Impact and evaluation

Our professional development has proven positive impacts on participants, verified by external evaluations.

Our impact evidence enables us to prove that our professional development has a direct impact on participants, the wider school or college, and ultimately young people.

In the academic year 2015-16 participants at the National STEM Learning Centre reported:

Our network of Science Learning Partnerships

Report on impact - academic year 2015-2016


Our vision

Take a look at the Theory of Change to gain an insight into the National STEM Learning Network's vision to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK.


Impact reports

Lessons in Excellent Science Education - 10 Years of Impact on Teachers, Pupils and Schools

Published September 2015

STEM Ambassadors: making an impact

Published November 2016

STEM Ambassadors bring a fresh and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and careers information, and complement excellent teaching in schools and colleges.

Through recent research and evaluation of STEM Ambassador activity, there are four key lessons that we have learned. These lessons illustrate the key impacts that STEM Ambassadors have on young people and those who work with them.

Evaluation reports:

Bringing Cutting Edge Science to the Classroom Programme

Published May 2016

This evaluation was commissioned in Autumn 2015 to analyse the success of the Bringing Cutting Edge Science to the Classroom programme in delivering its stated aims, and to assess the impact of the programme on participants, their students and colleagues.

National STEM Learning Network: Regional Programme - ISOS Partnership

Published in September 2016

This report outlines the effectiveness and impact of STEM continuing professional development (CPD) for schools and colleges in England, delivered by the National STEM Learning Network between April 2015 and March 2016. 

Triple Science Support Programme - Final Evaluation Report

Published April 2016

OPM conducted an evaluation of the Triple Science Support Programme (TSSP) across the years 2014- 2016 of the programme, to evidence the extent of impacts of the programme on three key groups: teachers; students; and science departments, senior leaders, and whole schools. 

Evaluation of the impact of National Science Learning Network CPD on Schools (ISOS Partnership) 

Published in October 2015

This is an evaluation of the impact and benefits of schools engaging with subject-specific science continuing professional development (CPD) from the National Science Learning Network (NSLN) and the National STEM Centre.


National Science Learning Network Regional Programme (ISOS Partnership)

Published in July 2015

This report evaluates the implementation and impact of the third phase of the National Science Learning Network’s regional programme.

Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme Evaluation (Dr Suzanne King) 

Published in March 2015 

This report evaluates the effectiveness of the Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme and highlights potential recommendations for the future.

Evaluation of the Impact of ENTHUSE Partnerships

Published in January 2015

The interim report provides an overview of the ENTHUSE partnerships, discusses the progress they have made to date, identifies the impacts that have arisen thus far and those expected in the future and summarises key learning points: