Lloyd’s Register Foundation ENTHUSE Partnerships get off to a flying start

Collage of the National STEM Learning Centre and teachers attending CPD

The first 20 Lloyd’s Register Foundation ENTHUSE Partnerships, impacting 88 schools and up to 40,000 young people, are now well underway.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation has committed £300,000 towards funding these 20 ENTHUSE Partnerships across the UK, to stimulate and sustain young people’s interest and enthusiasm for engineering. The Partnerships are aligned to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Habits of Mind, a proven framework for increasing engineering skills across the curriculum in schools and colleges.

The funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together in ENTHUSE Partnerships to identify and address issues with participation and achievement in engineering and technology.

Teachers, schools and colleges are being provided with expert in-school guidance, mentoring, CPD and other forms of support. 1,600 days’ worth of subject-specific CPD focused on engineering and emerging technologies tailored to the individual school environment is being supplemented by networking events, conferences and an online community to share best practice, along with signposting and curation of high-quality educational resources. Each Partnership will participate in a teacher work experience placement with a local employer.

Focusing on groups of schools and colleges in unsupported communities, the Partnerships deliver a future-facing and industry-focused curriculum. They work with local engineering and technology employers and a cohort of industry-based Engineering Champions to create a community of teachers with cutting-edge technical and pedagogical understanding in engineering and emerging technologies, well connected to local employers within the engineering sector, who are able to deliver a quality engineering education programme.

The first 20 Lloyd’s Register ENTHUSE Partnerships are located as far south as Torquay and all the way to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, and focus on subjects as diverse as:

  • increasing uptake of design and technology and engineering GCSE, particularly amongst girls
  • increase the proportion of students studying A level computer science
  • primary schools working with secondary leads on transition planning for computing, engineering and science
  • working with pupils and their parents from Years 8-13 to increase their knowledge of careers and opportunities that engineering and computing qualifications can bring
  • preparing students for technical careers in their region’s high-growth digital economy
  • getting pupil premium students to aspire to involvement in science and engineering post-16
  • improving the awareness and teaching of engineering through computing, specifically for girls and to increase their interest and uptake of computer science and future pathways into engineering careers

Commenting on progress already made by this first cohort of Lloyd’s Register Foundation ENTHUSE Partnerships, Dr Tim Slingsby, Director of Skills and Education, said:

“Our aim is to enable disadvantaged and underrepresented young people to improve their learning outcomes in STEM subjects, increasing the number of young people choosing to pursue engineering and technological disciplines post-16.”

The sustained and bespoke approach of ENTHUSE Partnerships has been shown by independent evaluation to transform participating schools and colleges, resulting in demonstrable impacts for young people. These 20 pilot Partnerships will impact the attitudes, achievement and progression of as many as 40,000 young people, resulting in a life-long interest in engineering.

The aim of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation ENTHUSE Partnerships is to enable disadvantaged and underrepresented young people to improve their learning outcomes in STEM subjects, increasing the number of young people choosing to pursue engineering and technological disciplines post-16.

Lead schools/colleges for the first 20 Lloyd’s Register ENTHUSE Partnerships have been confirmed as:

Partnership name

Lead school/college

Selby College

Selby College, North Yorkshire

South Liverpool

St Hilda’s C of E High School, Liverpool

Trafford schools STEM Group

Stretford High School, Manchester

Fermanagh Computing Together

St Joseph’s College, Enniskillen

Ballycastle STEM Partnership

Cross & Passion College, Ballycastle

Outer North STEM Cluster

Thornhill College, Derry

Bentley Wood High School

Bentley Wood High School, Harrow

Bohunt School, Wokingham

Bohunt School, Wokingham

Bay Education Trust and Partners

Paignton Community and Sports Academy, Torquay

South Essex Partnership

Seevic and Palmer’s College, Benfleet

Rowan Learning Trust

Hawkley Hall High School, Wigan

BwD STEM Partnership

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Blackburn

Pathfinder

Fulford School, York

Bristol Science Capital Partnership

Colston's Girls School, Bristol

Titus Salt School

Titus Salt School, Bradford

The Tyne Valley Partnership

Corbridge Middle School, Northumberland

Co-op Design and Technology Team

The Co-operative Academy of Manchester

The Long Eaton School

The Long Eaton School, Derbyshire

The Education Alliance

South Hunsley School and Sixth Form, East Yorkshire

sySTEMic

The Kingsway School, Cheadle

About Lloyd’s Register Foundation

The vision of the Lloyd's Register Foundation is to be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In pursuit of this, they connect science, safety and society by supporting research of the highest quality, and acting as catalysts working with others to achieve maximum impact through their grant making.

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