Recognising the best in UK STEM teaching: ENTHUSE Celebration Award winners announced

2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award winners

Many of the UK’s best teachers and technicians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) gathered in London last night for a very moving final of the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards.

Dignitaries joined the leading teaching community and their peers at the Royal Society in London to hear the amazing stories of the impact they had made this year.

STEM Learning Chair, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, said:

"With so many inspiring stories, this is one of the best dinners I have had here. This really is great evidence of how everyone in this room is creating a world leading education for our young people to go on to solve the problems of the world, like clean energy, and healthcare.

"These teachers and technicians are enthusing our young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to join our economy, have brilliant careers and also go on to have their portraits hung up here."

Larbert High School receiving their ENTHUSE Celebration Award

Winners were announced in seven categories at the now long-standing annual event, part of our approach to achieving a world-leading education for young people in STEM subjects.

Supported by Project ENTHUSE - a partnership of Government, learned bodies, charitable trusts and employers – we invest in teachers to encourage more people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers.

STEM Learning’s Chief Executive Yvonne Baker, said:

“Everyone who has reached this stage has done so much – all the nominees are winners here. I am genuinely humbled by these stories that we hear which is why we want to celebrate their contribution at these awards.

“By committing to their continuing professional development, these teachers are providing the best STEM education in the UK - passing on their enthusiasm and expertise to encourage young people to develop specialisms our economy so vitally needs. A massive congratulations to them all.”

All those nominated had made it through the regional heats, explaining in their applications earlier this year how they had used their professional training, resources and engagement with the wider related business and research community through STEM Learning to inspire their students. 

Hilderthorpe Primary School, in Bridlington were winners of the ENTHUSE Award for STEM Primary School of the Year - supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Accepting the award on the school’s behalf, Molly Fletcher and Gail Pughe said they were thrilled to receive this teaching support for their subjects, and that this was just the beginning of their amazing journey inspiring students into STEM careers.

National ENTHUSE Celebration Award winners 2018

Individual Awards

2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Primary

  • Nicola Connor, Peel Primary School, Livingston (Scotland)

2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Secondary

  • Colin Louden, Lisneal College, Londonderry (Northern Ireland)

2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – FE

  • Dr Richard Spencer, Middlesbrough College, Middlesbrough (North)

2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – technicians and support staff

  • Amanda Watts, Aldridge School, Walsall (South)

Organisation Awards

2018 ENTHUSE Award for STEM Primary School of the Year – supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

  • Hilderthorpe Primary School, Bridlington (North)

2018 ENTHUSE Award for STEM Secondary School of the Year

  • Larbert High School, Stenhousemuir (Scotland)

2018 ENTHUSE Award for STEM FE College of the Year

  • Exeter College, Exeter (South)

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