FAQs

Who are we?    Booking CPD    CPD costs and funding    ENTHUSE Awards    IMPACT Awards    RCUK Bursaries    CPD Impact Toolkit    Resources    Groups    Dashboard
 

Who are we?

The White Rose University Consortium (made up of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University) created STEM Learning Limited to operate the National STEM Learning Centre.

The National STEM Learning Centre is funded by a variety of organisations, which include the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Charitable Trust.

What is the National Science Learning Network?

The National Science Learning Network provides the highest quality continuing professional development for teachers and technicians working with pupils aged 5 to 19. More information can be found in the About section.

Who runs the National STEM Learning Centre?

The National STEM Learning Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust, who appointed the White Rose University Consortium (made up of the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield) and Sheffield Hallam University to run the Centre. The White Rose University Consortium and Sheffield Hallam University created STEM Learning Limited to operate the Centre.

Who runs the Science Learning Partnerships?

The network of Science Learning Partnerships are funded by the government, managed by STEM Learning Ltd. Our Science Learning Partnerships (SLPs) combine local expertise in teaching and learning in science, facilitating CPD, and providing school-to-school support. They are led by local teaching school alliances, schools and colleges with excellence in science, higher education institutions, and other local partners with cutting-edge expertise in science. Find out where your nearest SLP is located and how we can support you and your team further


Booking CPD activities

How can I find a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity?

You can search on our CPD programme page. You will need to register to book a CPD activity.

If you can’t find exactly what you and your organisation need in our programme, please contact us as we will be able to organise a bespoke event for you.

Who can attend CPD activities?

CPD activities are open to anyone involved in STEM education for pupils aged 5 – 19. This includes teachers, tutors, lecturers, teaching assistants and technicians.

Any teacher, technician and other support staff are welcome to attend CPD across the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, including those from schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many CPD activities have bursaries available to state funded schools and colleges, details are on the course pages and terms and conditions apply.

Where are the CPD activities held?

The majority of CPD activities are available at any of our Science Learning Partnerships. The National STEM Learning Centre in York runs residential CPD activities. In addition, individual Science Learning Partnerships are linked with a range of partners across STEM industry and education enabling them to offer CPD activities which meet specific needs within their region. Teachers, technicians and support staff are able to attend CPD activities at any location.

When are CPD activities held?

The majority of the CPD activities offered are held in the day during term-time so it will be necessary to provide cover for those attending.

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network also offers a range of online CPD and some CPD activities during weekends, holidays and after school.


CPD costs and funding

How much does it cost to attend a CPD activity?

The cost to attend each CPD activity can be found on the course page.

Can my organisation get help with covering the cost of attending a CPD activity?

If you work at a state funded school or college in the UK you may be eligible for a bursary. Many courses delivered through the Science Learning Partnerships are eligible for an IMPACT Award or if you are attending a course at the National STEM Learning Centre in York you may be eligible for an ENTHUSE Award.


ENTHUSE Awards

Who can apply for an ENTHUSE Award?

Any teacher, teaching assistant, technician or lecturer from a state funded school, academy or college in the UK can apply for an ENTHUSE Award.

Independent school delegates are not eligible for an ENTHUSE Award.

Overseas delegates are not eligible for an ENTHUSE Award. Prices for overseas delegates are available on request.

How do I apply?

Once you have been enrolled on your course, a link to the Impact toolkit will be forwarded to you with further instructions.

It is essential that you supply complete BACS details for your school, academy or college as the National STEM Learning Centre will no longer pay the ENTHUSE award by cheque.

To apply for the course of your choice visit our CPD activities pages.

Can I cancel a booking?

In certain circumstances it may be possible to substitute a colleague at no extra cost, or to transfer to an alternative date for the same CPD activity, or to transfer to an alternative activity.

All cancellations to bookings must be made at least 21 days prior to the start of a CPD activity. If a booking is cancelled within 21 days of the activity start date, or if the delegate fails to attend the activity, the full fee remains payable.

How much is it worth?

The value of the ENTHUSE Award varies per CPD activity and is given in the fees section on the CPD pages.

When will my school or college get the money?

These Awards will be paid direct to your school, academy or college via BACs following satisfaction of the terms and conditions of the ENTHUSE Award, which include completion of the course and submission of an action plan. The action plan will need to have been discussed with your line manager and show how you will ensure that the Continuing Professional Development has an impact in your school or college. Your line manager may be contacted by your course leader to discuss your action plan.

Please see the ENTHUSE Award terms and conditions question below.

How many ENTHUSE Awards can teachers at my school or college apply for?

Teachers from the same school or college are eligible to apply for a maximum of two ENTHUSE Awards on any one course. If your school or college wishes to send more than two members of staff on one course then the additional applicants will be held on a waiting list.

If the CPD activity has not reached capacity one month prior to the course start date the additional applicants will also be eligible to apply for an ENTHUSE Award.

However, teachers from the same school or college can apply for as many places as they wish on separate CPD activities.

Who is providing the money to fund the ENTHUSE Awards?

The money is being provided by the Wellcome Trust, the Department for Education, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (renamed Primary Science Teaching Trust in 2013), BAE Systems, BP, General Electric Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Rolls-Royce, Royal Society of Chemistry, Vodafone and Vodafone Group Foundation.


Impact Awards

What is an Impact Award?

The Science Learning Partnerships, on behalf of the Department for Education, are delighted to offer Impact Award bursaries for a specific targeted range of CPD activities.

How do I find out if I am eligible for an award?

Those involved in science education from a state funded school, academy or college may be eligible for an Impact Award bursary to help them cover the cost of attending certain CPD activities run by the Science Learning Partnerships.

How do I apply?

If you are eligible to apply for a bursary then follow these steps:

  1. Apply for a place on a CPD activity on our website that has an advertised Impact Award bursary. If you have been booked onto the activity by a colleague then you must have completed your registration following the instructions emailed to you.
  2. You will receive an email from the CPD Impact Toolkit asking you to complete an Intended Learning Outcomes form. You must complete and submit this before attending the CPD activity.
  3. Around 6 weeks after attending the CPD activity you will be asked to complete an Impact Report within the CPD Impact Toolkit. Completion and submission of this report triggers payment of the Impact Award bursary by BACs. You will receive an email notifying you that this report is due, and it must be completed within 16 weeks of the final activity date to be eligible for the bursary.

To apply for the CPD activity of your choice visit our CPD activities pages.

Please note: provision of bursaries is dependent on availability of funding.

When will I get the money?

These awards will be paid to your school or college by BACs payment for the CPD activity, completion of the CPD activity and submission of an online impact report using the CPD Impact Toolkit. The CPD Impact Toolkit is a series of forms to capture information about the impact of your attendance on this CPD activity and needs to be completed in discussion with your line manager approximately six weeks after the end of the CPD activity (your line manager may be contacted to discuss the stated impacts).

The awards will be paid by the National STEM Learning Centre by BACs, upon confirmation and receipt of funding from the Department for Education.

If we do not have your BACs details on record we will request these from you. If we do not receive BACs details within 6 weeks you may lose your Impact Award bursary.

What can I use the money for?

If awarded, you can use your Impact Award bursary towards CPD fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, equipment for your school or in any other way that your school believes will help to improve the teaching of science.

Who can I contact with any queries or problems I'm having with the Impact Award process?

Contact us and one of our team will be happy to assist.


RCUK Bursaries

What funding is available?

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network, on behalf of Research Councils UK, are delighted to offer bursaries for Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom CPD activities.

Who is eligible?

State funded schools, colleges or universities in the UK can benefit from this funding for teachers, technicians and those on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to cover some of the costs of attending Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom CPD activities.

How do I apply?

To apply for a bursary, follow these steps:

  1. Apply for a place on the course
  2. You will receive an application form called the Intended Learning Outcomes form.
  3. Complete this form to secure your bursary.

Note: In order to be eligible to receive the bursary you will also need to complete a task after the course which identifies where the impact of the course has taken place.

To apply for the CPD activities of your choice visit our CPD pages.

Please note: provision of bursaries is dependent on availability of Research Councils UK funding.

How much is the bursary worth?

The value of the bursary is up to £180 per training day. In some cases, such as a conference, the bursary will be equal to the fee paid.

How much do the RCUK CPD activities cost?

The cost of coming on a CPD activity is already subsidised and CPD fees are typically £210 per day for teachers.

(Note: VAT may be charged at some centres).

When do I find out if I am eligible for an award?

You will receive confirmation of your eligibility for an bursary within ten working days of your application, at the same time as you are notified that we have reserved you a place on the CPD activity.

When will I get the money?

These awards will be paid to your school or college upon completion of the CPD activity and submission of an Impact Follow-up form. This form intends to capture the impacts resulting from the National Science Learning Network provision and needs to be completed in discussion with your line manager approximately six weeks after the end of the CPD activity. Your line manager may be contacted to discuss the stated impacts.

The awards will be payable by the National Science Learning Network, upon confirmation and receipt of funding from the Research Councils UK.

What can I use the money for?

If awarded, you can use your bursary to cover course fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, equipment for your school or in any other way that your school believes will help to improve the teaching of science.

Who can I contact with any queries or problems I'm having with the bursary process?

You can contact us and one of our team will be happy to assist:

Email: enquiries@stem.org.uk

Tel: 01904 328300


Impact Toolkit

What is the CPD Impact Toolkit?

A central place for all your CPD impact forms. When you access the toolkit you will be able to view all the forms you have yet to complete, as well as those you have completed or are part way through.

How do I access the CPD Impact Toolkit?

An email will be sent to the email address you supplied when you booked onto a CPD activity with us. This welcome email contains a link for you to click on to access the toolkit.

I've lost my login details

If you cannot find your login details, please refer to your original email for your unique link. If you cannot find your original email, please get in touch via services@impacttoolkit.stem.org.uk for further instructions.


Resources

How do I find resources?

Enter a search term and press the ‘search’ button or use the filters on the left-hand side of the page.

The order of search results may be changed by selecting an alternative priority from the drop-down 'Sort by' menu - for example alphabetically, by popularity, and by publication year.

How does the resource search work?

When you use one or more key words to search for a resource, make sure to check:

  • the resource title
  • the resource description
  • for print materials, a full-text search of the resource
  • for key words added to the resource metadata (tags)

How can I keep up to date with resources?

Once you have registered you may receive periodical Newsletters to keep you up to date with new resources. These updates will be tailored to your particular areas of interest.

If you would like to receive more immediate updates when new resources are added then you may subscribe to a Webfeed.

Do I need to register to access resources?

The majority of resource collections do not require you to log in to the site. However, there are some collections that are available only to registered users. This enables us to record how popular particular resources are, and provide more detailed feedback to resource providers.

There are other benefits to registering and logging in. For example, on your ‘dashboard’ page you will receive bespoke suggestions of resources that you may find interesting, for example, when new materials are added. Registered users are also able to share their expertise by rating and/or commenting on resources, which helps us to improve the service.

Registering with the website is straightforward. Once you have registered simply select ‘Sign in’ from the very top of the webpage and enter your email address and password.

I am a teacher and would like to share my STEM resources with others. May I submit these to the resources?

Registered users are able to share their own resources subject to our acceptable use policy and terms of upload. This can be done through your dashboard by clicking 'Add a new resource' in 'My resources'.

I have not received an email acknowledging my registration. What should I do?

Shortly after you register with the website an automated email message will be sent to you asking you to confirm your registration. If you do not receive this email message it may be caught in your computer's 'junk mail' or 'spam' folder. If you still can't see the message, please contact us for assistance.

I'm having problems opening certain resources

Problems with viewing certain media files may be due to the particular browser versions. If you are using Internet Explorer you may wish to try using a different browser instead.

My organisation would like to submit resources

STEM Learning is committed to helping resource providers disseminate their STEM resource materials to teachers and lecturers. Please contact us if you would like to discuss building a collection.

What copyright restrictions apply to the resources?

Copyright for the resources rests with the providers of the materials. Resource files are covered by specific copyright information, which can be found by following the link beside each resource file. Full details of copyright restrictions are available in our terms & conditions.

What are Webfeeds?

Webfeeds let you know when websites have added new content. The STEM Learning site uses feeds in two ways:

  1. To provide a News feed of all the stories added to our News pages.
  2. To provide customisable feeds of resource updates. For example, you can subscribe to a feed for the whole site, which will alert you to all new resources or collections.

Alternatively you may prefer to be alerted when new resources are added to one subject area, or to a particular search that you have done.

Wherever you see the orange RSS icon on the site you can subscribe to a particular feed. When you hover over the icon the content of that particular feed will be displayed.


Groups

How can I benefit from joining a community?

Communities are places where STEM Learning members may hold discussions, exchange ideas and resources. The communities may be used by individuals, school networks, and organisations supporting STEM education in the UK.

There are different types of communities to suit different uses. For more information on using communities please visit the ‘Help’ page.


Dashboard

How can I update my password, username, email address, or any other personal details?

When you are signed in, go to ‘My account’ and select ‘View/Edit’ from the left hand side of your dashboard page. Amend your details and save the new information.

How do I opt out of receiving communications from STEM Learning?

When you are signed in go to ‘My account’ and select ‘View/Edit’ from the left hand side of your dashboard page. At the bottom of page uncheck the ‘Newsletter’ box and save the information.

How do I register with the STEM Learning website?

Select ‘Register’ at the very top of the webpage. Complete and submit the short online registration form. Shortly afterwards an automated email message will be sent to you asking you to confirm your registration.

If you do not receive an email message, it may be caught in your computer's 'junk mail' or 'spam' folder. If you still can't see the message, please contact us for assistance.

I've forgotten my password

Select ‘Sign in’ from the very top of the webpage, then follow the instructions for forgotten passwords. You’ll be asked to provide the email address that you used to register with us. An automated message enabling you to reset your password will be sent to that email address. If you need more assistance please contact us.

What is the 'My account' page?

Once you have registered with the STEM Learning, an individual ‘dashboard’ page is automatically created for you. This page helps you keep track of useful information, such as resources you have downloaded, CPD activities you have booked on and lists of resources that you have bookmarked (both in the resources and across the web).