Evaluation

  • ENTHUSE Partnerships: Lloyd's Register Foundation

    April 2020

    • The Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) is supporting an intensive programme of ENTHUSE Partnerships to raise achievement in STEM and stimulate interest in and enthusiasm for engineering. Initial data on the first cohort of 20 LRF Partnerships is already demonstrating impact on STEM attainment, interest, careers knowledge and aspirations just one year into their two-year action plans.

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  • Aspire to STEM: Independent Evaluation

    April 2020

    • The Aspire to STEM programme worked with schools in disadvantaged areas, improving teaching quality, subject leadership and teacher retention. Schools were supported to organise community events that engaged students and families, boosting STEM uptake. An early external evaluation found that Aspire to STEM has improved student engagement and progress.

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  • STEM Learning CPD: impact on GCSE science

    March 2020

    • Analysis of data on science GCSEs shows that engagement with STEM Learning science CPD improves results. Schools whose teachers had recently participated in our CPD saw an increase of over 10% in the proportion of students achieving a good grade in two science GCSEs - more than double the progress of non-engaged schools.

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  • STEM Learning CPD: impact on science in primary schools

    March 2020

    • Analysis of data on Key Stage 2 assessments for science shows that engagement with STEM Learning science CPD improves results. Primary schools where teachers had recently engaged with our CPD improve their results around 50% faster than other schools.

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  • ENTHUSE Partnerships: Cohort 6

    February 2020

    • ENTHUSE Partnerships are intensive 2-year programmes that enable schools to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM. Analysis of data from Cohort 6 shows clear benefits for young people: with improved attainment as well as increased self-efficacy and motivation. The Partnerships also helped disadvantaged (“Pupil Premium”) students narrow the gap. Girls and boys developed more positive attitudes towards science and STEM careers, with more considering themselves to be “the kind of person who could have a STEM career”.

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  • STEM Learning CPD: economic impact on teacher retention

    January 2020

    • An independent study by Education Datalab showed that teachers engaged with STEM Learning science CPD are more likely to stay in the profession, reducing the need to train new teachers. Combining the Education Datalab results with an IFS estimate of the cost of initial teacher training, we calculate that STEM Learning CPD has saved the UK at least £58.5m in teacher training costs, a return on investment of 153%.​

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  • Polar Explorer Programme: Independent Evaluation

    December 2019

    • The Polar Explorer Programme (PEP) used public interest in the Polar Research Vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough and its famous submarine Boaty McBoatface to inspire pupils and teachers in primary schools.  An external evaluation found PEP improved teaching, pupil confidence, enjoyment, engagement and progression in STEM. PEP encouraged pupils to see that “anyone can work in STEM”, increasing aspirations towards STEM careers especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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