Aspire to STEM
Funded by the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, Aspire to STEM enables target schools and colleges across England to access free CPD and support.
- improve leadership to support STEM teaching
- develop great teaching of STEM subjects
- increase science capital within disadvantaged communities
- increase teachers’ confidence in advising pupils about STEM careers and the transition from school or college to employment
200 primary and secondary schools in areas designated as Opportunity Areas (OAs) or in Local Authority Districts (LADs), with a category of 5 or 6 and which have an Ofsted rating of 3 or 4, have joined the Aspire to STEM programme since September 2017.
Schools work with a dedicated STEM Learning mentor to create a bespoke, flexible and focused selection of free CPD and inspiration support for the teachers and leaders in their school and partnership. This will be based on the results of an initial needs analysis to ensure the CPD offered addresses the unique challenges and needs of those individual teachers and leaders.
Schools will work with us as part of the programme for up to two years, with support given throughout to ensure the positive impact on teachers, leaders and students is long-term and sustainable.
Support and guidance
Explore support and guidance in our community group to help you get the most out of your participation in the Aspire to STEM programme.
Browse our selection of residential, local and online CPD to develop your subject knowledge and increase your confidence.
From Early Years to Higher Education, our website is home to over 10,000 free-to-access resources.
There are plenty of ways you can deliver enrichment activities and find volunteers to support you.
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers who offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life.
STEM Insight placements provide a unique opportunity to experience life in a modern industry or a leading university.
Our Science Learning Partnerships facilitate CPD and provide school-to-school support in their local area.
Find out more
Contact us if you would like more information about the Aspire to STEM programme.