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Final call for secondary schools: apply for the Polar Explorer grant award

Published: Nov 6, 2018 2 min read

STEM learning

The Polar Explorer grant award is open to all state-funded secondary schools that wish to improve the transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary using the Polar Explorer programme to underpin this. 

Deadline for applications is 11 January 2019

Secondary schools can apply for an award of £2,500, which aims to focus on the following four areas, the key to the successful transition of pupils in STEM subjects from primary to secondary:

  • science leadership
  • quality of collaboration between science teachers
  • involving pupils in science activities during the transition
  • ensuring continuity and progression in the science curriculum and pedagogy

To apply, secondary schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with their chosen feeder primary schools and complete both a short self-evaluation of their current work, and forward action plan.

Full access to the free Polar Explorer programme educational resources is a key element of the project.

You will find our new resource on transition particularly useful in preparing your application.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a day of CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, in York on Monday 25 March 2019, exploring further ways in which the Polar Explorer programme, and our wider STEM-related support, can support you and your primary feeder schools.

At the end of the project, schools will complete a brief impact report, highlighting the impact of your work, of value to senior leaders, governors and inspectors.

Get involved

For access to the guidance and application forms, you will need to register for an account on our website.

Find out more and get involved

If you have any questions please contact polar@stem.org.uk