Nov 052018
 

Education Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of a new grants programme to support professional learning in sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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 grants@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk 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: ian.menzies@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 0131 244 4799.

Downloads

Enhancing STEM CLPL Grant Guidance

Enhancing STEM CLPL Grant Application Form

 

Aug 272018
 

In June 2017, Education Scotland issued an online survey to the early years, primary and secondary sectors to find out more about the STEM career-long professional learning (CLPL) landscape and to identify the needs and priorities of practitioners and school-based technical support staff.

The survey findings provided important information and evidence which helped to shape the development of the national STEM Education and Training Strategy. This was published in October 2017 and is available from the following link: http://bit.ly/STEMstrategy

Key findings include:

·         Lack of funding, time, workload and geographical barriers remain the biggest barrier to practitioners and technicians accessing career-long professional learning

·         Strong support for online learning and modular learning to allow people to access professional learning flexibly anytime, anywhere

·         More localised support including from mentors would be welcomed

·         Practitioners and technicians want more opportunities to learn and collaborate with peers in their schools and clusters

·         Partnerships with employers are an important source of professional learning and learning about STEM careers is seen as a high priority.

The information provided by practitioners and technicians through the survey responses has been extremely valuable. The findings have helped to inform decisions about the ‘coherent national offer’ of professional learning that is being planned in relation to STEM subjects.

Education Scotland is excited about the potential for increasing support in relation to STEM over the course of this academic year and beyond. We are already in the process or recruiting a team of new STEM Education Officers and Numeracy officers to support this. We are also just about to recruit a new team of Improving Gender Balance and Equalities officers to provide further support within the new Regional Improvement Collaboratives.

We’ll be releasing further details in the months ahead as plans are finalised and approved and as new resources and programmes go live. In the meantime, we’d like to give a sincere ‘thank-you’ to all those who promoted and completed the survey. In doing so, you have played a significant role in shaping the plans and decisions that will help to make Scotland a STEM nation.

Download the key findings:

STEM CLPL Survey Findings June 2017

STEM CLPL survey results overview 2017

Feb 032017
 

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STEM Insight

 

 

 

 

 

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial settings.

You will be able to participate in a placement with an employer, be supported by face-to-face and online CPD from STEM Learning and SSERC, and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for your students.

If you are from a local authority school or college you will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight programme is £283+VAT, with a £1450 bursary for a ten day placement and a £800 bursary for a five day placement.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/STEMINSIGHT or contact sts@sserc.org.uk

 

Jan 242017
 
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We have a few places available on a SSERC/RSC professional development course on 14th February 2017 at Garnock Community Campus, North Ayrshire (KA14 3BF). The funding for the course is such that the course fee for the day is £200 per participant to cover the full cost of the course including course materials, teas/coffee and lunch.  Each participant will receive a voucher with a value of £140 of resources which can be used against purchases from Scientific and Chemical.
Additionally, each participant from a local authority school or FE college can apply for an ENTHUSE Award from the National STEM Learning Centre – such applications must be made in advance of the course start date (details of how to apply will be sent to successful applicants).  ENTHUSE Awards will be paid to the school/college several weeks after completion of the course; the value of the ENTHUSE Award will be £200.
Expressions of interest to sts@sserc.org.uk by Friday Jan 27th please.
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Professional development for secondary science probationers

The closing date for applications to attend SSERC’s 2-part residential course for Probationer teachers is Friday November 25th.  Through this programme, with practical work at its core, we focus on enhancing the range of activities which participants will be able to use to support Curriculum for Excellence in their classrooms. More than half of the practical elements of the course will be devoted to subjects outside participants’ own area of expertise. More details available from the SSERC website.

 

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Concept Cartoons – 6th February 2017

(17:00-18:30)

SSERC, Dunfermline

stuart_nStuart Naylor, one of the principal authors of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2, is due to deliver this ‘twilight’ professional development session. Aimed at learners in the age range 10-16, this new resource for Chemistry, Biology and Physics covers topics including earth and space, living things and their environments, physical and chemical changes.

Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character has a different opinion about science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Learners are invited to join in with the discussion happening in the science Concept Cartoon.

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The book and CD of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2 both contain 156 Concept Cartoons covering the main areas of science. Background text, written in pupil-friendly language, is available for each Concept Cartoon. A blank speech bubble on each Science Concept Cartoon encourages learners to add additional ideas.

Fee: The fee for the course is £135 to include a copy of the book and CD of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2 as well as a site license meaning that all teachers can use the resource in their teaching. Light refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Applications: The closing date for applications is 25th January 2017.

 

Nov 112016
 

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SSERC Winter Bulletins

SSERC’s popular Primary Science & Technology Bulletin and SSERC Bulletin are available to download for all members from the SSERC website. All Local Authority school and college teachers and technicians are automatically members of SSERC. The majority of Independent schools are too.

If you’ve yet to register for membership or forgotten your login details contact STS@sserc.org.uk to create or reactivate your account.

 

Oct 042016
 

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Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an SCQF level 5 qualifications in a relevant subjects and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

 

Oct 042016
 

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Senior Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an HNC or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

Oct 042016
 

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Education Officer – Technology

As an enthusiastic professional, you will join a motivated team who provide an advisory service which supports science and technology education in Scottish schools. You will develop close working relationships with Local Authority officers and other key stakeholders in Scottish technology education.

You will have at least 5 years teaching experience in a wide range of technology subjects in the school education sector. You will have experience in supporting career long professional learning (CLPL) and an understanding of the CLPL needs for teachers, PTs, HOFs and school support staff.

Complementing your professional expertise, you will bring excellent team playing, communication and organisational skills, an interest in Health and Safety in an educational environment and a love of practical work. The ideal candidate must be confident with using software on both PC and Apple platforms and can demonstrate experience using CAD software packages e.g. CREO 2.0 or Autodesk Inventor. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a passion for both workshop machinery and programmable devices.

This is a full-time, high profile role based in Dunfermline. It will involve regular visits to locations throughout Scotland. There is plenty of scope for personal and professional development offered to the post holder.

The post is offered on a 12 month secondment or fixed term basis.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

Completed application forms should be submitted with a covering letter to STS@sserc.org.uk .

Applications should arrive no later than 7/10/16

 

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