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What is RAiSE?
The Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) programme enhances the confidence and skills of primary school practitioners to improve learning and teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
It is a four-year pilot programme led by Education Scotland and funded by The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government and participating local authorities. The programme was established in 2016 and currently works in partnership with 12 local authorities. They are:
- Angus Council
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Dundee City Council
- Falkirk Council
- Fife Council
- Glasgow City Council
- Moray Council
- North Ayrshire Council
- South Ayrshire Council
- The Highland Council
- West Dunbartonshire Council
How does it work?
Each of the participating RAiSE local authorities is provided with funding to recruit a dedicated Primary Science Development Officer (PSDO) to lead and co-ordinate high-quality professional learning and to support practitioner networking and collaboration.
The work of the RAiSE programme is strongly aligned to the STEM Education and Training Strategy and the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. It aims to raise attainment and achievement in primary science and STEM and tackle inequity and inequality in learners' experiences and in their potential to achieve.
What has happened so far?
Effective partnership working has been central to the success of the programme to date. Authorities have forged strong relationships with regional colleges, universities, SSERC, science centres, STEM Ambassador Hubs and other STEM providers to support local practitioners and schools with their STEM development.
|Key statistics |
|Number of practitioner engagements||6440|
|Number of establishment engagements||4309|
|Number of clusters involved in RAiSE activity||392|
|Number of RAiSE CLPL events||605|
|Cumulative RAiSE programme practitioner CLPL hours||22,741 |
What happens next?
The RAiSE pilot programme is being evaluated by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. The full evaluation report is due to be published in late May 2019. Subject to a positive evaluation, further authorities may have the opportunity to engage with the programme.
PDF file: RAiSE programme interim evaluation report (2 MB)
PDF file: Objectives of the RAiSE programme (273 KB)
For more information, contact Gayle Duffus, National Education Officer for Primary Science - firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest RAiSE news
PDF file: RAiSE news - February 2019 - Pupils are STEM champs of Scotland's classrooms (127 KB)
PDF file: RAiSE news - March 2019 - STEM fair inspires 160 Lochaber children (162 KB)