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STEM links and contacts

There are many organisations in the UK dedicated to supporting STEM teaching. We strongly encourage those in the network to link with as many of these as possible to benefit from the networks, resources and subject specific support.

A member of the public engaging with exhibits at the Summer Science Exhibition

STEM general

• Association for Science Education (ASE) – is the largest subject association in the UK and the professional body for all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education, with members including teachers, technicians and advisers. It has regions that provides support across all STEM subjects via
representatives and they run a number of local events across the year. (organisation)

• STEM Learning - The National STEM Learning Centre is a physical and online hub for support and materials that can be used in STEM education. They provide a core service of CPD and online support for the education sector across the UK, as well as a range of additional products and services. (organisation)

• STEM Ambassadors - The STEM Ambassadors are representatives of national and more local STEM employers who are keen to help engage people with their field of work and encourage students to pursue a career in STEM. They support thousands of schools, colleges to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. (scheme)

• Primary Science Teaching Trust - The  Primary Science Teaching Trust aims to support primary science teachers, supporting groups and research. They run a Primary Science Teacher College and a Cluster Programme as well as having a number of academic collaborators that support the development of science teaching at this level. (organisation)

• CREST Awards - The CREST Awards is a UK award scheme that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work.  It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant. (scheme)

Subject specific

• Royal Society of Biology - The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology and represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. It advises Government, influencing policy, helps to support the advancement of education and professional development, supports members and encourages the public interest in the life sciences. The Royal Society of Biology’ has a Schools and Colleges Affiliation Scheme (SCAS). Your school or college can benefit from free online and hard copy careers related resources for school and college students as well as discounts towards staff and student memberships. (organisation)

• Royal Society of Chemistry - The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, believing that everyone should have access to a high quality chemistry education which is engaging, inspiring and relevant. They promote excellent science education across the world, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences and supporting educational professionals with resources and training. The Royal Society of Chemistry has a Learn Chemistry Partnership. Connect your school to the world’s leading chemistry community through Learn Chemistry Partnership. Be inspired by fresh ideas and new resources for your chemistry lessons for free. (organisation)

• Institute of Physics - The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government. They provide publications, resources and events to support the understanding and engagement with Physics by the public and to support high quality education in schools and colleges. The Institute of Physics’ Schools and Colleges Affiliation Scheme can provide you with regular and FREE copies of Classroom Physics, Physics Education and Physics World. You will also receive posters, resources, careers materials, discounts to Institute teacher conferences and regular updates on local Institute Branch activities. (organisation)

Computing at School (CaS) - The Computing At School (CAS) Working Group aims to promote the teaching of computer science at school and provides leadership and strategic guidance to all those involved in Computing education in schools. Through the participation of the wider community we seek to support and empower each other in an inclusive and self-sustaining body so that each child has the opportunity of an outstanding computer science education. CAS achieves this by supporting and promoting all those individuals, partner organisations, companies, and university departments who wish to run CAS regional hubs, put on CPD courses, generate teaching resources etc. that support the Computing curriculum. (organisation)

• NCETM - The aims of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are to raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths, across the school, sixth form college and further education system. Collaborating with Government and its agencies, higher education institutions, research bodies, maths subject associations and other bodies devoted to maths education, they operate in four main ways; Website, face to face support, managing national Maths Hubs projects and disseminating current thinking in key areas of mathematics education. (organisation)

• Primary Science Quality Mark - The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award programme that enables primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Schools can achieve PSQM Award, PSQM Gilt Award and PSQM Outreach Award and are offered support and training to develop their science provision. The award is made to a school for impact on teaching and learning of effective leadership in science. (scheme)


• British Council - The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They support educators in the UK and worldwide to work together to enrich the quality of education in schools and equip young people to live and work successfully in a global society. (organisation)

• Science on Stage UK - Science on Stage is a European platform for science teachers to exchange teaching concepts and to share ideas with the ultimate goal to improve science teaching by encouraging creativity in science teachers. Teachers can apply to Science on Stage UK for a chance to attend the International festival, held every two years, and share their ideas with over 450 education from across the world. (scheme)

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