Evaluation of STEM Insight Programme: final report November 2017
The STEM Insight teacher placement programme aims to increase STEM career learning and awareness amongst students and enhance schools’ careers provision. This report investigates the impact of the scheme on its participants (teachers), their students and schools/colleges, and host employers.
The research was carried out on a purposive sample of 18 placements, through over 40 interviews with participants, senior staff colleagues and their placement hosts (employer or university). The sample included teachers from a range of STEM disciplines and other educators, different types and locations of school/college and a range of hosts. Information from the interviews was supplemented with data collected by STEM Learning from scheme participants, including feedback questionnaires.
The evaluation finds that the STEM Insight scheme is highly valued by teachers and other educators, their schools and their placement host employers and that all the participants would recommend it to others while all the hosts wish at minimum to sustain their involvement in the scheme. The report also contains a number of recommendations for the future of the programme.