First cohort of ENTHUSE Partnerships now complete

The ENTHUSE Partnership programme provides groups of schools with funding for collaborative activities to improve teaching and learning in STEM subjects.

 The 2014-16 programme provided state funded primary and secondary schools and FE colleges with a maximum of £12,000 to work in partnership with at least four other schools wishing to work together to address local issues of underachievement in STEM subjects. ENTHUSE Partnerships enable sustained support through continuing professional development for teachers and STEM based learning activities with students.

The ENTHUSE Partnership programme overall:
  • has been successful in meeting teachers’ and schools' needs and objectives in science
  • its content has attracted praise, as has its usefulness and the way in which it has been organised and planned
  • the most useful elements of the CPD have been:
    • ideas and experiments that make science more engaging for students
    • exposure to activities that give students hands-on experience of science
    • having the opportunity to look at science materials from other schools and discuss approaches with other teachers

Most of the teachers now expect to participate in more CPD or partnership initiatives as a result of the programme. Most also expect there to be more interest in CPD in their schools.

There are currently 38 ENTHUSE Partnerships running, comprising 248 schools, of which 201 are primary and 47 are secondary schools.

The benefits for teachers include:
  • awareness of best practice and access to resources and support
  • collaboration with other schools and wider community (eg businesses and industries)
  • better subject and curriculum knowledge
  • improved confidence and motivation
  • ability to teach science in a more engaging way (eg practical activities, real-life projects, outdoor learning)
Student outcomes:
  • increased engagement in lessons and enjoyment of science
  • improving attainment and progress
  • narrowing the gap for pupil premium students
  • higher proportions of students achieving in line with National Curriculum expectations


This quote, from our first ENTHUSE Partnership Cohort, demonstrates the impact and sustainability of the partnership:

"We are carrying forward practice, skills and knowledge gained for our work with ENTHUSE.  We are now leading a group of 20 schools on a 2017 project on rockets called ‘Looking out to space - Looking back to earth.’ There is legacy cpd impact - we are continuing to impact within in our schools but we are creating our own outreach cpd too.  Can I thank everyone again for the opportunity we had on behalf of our 6 schools.”

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