Post-16 and FE
Explore courses and resources created by STEM Learning for teachers, lecturers, technicians and support staff at every stage of their career.
Immerse yourself in high-quality professional development, designed and run by experienced teachers.
Who is it for?
Our courses are for teachers, school leaders and technicians teaching at post-16 in a STEM-related subject. We support all career stages including:
- new and recently-qualified teachers
- established and aspiring leaders
What courses are available?
Discover the full range of face-to-face courses available at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
Develop the teaching of science with courses delivered locally by Science Learning Partnerships.
Learn whenever and wherever you like with our online professional development programme.
Featured post-16 courses
An intensive, inspirational CPD opportunity to develop the skills and strategies required to lead a science department.
Suitable for those new to the role, this course provides a thorough grounding in the science technician profession.
With a focus on subject knowledge and practical work, this course will help you to develop your confidence in delivering the A level physics curriculum.
Learn a range of techniques and strategies to inspire young people who are required to resit their mathematics GCSE.
How much does it cost?
We offer bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges in England and across the UK to help them attend high-impact CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
To find if your organisation is eligible for a bursary, simply select a course and date you are interested in and then type in the name of your school or college. If you are logged in to your account, all you need to do is select the course and the date.
A selection of resources, hand-picked by subject experts, all of which are designed to support your teaching of STEM subjects.
Discover a range of Level 1 and Level 2 activities to enrich your schemes of work.
Hand-picked resources covering the key subject content in Pure, Mechanics and Statistics.
Learn about the benefits of the Core Maths qualification for students who want to study maths beyond Level 2.
Explore the extensive resources that support topics in A level biology, chemistry and physics specifications.
Resources that provide a wider context to the post-16 biology curriculum.
A selection of resources, programmes and guidance to help you explore STEM careers with your students.
New for 2021: T Level science resources
A range of activities and competitions to engage young people with STEM subjects and careers.
Bring a fresh and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities with support from STEM Ambassadors.
Who are STEM Ambassadors?
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a range of STEM-related disciplines and backgrounds, including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. They can be used to:
deliver inspirational talks and lectures to students
support students with UCAS applications
provide industry insights for curriculum development
support teachers with careers input in lessons
provide a means of engagement with employers
The Grand Challenges - Our Futures
The Government's Industrial Strategy sets out four key Grand Challenge themes, aimed at putting the UK at the forefront of future industry. These four Grand Challenges - artificial intelligence, ageing society, clean growth and future mobility - are set to transform the way we live our everyday lives.
The Grand Challenges - Our Futures programme aims to help young people develop the skills needed to bridge the gap between today's learners and tomorrow's career choices.
Bring Quantum Ambassadors and researchers into your classroom to help bring cutting-edge physics and technology to life. Perfect for A level or equivalent students of physics or computer science, this programme demonstrates what fundamental quantum science is and how it works with future technologies.
What support will you receive?
curriculum enrichment visits from leading researchers in quantum technology
free teaching resources for your students, written by teachers for teachers
bursary supported professional development for teachers showcasing how to create a buzz around this topic
The CanSat competition provides students aged 14-19 with the opportunity to have practical experience working on a small-scale space project.
What is a CanSat?
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume.
Celebrate your achievements and dedication to STEM with our two award schemes - the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards and the STEM Inspiration Awards.
Applications for both award schemes take place annually. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend a regional event, of which the winners will attend a national final in London.
ENTHUSE Celebration Awards
Aimed at teachers, technicians and educational institutions, the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards provide an opportunity to be recognised for you and your organisation's engagement with STEM Learning’s professional development.
STEM Inspiration Awards
The STEM Inspiration Awards recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and clubs working to inspire young people in STEM. There are award categories for STEM Ambassadors, STEM Clubs, organisations and projects that are encouraging diversity in STEM and raising young people's aspirations.
Discover what programmes and funding opportunities are available to schools, sixth forms and colleges.
ENTHUSE Partnerships are groups of 6-8 schools and colleges who work together to address local issues of low uptake or underachievement in STEM subjects.
Partnerships are given up to £20,000 worth of support, which includes access to:
immersion in industry or university through teacher placements
STEM Ambassadors and enrichment activities
By working together, groups of schools and colleges can deepen relationships with local employers and utilise the wider package of support provided by STEM Learning.
Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology
Young people aged 3-19 are invited to submit applications with ideas for a sustainable science, maths or technology initiative. Your initiative can either be a new idea or development of something you’re already working on.
Each year up to 50 schools and colleges are awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award for STEM teaching. If selected as a finalist, you will be provided with a further £5,000 to implement your action plan in the second year of this two-year rolling awards programme.