edge research and trained to engage with the public
  • Events and opportunities for teachers to develop subject confidence and expertise
  • Access to resources and expertise specific to the Royal Society

The Royal Society benefits from working closely with teachers when we conduct research, respond to policy consultations and create teaching resources. We ask teachers in participating schools to contribute to our work, for example by responding to a consultation, reviewing teaching resources or participating in an event.

Participating schools and colleges

Learn more about the participating schools and colleges in the Associate Schools and Colleges network.