A benefit of our work is the fostering of partnership work between individual schools and groups of schools. Partnership working encourages exchange of ideas and improved ways of working.
The number of schools receiving our support is growing. Pupils in schools across London, the South-East and South-West, the Midlands and the North East and North West of England.
Our aims are to build teachers’ confidence in carrying out experiments and demonstrations, and to enable them to provide the practical experience that is essential if pupils are to enjoy science.
Where we work
We operate on a hub-based system, with groups of schools supported by a hub leader. Read a list of our schools here. Currently we have ten hubs, in:
Cornwall and Devon: eight schools in Cornwall centred on Truro, with funding from the Ogden Trust. We are additionally providing support to schools in Devon.
Somerset: three schools with support from Wellington School.
The Isle of Wight: a relatively new hub of seven schools, with support from Ryde School.
Crawley: four schools supported by Worth School.
East Kent: a group of nine state primary schools supported by The King’s School Canterbury, with funding from the Department for Education; additionally two Academies with funding from the Roger de Haan Charitable Trust.
West Kent: seven state schools supported by Sevenoaks School and Tonbridge School.
London: ten schools centred on Buxton School with support from Dulwich College; and some 20 Harris Academies provided with support for the training of teachers, technicians and trainee teachers at Key Stages 3,4, and 5. London activities are funded by the Pipe Makers Livery Company
West Midlands: schools in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, with funding from the Mercers’ Company and help from King Edward’s School.
Liverpool: three groups of schools in the Liverpool area: an East and Central cluster, St Francis Xavier’s cluster and West Derby cluster,
Much of our work Is at Key Stage 3, because this is the stage where enthusiasm for science is often gained or lost. We also support at Key Stages 4 and 5, and at Key Stage 2.
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