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Information for Partnership Grant holders: reporting and support

Schools funded through the Partnership Grants scheme, including Tomorrow's climate scientists, will be asked to share their project progress with the Royal Society throughout their grant. Full details of what schools will be asked for as well as information about additional funding opportunities can be found below. 

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Contacts
Reporting
Additional funding
Sharing project knowledge

Contacts

You can contact the Schools Engagement team any time during your project via education@royalsociety.org. It is important to keep us up-to-date with any contact changes for the Lead teacher, STEM partner and Head Teacher/Principal so key communication to do with the grant can reach the right people. You should also inform us as soon as possible about any likely and/or significant expected changes to the project timeline and budget.

Please also contact us throughout your project with any general queries, questions or to let us know about progress and successes as they happen.

Reporting

Partnership Grant holders (including extension grant holders and those considered part of the Tomorrow's climate scientists programme) are required to submit a short update about their grant once a term, from the time they receive their funding to the time their project is completed. Once completed, more comprehensive end of project reporting will be required. The table below provides summary details of the reporting requirements and timing. Full details can be found in this reporting guidance (PDF)

Reporting  Content  Timing
Termly grant update

- A short, 5-10 minute, online survey (link provided).
- A new or updated scientific poster (template provided).

 

Every term, from grant payment to project completion (requests will come in October, February and May).

 End of project reporting

- Lead teacher online survey (link provided).
- STEM partner online survey (link provided).
- Student online survey (link provided).
- Written evaluative project summary; to include confirmation of budget spend and evidence of impact (guidance provided).
- Final scientific poster.

 

Once the main project has been completed.

Reporting requests are kept to a minimum throughout the year but allow us to see how your project is progressing and highlight relevant grants or opportunities available when and where appropriate. The information collected, especially the scientific poster, enables us to share the investigative work your school are undertaking more widely. We expect all grant holders to evaluate their project for the benefit of their Senior Leadership Team and STEM partner, but only require a brief overview to be submitted to the Society at the end of the project in the form of the evaluative project summary.

Reporting is a mandatory part of the Partnership Grant agreement, and if missed, may lead to a request for grant funding to be repaid. The termly grant updates are completed by the lead teacher, who can invite their STEM partner to contribute if desired, whereas the end of project reporting involves input from both. Please liaise between yourselves to ensure key reporting is completed by the deadlines requested. 

Additional funding

Film grants
Once your project in underway you can apply for a one off grant of £1,000 to support the production of two short films to showcase your Partnership Grant work and the impact it has had. The films can be used as a way to record progress over the duration of the project activity and share your achievements more widely. The grant should be used to purchase equipment needed to produce the films to a high sound and image quality and/or teacher cover costs. Please email the Schools Engagement team for more information and an application form.

Extension Grants
As you come to the end of your main project you can apply for an additional grant of £1,500 to extend your project, either to reach more students and/or schools or to continue investigating the project further, adding to the students’ experiences and skills. Please note: schools must still work with a STEM partner during the extension project and all reporting for the original project must be complete before a school can be awarded extension funding. Please email the Schools Engagement team for more information.

Sharing project knowledge

Social media
If you are sharing your project work via social media, please use #PartnershipGrants and tag the Royal Society (Twitter: @RoyalSociety, Facebook/Instagram: @theroyalsociety) so we can more easily spot your content and share.

STEM community
The STEM Community platform is run by STEM Learning Ltd and enables teachers to connect with their peers across the UK, sharing knowledge, resources and finding out about events and opportunities from organisations such as the Society.

Royal Society Partnership Grants: supporting research in the classroom: please join the general STEM Community group for the Partnership Grants scheme, aimed at teachers and STEM partners who are interested or already involved in the scheme. Become part of the discussions and share your project knowledge and experience with others.

If you have received a grant and are involved with an active project you can also request to be part of a closed group, called Royal Society: Partnership Grant Finalists. Here you can network with other teachers across the UK running Partnership Grant projects, as well as receive regular updates on opportunities and support from the Schools Engagement team.

Blog
We regularly look for stories to feature on our blog, sharing good practice from schools across the UK and inspiring others to apply for a grant. If you would like to write a story about your project in general or a specific aspect, for example; working across multiple schools, a special guest visit or event with parents related to your project, please email the Schools Engagement team for more information. Please include a short description of your story idea if you already have one.

Student presentations
The Student presentation sessions take place online and provide Partnership Grant schools at both primary and secondary level an informal opportunity to share their project work with Fellows of the Royal Society and those engaged closely with the scheme. These sessions will be run at various times throughout the school year and offer a chance to develop students' communication skills as well as meeting some of the UK’s most eminent scientists. Please email the Schools Engagement team if you would like to express interest in attending.

Student conference 2023
The student conference is a unique opportunity for secondary schools to present their work to peers, Fellows of the Royal Society and other invited guests in-person at the Royal Society in London. It is also a chance to develop students’ communications skills and experience of scientific conferences. Details of this opportunity will be shared with schools in advance. Please email the Schools Engagement team if you would like to express interest in attending.

Notebooks
You can request to be sent up to 10 copies of our lab notebooks for your students to use as they carry out their research projects. As well as space to record their work, the books also feature inspiring images of famous scientists’ lab books from the Royal Society archives. Photos of your students work in these books can be shared via social media, the STEM Community group or submitted as part of the project reporting Please email the Schools Engagement team if you would like to request these.

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