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STEM Support for Schools to Continue After University Secures New Contract

Schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire will benefit from another four years of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) support.

The University of Worcester has held the STEMNET contract for the past three years, providing free help and encouragement for schools, including access to STEM Ambassadors.

During that time it has helped six teams to reach the finals of the national STEM Challenge competition, including Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester, which recently won Challenge 6.

The University’s STEMNET contract has been renewed for another four years, further cementing the University’s commitment to helping schools succeed in this area.

The STEM subjects are at the centre of the University’s current programme development with many innovative opportunities now available for people looking to train as teachers in STEM-based subjects, to improve the depth of their subject knowledge as current teachers or to promote the STEM subjects and careers in STEM with children and young people in schools as STEM Ambassadors.

Vacancies are currently available for flexible Physics, Maths and Design & Technology PGCEs, starting in January. In addition, a new subject knowledge enhancement pilot programme for serving teachers and returning teachers looking to teach Physics, Chemistry or Maths is currently actively recruiting. There are no fees payable for these subject knowledge enhancement courses.

STEMNET works primarily with schools and colleges, helping young people and their teachers access a range of STEM Enhancement & Enrichment (E&E) opportunities including STEM Clubs and links with STEM Ambassadors.

“The emphasis of STEMNET’s work is on helping schools communicate to young people the importance of the STEM subjects for their future lives whether that is in a STEM related career, or just as savvy consumers of services and commodities,” said Linda Scott, STEM Support Manager at the University of Worcester.

“As the STEMNET Support Centre for Herefordshire and Worcester we provide teachers with free assistance in identifying what STEM activities can most benefit them and their students.”

“We are always looking for more people to join the STEM Ambassador programme,” Linda added. “The minimum requirement is one contact with a school in a year, which fits well into companies’ corporate responsibility portfolios or can be linked to existing community commitments such as offering work experience placements to local schools.”

For more information about the STEMNET Programme or to volunteer as a STEM Ambassador contact Linda Scott at l.scott@worc.ac.uk

To find out more about places available to train as a STEM teacher email secondary@worc.ac.uk or to find out about Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses email skec@worc.ac.uk