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Primary Schools: Join the Polar Explorer Programme!
State-funded primary schools across the UK who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their school, are invited to apply for the Polar Explorer programme – a £1m government-funded project, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
About the Polar Explorer programme
The programme uses the UK’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects. It places relevant curriculum topics within the context of both the construction and launch of the ship, and of polar exploration in general.
Schools that are selected will benefit from support in key areas, such as working scientifically and developing pupils’ enquiry skills.
They will also gain the support of a Polar Ambassador – a specially selected, trained STEM professional – who will help to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects in their school.
The Polar Ambassador will begin work with schools in September 2018 and will help them to take part in a range of activities including:
• in-school professional development for teachers
• free access to resources and activities
• ideas to support schools’ outreach activities
Schools will receive a free Polar Explorer resource pack and have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to improve the transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary schools.
STEM Learning are looking for applications from primary schools that:
• have attainment in STEM subjects that is lower than the national average
• would like to improve performance at key learning transition points
The closing date for applications is Thursday 31 May 2018.
Successful applicants will hear from STEM Learning by mid-July.
Applications close Thursday 31 May 2018
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