Our vision is to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK.
STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, the Network is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM, and increasing the numbers of young people progressing in STEM studies and STEM-related careers.
We provide teachers, school technicians and others working with young people with; STEM-specific, career-long professional development; access to free of charge, curated curriculum resources, STEM Ambassadors; STEM Clubs support; and a wide range of engaging activities with proven impact on outcomes for young people.
We work with employers of all sizes to help them maximize the return they get from their investment in working with young people, teachers and schools.
Our vision for STEM teaching:
young people from all backgrounds have the aspiration, knowledge and skills to thrive, with more progressing into STEM-related careers
employers can gain access to knowledgeable, talented people with strong STEM skills, increasing productivity, competitiveness and diversity
teachers of STEM subjects continually develop their STEM knowledge and experience, maximising their impact and own job satisfaction
families and communities recognise the value of STEM to young people, encouraging and supporting them in STEM-related studies and careers
This support is provided through:
- the National STEM Learning Centre, York - providing intensive, residential professional development, online CPD and a library physical and online STEM teaching resources
- the network of Science Learning Partnerships in England - providing locally available science focussed professional development
- our partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - providing locally available professional development through SSERC, Techniquest and Education Authority Northern Ireland
- the network of STEM Ambassador Hubs in the UK - linking individuals and STEM employers with schools, colleges, youth and community groups supporting young people in STEM
Who are our supporters?
STEM Learning is an initiative of the White Rose University Consortium (comprising the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York) and Sheffield Hallam University. Our work is made possible by the generous support of the Wellcome Trust, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Government, our partners in Project ENTHUSE and other funders of related STEM projects.
Through our impact and evaluation evidence we have identified five key lessons:
- Sustained engagement of schools with support from the National STEM Learning Network is associated with improved teaching and learning, as well as increased uptake and achievement in science.
- Network professional development improves teachers’ subject and pedagogical knowledge, skills and confidence, resulting in better outcomes for young people.
- The National STEM Learning Network develops strong leadership in science, from primary to post-16, benefitting teachers, schools and young people.
- Engagement with the National STEM Learning Network helps schools and colleges recruit and retain excellent teachers.
- Professional development from the National STEM Learning Network enriches teaching, supporting young people’s engagement, progression and awareness of STEM careers.