About us

Planet resourcesESERO-UK, also known as the UK Space Education and Resource Office, aims to promote the use of space to enhance and support the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency and the Department for Education ESERO-UK will:

  • share good practice, and space-related teaching and learning resources, with teachers
  • be the first point of contact for the education and space communities when seeking information about space education and careers
  • raise the profile of the education work of ESA, the UK Space Agency and the wider UK space community with schools and colleges

This will be reached through:

  • quality teaching and learning resources, both online and at the National STEM Learning Centre in Yorkour network of space ambassadors throughout the UK
  • sharing the latest news about space and education events that might be of interest to teachers
  • high-quality training and support for teachers

ESERO across Europe

The ESERO-UK office is part of a larger family of offices spread throughout Europe and established by ESA in collaboration with national and institutional partners active in science education. The ESERO offices offer a full range of tailor-made resources and activities to primary and secondary school teachers and students. The focus is on training opportunities, workshops, and conferences for teachers, who will help today's youngsters to become more enthusiastic and interested in space sciences and technologies. You can find out more about ESA’s ESERO initiative and ESA's education programme.

European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation that today counts 22 Member States (2015), including the UK. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.Soyuz - image credit to ESA

ESA’s space activities range from the robotic and manned exploration of the Universe, to observing the Earth and studying its global changes, to providing space platforms for navigation and telecommunications, to ensuring European independent access to space through its launcher programme, and to developing new technologies. Along with governments and the most important science and technology operators in Europe, ESA also recognises the importance of supporting science and technology education to help build and strengthen tomorrow’s workforce in these domains. The European Space Education Resource Office project, or ESERO, represents ESA’s major initiative in the field of primary and secondary education.

UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency was set up in 2010 to provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. ESERO-UK is working with the UK Space Agency to run the Tim Peake Primary Project and the Tim Peake Grant Scheme.

At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, the UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. We lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.

UK Space Agency is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.