STEM Pathfinder Programme

The STEM Pathfinder programme, funded by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and managed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), aimed to enable and support networks of specialist schools to design, deliver and integrate STEM activities across their school.

These aims were supported through a programme of continuing professional development, and provision of resources, consultancy and advice to schools. The driver for the Pathfinder was DCSF’s interest in whether a STEM specialism could be manageable and advantageous for schools. As a result the types of activities that schools carried out were those that could potentially form part of a STEM specialism.

This collection comprises:
*Evaluation report of the STEM Pathfinder Programme and its executive summary.
*A publication with practical advice for schools and colleges interested in developing their own practice.
*Four supporting videos and nine case studies exemplifying leading practice in action.


Evaluation of the STEM Pathfinder Programme

An evaluation, published in October 2009,  of the STEM Pathfinder programme was carried out by NFER on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), and draws on evidence gathered from twenty-nine of the participating forty schools.

The evaluation sought to provide findings on the...

Leading Practice: Videos

From the SSAT STEM Pathfinder programme, four videos exemplifying leading practice in STEM: What is STEM?, Raising attainment through STEM, STEM and external partners, and STEM ways of working. A transcript is provided for each video.

Leading Practice in STEM

This publication from the SSAT's STEM Pathfinder programme describes the approaches that the forty participating schools developed to embed 'STEM' learning. The examples include successful STEM practice for parents, students, and other people who work with schools and academies, including industry and higher...

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