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STEM teaching gets a boost

​Keeping children safe online; improving the use of digital technologies in the classroom; and funding travel across one of Scotland's most remote school clusters to allow teachers to share approaches to numeracy and maths teaching.

These are just some of the latest successful bids for a share of £1.3 million funding from Education Scotland to provide teachers with access to top quality professional learning in STEM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics).

The latest round of grants boosts the amount of funding for the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Programme to £2 million, awarded to a total of 160 recipients in the 2019/20 financial year.

It is estimated that the funds from this latest round will benefit around 716 educational establishments and 13,733 teachers and practitioners.

Education Scotland Strategic Director, Alan Armstrong said: “This funding will be invaluable for enhancing the professional learning available to all practitioners involved in STEM-related learning, teaching and assessment.

“We received an overwhelming number of bids which shows the real priority practitioners place on developing their skills to help improve their learners' STEM experiences.

“Recipients included practitioners in publicly-funded settings such as early learning and childcare, primary, secondary, additional support needs and community learning and development. Many of the successful bids focused on cluster and collaborative working across different settings, local authorities and partners.

“The grants will give a major boost to practitioners and establishments in delivering the recommendations in Scotland's STEM Education and Training Strategy and the Making Maths Count (2016) Report."

Science Minister Richard Lochhead said: “High quality STEM learning has the power to inspire young people to engage their curiosity in the world around them, leading them to develop their STEM skills throughout their lives. 

“These grants help teachers and other practitioners access additional training to deliver truly great STEM education in schools, empowering them to inspire the next generation of Scottish scientists, engineers and mathematicians."

 The Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Programme is led by Education Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.

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