This programme is one of a range of initiatives being launched to further the aims and ambitions of the STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland.
The grants programme has been established to meet the professional learning needs of practitioners in a number of sectors including: early learning and childcare, primary, ASN, secondary and community learning and development. School-based technical support staff are also a key target audience for the scheme.
The grants have been developed following extensive consultation with practitioners and technicians regarding their priorities. Surveys and focus groups in 2017 revealed a clear demand from practitioners for more localised support and more opportunities to work collegiately within their schools and clusters. Working in partnership with employers, colleges and other providers over a sustained period was also recognised as having a high impact on practitioner confidence. In addition, there was strong support for modular, online learning to give technicians and practitioners easy access to the professional learning they need, at a time that suits them.
Engagement with stakeholders has helped to identify a number of priority themes for professional learning activities such as:
- Awareness of science and STEM careers
- How STEM learning can help to raise attainment in numeracy and literacy
- Tackling stereotypes and addressing unconscious bias
- Support for the national qualifications in STEM subject areas
- Development of effective skills progression
- Improving pedagogy in STEM.
In the initial phase of the grants programme, bids for funding are being invited from organisations and providers that can deliver professional learning support strategically at regional or national level. Should further funding be available in financial year 2019/20 then it is hoped the grants programme can be opened up to school clusters and other organisations to bid for funding.
To find out more about the Enhancing Career-Long Professional Learning in STEM Grants please refer to the grant Guidance document.
To bid for funding, please return your completed grant Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 09:00 on Monday 26 November 2018.
Any questions about the grants programme should be directed to Ian Menzies, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland on email: email@example.com or Tel: 0131 244 4799.