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£7.3 million investment in STEM teaching across the UK

Published: Apr 4, 2019 2 min read

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Project ENTHUSE has secured £6.5 million of joint funding from the Department for Education and Wellcome, and £830,000 from business and other charitable partners (including BP, Rolls-Royce, Lloyds’ Register Foundation and Eaton) to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching across the UK.

Project ENTHUSE enables teachers of STEM subjects – from early years to post-16 – to benefit from STEM-specific professional development throughout their careers. Independent evidence demonstrates how this translates into improved achievement for young people in these vital subjects, as well as their understanding of the careers to which STEM can lead.

Evaluation also shows how professional development provided by STEM Learning – and made possible by ENTHUSE – helps retain teachers within the profession, particularly in the early stages of their careers.  

Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEM Learning said,

"This continued support for ENTHUSE demonstrates how important this work is – to individual teachers, their students and the education system but also for the economy and wider society. Knowledgeable and inspirational teaching for all young people is vital if we are to improve UK productivity and ready ourselves for the technological and social challenges ahead. ENTHUSE is fundamental to ensuring that the UK businesses can meet their future skills needs, and give all young people the future they deserve. We urge more employers to get involved.”

Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society at Wellcome, said

“We are delighted to announce our continued support for Project ENTHUSE. We know that high quality professional development results in the inspiring and effective teaching that all young people deserve.  It also has an important additional benefit of dramatically reducing the likelihood of secondary science teachers leaving the profession.  With a severe shortage of science teachers in England and the fact that it averages £23,000 to train a secondary science teacher, it is easy to see the benefit of ENTHUSE.”

Peter Mather, group regional president, Europe and head of country, UK at BP plc, said

“As a founding partner of Project ENTHUSE, BP is delighted to confirm its renewed support. Great teaching is fundamental to the future of our society, and teachers and technicians are at the heart of inspiring young people to see themselves in future STEM careers. We encourage more employers to join Project ENTHUSE and be a part of securing the UK’s future talent supply.”