The Society’s newest education scheme aims to strengthen the links between the Society and schools and colleges across the country, to help ensure our work in Education is based on the real needs of schools and makes best use of teachers’ expertise.

Marie-Claude Dupuis and Anne Helme from the Royal Society meeting students at La Sainte Union Catholic School

Marie-Claude Dupuis and Anne Helme from the Royal Society meeting students at La Sainte Union Catholic School

Keen teachers, technicians and headteachers who have demonstrated a commitment to science and mathematics education and a willingness to share their knowledge and creativity with each other and with us have been taking part in a range of activities, such as reviewing the teaching resources on our Invigorate website, contributing to the Society’s response to the National Curriculum Review, or acting as facilitators for a policy debate at the recent Association for Science Education Conference.

La Sainte Union Catholic School in Camden was one of the original schools who participated in the pilot of the scheme and is still a member. Dr Pari Collis is the science enrichment coordinator at the school:

“La Sainte Union is involved in a whole range of science activities, with several STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) clubs, frequent invited speakers, and trips out to places like the Science Museum, Royal Institution, University College London, and the Natural History Museum.  We have taken part in the Society’s Young People’s Book Prize judging, the Partnership Grants scheme, and I have been part of a focus group about teaching resources. I really appreciate the support from the Royal Society staff, such as making us aware of all the science enrichment opportunities on offer. The Royal Society is such a prestigious organisation for us to be associated with. It really helps us to inspire our students and it is a privilege for us to be part of the scheme.”

La Sainte Union School will be exhibiting their Partnership Grants project at the Summer Science Exhibition 2012.

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