STEMNET, STEM Ambassadors and Scottish Success

It was an enormous privilege to be invited by our partners STEMNET to attend the UK STEMNET Awards Ceremony at the House of Lords in London on Tuesday 13th December 2011. Inspiring words from Rt. Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, and from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, former Minister of Science and Innovation, about the economic importance of encouraging and inspiring learners to pursue STEM careers.

James Murphy, Head of Science from St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk, beat off stiff competition from over 150 nominees UK wide to receive the STEMNET “Most Dedicated Teacher Award”.

The Inspirational Technician Award, launched by STEMNET in partnership with The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, recognising the work of a technician who can demonstrate they have inspired young people to follow technician career routes, was awarded to Nikki Cusworth, from Paisley, who works for Rolls Royce, Inchinnan. Nikki described her passion for making young people  aware of the opportunities in STEM Careers, as a “fire in her belly” to make a difference.

James and Nikki happily agreed to talk further with Education Scotland about how we can share their inspiration and passion through STEM Central and STEM Central in Motion, our soon to be launched blog for partner and practitioner sharing. Don’t forget that you can use the STEM Ambassador scheme to support, enhance and enrich teaching and learning in sciences, technologies, engineering and maths.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners.

Making the Difference in Partnership conference, 3rd February 2012, Glasgow

Making the Difference in Partnership is a CPD opportunity exploring collaborative approaches to improving outcomes of young people who are most disadvantaged and may require more choices and more chances.

Delegates will have the chance to participate in practice workshops, hearing how a range of providers are working in partnership to develop young people’s skills for learning, life and work.

Nominations for attending this event are being sought from a wide audience including: education authorities, schools, community learning and development and third sector organisations.

As you may be aware, Building the Curriculum 4 states that:-

Curriculum for Excellence can best be delivered through partnership working. All establishments should work with partners and share a common understanding and language around skills development and application. Together, they should plan and deliver learning and other experiences which meet the needs of individual children and young people.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to find out about a range of partnership approaches to delivering this agenda that could be replicated in their area.

Please  use this link to complete the online booking form by 20th January 2011. Please note spaces for this event may not be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information please contact Neil McIntosh or Sheila Doogan.