Current Enthuse Projects

DTSA works on Enthuse Partnerships in conjunction with employers and STEM Learning.  If you would like to be one of these employers and fund one of our projects in the East Midlands then please contact Finance@DTSA.org.uk.

ENTHUSE Partnerships improve young people’s attainment and engagement in STEM subjects and develop awareness and understanding of STEM careers, contributing to the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks.

At the heart of every ENTHUSE Partnership is a collaboration between 8-10 schools or colleges, supported by coaching from a DTSA colleague over 2 years.

DTSA is working with the following Enthuse Partnerships:

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Lead School: St Mary’s CofE Primary School

Delivering Summer 2023 to Dec 2024 and coached by Jane Elmer.

Partner schools: Christ Church & Saint Peter’s Cofe Primary School, Hemington Primary School, Martinshaw Primary School, Oxley Primary School Shepshed, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School (lead School), Thorpe Acre Infant School, Thorpe Acre Junior School, Kestrel Mead Primary Academy, North Mead Primary Academy, Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy, Knighton Mead Primary Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Increased engagement for children to create greater enthusiasm for STEM subjects
  • Using student STEM ambassadors from each school who can feed back to other students within their school
  • Enable students to experience science within their local secondary schools
  • Provide CPD to staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • Inspire and enthuse both children and staff in regards to science and STEM

Impact

  • A greater variety of activities in the classroom, improved learning, and engagement was achieved through sharing ideas and methods within the partnership
  • Children are more enthusiastic about STEM and have a greater awareness of STEM subjects and topics
  • Sharing practices has inspired both staff and students in relation to science
  • STEM ambassasors have improved engagement and communication on STEM topics
  • Enthusiasm for STEM topics has increased by holding science days within schools
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Lead School: Rushey Mead Academy

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Jane Elmer.

Partner schools: Brook Mead Academy, Castle Mead Academy, Kibworth Mead Academy, Orchard Mead Academy, Rushey Mead Academy (Lead School).

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Development of student skills and knowledge of working scientifically in a consistent, appropriately sequenced way
  • Effectively using direct instruction and linking to the subjective curriculum
  • Periodic reviews of KS2, KS3 and KS4 stages of learning to ensure best and most up-to-date practices are being utilised at all times

Impact

  • Training was delivered on working scientifically and disciplinary knowledge aspects of the science curriculum, from EYFS to KS4 levels
  • Delivery of CPD helped to establish the focus of STEM within the school’s practices and methods
  • Hosted a cross-schools STEM club competition, which was established and supported by two STEM Ambassadors
  • STEM Ambassadors delivered a lecture on Black Holes for Triple Science scholars
  • There has been an immediate impact for some students through the new CPD and curriculum changes
  • Improved practices in teaching, with improved teacher knowledge and understanding has been identified in lesson planning and curriculum codification, assessment content and lesson observations.
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Lead School: Noel-Baker Academy

Delivering October 2022 to September 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Da Vinci Academy, Noel-Baker Academy (Lead School), The Birley Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Increased quality of teaching
  • Increased student achievement
  • More effective transition through education phases

Impact

  • A full staff day was held in December for Science, Maths and Technician staff to receive subject-specific and cross-curricular training, which was very well attended and received
  • STEM Ambassadors have been established throughout the partnership, who serve as inspirational role models for students. The Ambassadors have ignited a passion for STEM amongst the students, fostering a genuine interest in fields that wouldn’t have been possible without this support
  • Facilitated comprehensive CPD opportunities, both in-person and online, allowing teachers to enhance their subject knowledge and equip them with innovative teaching techniques and resources
  • Students are benefitting from a more enriched and engaging STEM education, preparing them for future success.
  • Cross Trust collaboration has been made possible by the partnership budget, leading to the creation of a Science Network Group, where the heads of Science meet every term to discuss better practices and uses of available STEM funding

“In summary, LEAD Secondary Academy’s Enthuse partnership has been instrumental in cultivating a thriving STEM provision. The introduction of STEM ambassadors, ongoing professional development, and collaborative initiatives have significantly enriched the educational opportunities for our students, empowering them to explore and excel in Science in ways that would not have been possible without this invaluable partnership.”

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Lead School: Flying High Trust

Delivering October 2022 to September 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Alderman Pounder Infant and Nursery School, Beeston Fields Primary School and Nursery, Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, Blue Bell Hill Primary and Nursery School, Brooklands Primary School, Cotgrave Candleby Lane School, Edwalton Primary School, Ernehale Infant School, Ernehale Junior School, Forest Glade Primary School, Greenwood Primary and Nursery School, Greythorn Primary School, Haddon Primary and Nursery School, Hawthorne Primary and Nursery School, Hillside Primary and Nursery School, Hollingwood Primary School, Horsendale Primary School, Hucknall Flying High Academy, John King Infant Academy, Killisick Junior School, Kirkstead Junior Academy, Leamington Primary and Nursery Academy, Mapplewells Primary and Nursery School, Peafield Lane Academy, Poolsbrook Primary Academy, Porchester Junior School, Rivendell Flying High Academy, Stanhope Primary and Nursery School, Stanstead Nursery and Primary School, The Flying High Academy, The Green Infant School, Walton Peak Flying High Academy, Whitecotes Primary Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improved leadership within STEM subjects
  • Greater training opportunities for subject leaders
  • Improved student engagement

Impact

  • An Enthuse Partnership conference was held for all partnership schools, which was both well attended and well received. It provided ample opportunity for cross-school communication improvements, the sharing of ideas and practices, and a greater understanding of how others within the field teach their subjects.
  • There has been an increased understanding on how to develop a curriculum, and the various features within that curriculum
  • There has been the provision of a wide range of courses, from Food Technology to Supporting Your Colleagues, allowing for a well-rounded approach to CPD that covers all aspects of the teaching career within the partnership
  • Context within CPD was effectively linked to practical activities that could be used in the classroom, such as on the subject of Climate and Biomes.
  • The use of images, games and interesting information not only made the CPD more engaging and digestible, but contained elements that could be made relevant across multiple age groups and be used as an interactive element for the students.
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Lead School: Huntingdon Academy

Delivering January 2023 to December 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Birley Primary Academy, Birley Spa Primary Academy, Bishop Alexander L.E.A.D. Academy, Charnock Hall Primary Academy, Cloudside Academy, Edna G. Olds Academy, Forest Lodge Academy, Hogarth Academy, Huntingdon Academy (lead school), Jubilee L.E.A.D. Academy, Manor Farm Academy, Millfield L.E.A.D. Academy, Radford Primary Academy, Rainbow Forge Primary Academy, Sir Edmund Hillary Primary Academy, St Ann’s Well Academy, Sycamore Academy, The Glapton Academy, Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy, Waddington All Saints Academy, Warren Primary Academy, Windmill L.E.A.D. Academy, Witham St Hughs Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improving of curriculum enrichment for students, and bring science to life for them
  • Encouraging students to advance their critical thinking the problem solving skills
  • To improve the subject knowledge of our teachers so that they may support their students with the above aims

Impact

  • A headteacher CPD survey taken across the partnership showed that Geography in particular was seen as a hugely valuable and enjoyable CPD offering
  • A Collaborative  Deep Dive was organised at Millfield L.E.A.D. Academy, which enabled Science Leaders to see high-quality science provision in action, as well as to develop their own science leadership through Jane Banham’s high-quality modelling and reflective activities
    • demystification of the deep dive process
    • discussion of issues was effectively facilitated
    • valuable insights shared from subject specialists regarding information and ideas about teaching and learning in science
    • time for reflection was effective and valuable
    • sharing of high quality practices and methods
    • provide a comprehensive overview of what science looks like across the entire school age range
  • “The Deep Dive was incredibly useful. As a teacher who has just taken over as a science lead, it allowed me to see quality practice, understand expectations for a deep dive and to see what science looks like across a school. I took away so many ideas that I have already began to implement. Best training I have been on in a long time!”
  • There is a newly perceived ‘buzz’ in the partner schools related to STEM CPD, which has led to requests for further in-school, whole-staff training. This enables the partnership to embed best practice across the schools, and shows that the profile of science is increase across the trust primary schools as more and more headteachers prioritise this CPD.

“I would like to thank you again for the wealth of knowledge you provided me with on the deep dive day at Millfield. Your passion and excitement for science really came across, which I found inspiring.”

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Lead School: Soar Valley College

Delivering October 2022 to September 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Avanti Fields School, Beaumont Leys School, Crown Hills Community College, Fullhurst Community College, Hastings High School, Judgemeadow Community College, Madani Boys School, Madani Girls’ School, Moat Community College, New College Leicester, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar Alford – A Selective Academy, Robert Smyth Academy, Sir Jonathan North Girls College, Soar Valley College (Lead School), St Paul’s Catholic School, a Voluntary Academy, The City of Leicester College, The Winstanley School, Uppingham Community College.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improve the confidence and knowledge of our Science Technicians
  • Create more practical engagement within the classroom
  • Improve student achievement and overall educational outcomes across STEM as a result of the above

Impact

  • Provision of physics focussed training has provided new ways of delivering practical experiences in the classroom
  • Technicians are taking on more of a vocal role in department meetings
  • Provision of a range of Technician CPD courses following the closure of the partnerships’ previous CPD provider
  • Increased interest in CPD training thanks to the enjoyable, engaging nature of the courses and the resources and expertise provided by the facilitators

“I have been a technician for 17 years but I am learning new things on a regular basis and my confidence is growing.”

“As a Senior Technician, I can pass all this new knowledge on to our wonderful teachers and by using the resources and new ideas the students will hopefully enjoy as we did today!”

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Lead School: Redhill Academy Trust

Delivering January 2023 to December 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: The Carlton Junior Academy, The Carlton Infant Academy, Robert Mellors Primary Academy, Tupton Primary and Nursery Academy, North Wingfield Primary and Nursery Academy, Tupton Hall School, Brookfield Community School, The Bolsover School, Colonel Frank Seely Academy, Park Vale Academy, South Nottinghamshire Academy, The Oakwood Academy, Hall Park Academy, Carlton Academy, Redhill Academy.

What is this Primary-Level partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improving the investigation skills of students within KS1 and KS2
  • Effective transition between Year 6 and Year 7
  • Greater science subject knowledge at primary level
  • Providing teachers with skills to better aid with the Year 6 to Year 7 transition

What is this Secondary-Level partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improved uptake of science at A-Level amongst minority groups
  • Improved uptake of science in general at A-Level
  • Improved outcomes across KS3 to KS5
  • Improved teacher confidence in teaching outside of their specialism
  • Building up the classroom expertise of the ECT pool

Impact

  • Training around Ofsted’s primary science report was well-received, delivering informative and up-to-date CPD that provided teachers with the latest findings and more recent practices to implement in their own classrooms
  • Allowed teachers to feel more prepared for Ofsted as subject leaders
  • Improved understanding of the relationship between science and other curriculum subjects, and in what order
  • Relevant focus on EYFS and KS1 provided where necessary, allowing tailored content to be delivered to schools at the right level for their teaching
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Lead School: Diverse Academies Trust

Delivering January 2023 to December 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, East Leake Academy, Hillocks Primary Academy, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Redgate Primary Academy, Retford Oaks Academy, Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, The Holgate Academy, Thrumpton Primary Academy, Tuxford Academy, Tuxford Primary Academy, Wainwright Primary Academy, Walton Academy, Yeoman Park Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • To improve the transition from Primary to Secondary education within Design & Technology
  • Creation of STEM clubs at a primary level
  • Greater knowledge and understanding for teachers

Impact

  • A comprehensive and impactful plan has been set up from the end of this year and next, looking at EYFS, DT, Geography and Science
  • Primary-level STEM clubs are on the agenda for next year
  • QA and monitoring from DT has shown that children are more engaged in DT-related learning, and staff are becoming more confident in this subject
  • Primary schools have updated and modified their knowledge strips as a result of training received.

Children are telling us more clearly about their learning and using the correct vocabulary, making links to previous or other curriculum learning.”

“As part of a Trust we regularly review what is happening across the primary academies. With a particular focus on STEM subjects we can see evidence of improvement, new ideas and revisiting curriculum documents to ensure correct progression and that all aspects and strands of subjects are covered appropriately. Resources have also been audited.”

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Lead School: Thomas Gainsborough School

Delivering January 2023 to December 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools:Breckland School, Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, Castle Manor Academy, Felixstowe School, Haverhill Community Sixth Form, Newmarket Academy, Samuel Ward Academy, St Edward’s Church of England Academy, Sybil Andrews Academy, Thomas Gainsborough School (Lead School).

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Better staff confidence
  • Higher attainment students moving to A Levels
  • Higher levels of engagement

Impact

  • Staff have been able to provide more hands on experiences for students due to an increased understanding.
  • Funding from the SLP allowed TGS to take students to the STEM On The Move event at East Coast College
  • Student attendance at STEM Club increased by 50% at TGS
  • Pupils are demonstrating a more positive opinion of science

“The biggest success this term has been within the science technician team. There has been a legacy of low engagement in CPD and networking across this group which has in some cases limited improvements and in others left individuals feeling isolated. From these beginnings, our technicians are like a team reborn. Engagement in CPD is at an all-time high and networking is happening organically across schools without prompting. Examples of this would include one of our technicians offering to go and support a new technician at a different school; the technicians requesting and agreeing their own CPD programme for a training day; an active swap-shop being established for surplus resources across network schools.


We now have a stable and happy technician team across schools in the partnership. Happy technicians make for happier teachers. There have been reports of new and novel practicals being carried out at schools due to upskilled technicans and their willingness to share ideas and resources.

Science and maths teams from across the trust have begun working more closely together and in one school have had joint-whole dept CPD focussing on a coherent and consistent approach to ratio tables (aka proportional reasoning grids).”

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Lead School: Coupals Primary Academy

Delivering January 2023 to December 2024 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Abbots Green Primary Academy, Burton End Primary Academy, Churchill Special Free School, Clements Primary Academy, Coupals Primary Academy (Lead School), Ditton Lodge Primary School, Glemsford Primary Academy, Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy, Kedington Primary Academy, Langer Primary Academy, Laureate Community Academy, Place Farm Primary Academy, Sir Bobby Robson School, Sir Peter Hall School, Steeple Bumpstead Primary School, The Bridge School, Tollgate Primary School, Wells Hall Primary School, Westfield Primary Academy, Wickhambrook Primary Academy, Woodhall Primary School, Robert Kett Primary School, West Row Academy.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Increased knowledge of staff
  • Increased confidence of staff
  • Retention of staff
  • Increased engagement of students
  • Increased attainment of students

Impact

  • Science trips for Year Four pupils to places such as the Curiosity Cube at SWA
  • Improved quality of teaching
  • Feedback on development trackers
  • Good attitude to science learning
  • Better engagement in extracurricular activities and enrichment opportunities.
  • The new Science lead has attended some of the STEM / Enthuse online CPD which has inspired her to set up a STEM / Science club at school with lots of keen pupils who are eager to attend the lunch time enrichment.
  • During wet lunch and break times, children have been taking part in doing different STEM activities which has contributed to developing the children’s scientific curiosity.
  • There has been an increased level of pupil engagement in STEM Science activities. This has been measured by the pupils’ interest in practical Science activities.

“Children are even more motivated to engage in Scientific activities and are motivated to join the STEM club that is going to be run in the not so distant future.”

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Lead School: Pear Tree Infant School

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Becket Primary School, Brookfield Primary School, Griffe Field Primary School, Pear Tree Infant School (Lead School), Portway Infant School, St Peter’s Church of England Aided Junior School, Whitecross Nursery School

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Leadership support for SLT engagement with primary and EYFS science
  • Science leadership support
  • Networking support
  • Improvement of science across all key stages

Impact

  • Positively impacting teacher pedagogy and confidence in delivering key knowledge within subjects.
  • Increased student interest and engagement in class
  • More of a buzz around science planning
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Lead School: Ridgeway Infant School

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Cavendish Close Infant School, Central Community Nursery School, Chellaston Infant School, Derwent Primary School, Meadow Farm Community Primary School, Ridgeway Infant School (Lead School).

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Leadership support for SLT engagement with primary and EYFS science
  • Science leadership support
  • Networking support
  • Improvement of science across all key stages

Impact

  • Basic communication in Makaton which is a useful skill to engage withm for the children’s benefit, especially those with that need it, as well as EAL children
  • After looking at resources on STEM in Early Years and accessing the Engineering reports, the partnership used these concepts to enhance outdoor play for all pupils based on loose parts play. This has been really successful and great to see child-initiated STEM learning outside of structured lesson time. This is going to be a long term project that they hope to enhance with more outdoor opportunities for play and learning and which has a curricular lead attached
  •  The Geography lead found the Integrating climate change into the primary curriculum course inspirational and has begun work on embedding aspects of this training into our curriculum.
  • Pupils are benefitting from more engaging lesson content which has been evident in learning walks where high levels of engagement and enjoyment were visible in science/STEM lessons.
  • Termly assessment shows more children on track with learning at this point in the year than in previous years. Teachers felt that this was because the children had been more engaged with more practical teaching activities.
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Lead School: Ripley Junior School

Delivering June 2023 to May 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Ambergate Primary School, Gayton Junior School, Homefields Primary School, Long Row Primary School, Oak Grange Primary School, Ripley Junior School (Lead School), Roe Farm Primary School, Wren Park Primary School.

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Leadership support for SLT engagement with primary and EYFS science
  • Science leadership support
  • Networking support
  • Improvement of science across all key stages

Impact

  • Integrating climate change into the Primary curriculum and, kickstarting a focus on integrating climate change into the primary science and geography curriculum
  • Updating of assessment expectations
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Lead School: Murray Park Community School

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Chellaston Academy, Chellaston Junior School, Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, Mickleover Primary School, Murray Park Community School (Lead School), Ravensdale Junior School

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • To provide better outcomes for students
  • Encourage better staff retention

Impact

  • The Science Lead was able to attend AR training in York and has many ideas now to take into the curriculum, based upon this training.

“As part of this I have set up a club for STEM Robotics and I’m also investigating AI and Cyber security. This enables me to have the confidence to set up this extracurricular club and the students have engaged well with this as a result. It has encouraged some students to become interested in STEM subjects as a potential career path too, through discussions I have had with them.”

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Lead School: Allestree Woodlands

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Allestree Woodlands School (Lead School), City of Derby Academy, Derby Cathedral School, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, The Bemrose School.

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improved attainment in STEM subjects via increased quality of teaching
  • Increased quality of subject leadership
  • Increased quality and provision of STEM enrichment opportunities

Impact

  • Allestree and Bemrose schools have signed up for the MOD Cyber Proposal offer via STEM Learning and the SLP
  • Attendance by technicians and teaching staff has resulted in improved knowledge and understanding, and improved provision in a practical offering
  • Anecdotal evidence via student voice suggests that students appreciate the wider range of practicals schools are now able to offer
  • Teaching staff appreciate the advice and guidance given by technicians following the practical training they have received.
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Lead School: West Bridgford School

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Castle Donington College, CP Riverside School, Highfields School, John Flamsteed Community School, Limehurst Academy, The Joseph Whitaker School, The Kimberley School, The Ripley Academy, The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form, The West Bridgford School (Lead School).

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Secondary Enthuse for secondaries on transition from KS2 to KS3 and KS4 to KS5, including SKE and Maths in science projects

Impact

  • Cross curricular links, school collaboration and access to future projects impact has been evidenced by feedback from teachers and students, assessment of progress through school assessment processes and consideration of base line data and predicted grades
  • Faraday challenge 4 schools took part in the Faraday challenge in March 2024 
  • Improvements have been observed through the engagement levels of teachers on the courses; observations of trainee teachers; coaching of teachers; attainment data as and when available; impact on the broader curriculum such as clubs and the engagement with those; confidence levels in delivering out of specialism
  • The support from the ENTHUSE partnership has been outstanding
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Lead School: Mornington Primary School

Delivering June 2023 to May 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Awsworth Primary and Nursery School, Blidworth Oaks Primary School, Gilthill Primary School, Heathlands Primary School, Hollywell Primary School, Kimberley Primary School, Larkfields Infant School, Mornington Primary School (Lead School), Street Lane Primary School.

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • To improve confidence of teaching D&T
  • To give confidence to staff members to move into leadership roles.

Impact

  • We have re launched our eco council and they have been working on developing the nature garden further 
  • Levels of student enjoyment have been seen through child interviews.
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Lead School: Wyndham Spencer Academy

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings and Simon Patchett.

Partner schools: Ashwood Spencer Academy, Brackensdale Spencer Academy, Castleward Spencer Academy, Chellaston Fields Spencer Academy, Chetwynd Spencer Academy, Clover Leys Spencer Academy, Fairfield Spencer Academy, Glenbrook Spencer Academy, Highfields Spencer Academy, Hilton Spencer Academy, Inkersall Spencer Academy, Millside Spencer Academy, Portland Spencer Academy, Rosecliffe Spencer Academy, St Giles Spencer Academy, Sunnyside Spencer Academy, The Mease Spencer Academy, Wyndham Spencer Academy (Lead School).

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Improved KS2 outcomes
  • Improved teacher retention
  • Improvement in confidence to teach science practically

Impact

  • CPD for staff has been provided which has led to key ideas being shared during staff meetings and new practices being put in place
  • Subject and phase leaders have improved knowledge and professional development
  • Staff have been able to access specialist guidance in areas which are not often allocated during specific staff meeting time, such as Design and Technology or specific Science knowledge
  • Science book look showed that there was the beginnings of change in the way Science was taught and recorded which is a direct impact of CPD
  • Impact is being measured through regular monitoring processes such as a termly subject deep dives. This involves looking at work, observing lessons, and talking to students. In STEM subjects there has been an improvement on previous years in terms of the confidence of teachers teaching STEM subjects, especially DT and practical Science, which teachers lacked the confidence to teach before

“We welcomed 42 primary school children to take part in this year’s Primary Maths Challenge. We had 11 teams selected from our local primary schools to take part in different maths solving activities. Some of our Year 11 students came in to support the teams.”

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Lead School: Stokes Wood Primary School

Delivering April 2023 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Barley Croft Primary School, Catherine Junior School, Charnwood Primary School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Holy Cross School A Catholic Voluntary Academy, Inglehurst Junior School, Mayflower Primary School, Mellor Community Primary School, Newbold Verdon Primary School, Sandfield Close Primary School, Slater Primary School, St John the Baptist CofE Primary School, Stokes Wood Primary School (Lead School), Wyvern Primary School.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Working scientifically is an improvement areas across the schools
  • A large group of these schools have focussed on Maths and Behaviour over the past 2 years and now need help to integrate Science leadership into the staff and improve assessment models to drive up science standards
  • Introduction of DT to teachers to help their confidence in teaching this growing area

Impact

  • Space Week at Sandfield was hugely successful, resulting in the production of a special ‘newspaper’ made by Year 6 reporters
  • More science leads are kept up to date with recent developments, such as new Explorify resources and focussing on the 10 key issues in teaching primary Science
  • Science leads understand the impact of new initiatives
  • Teacher and pupil attitudes towards Science have improved
  • Schools are looking at tracking data for Autumn 2022 which is encouraging as not all schools did this for the whole school.
  • Teachers in schools have reported that Working Scientifically is being covered more within the Programmes of Study units and teachers are becoming more focused on just one or two objectives whilst teaching.
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Lead School: Thornsett Primary School

Delivering October 2023 to September 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings.

Partner schools: Buxworth Primary School, Chapel En-Le-Frith Primary School, Furness Vale Primary School, Hayfield Primary School, New Mills Primary School, Newtown Primary School, St George’s CofE Primary School, St. Luke’s CofE Primary School, Taxal and Fernilee Primary School, Thornsett Primary School (Lead School), Whaley Bridge Primary School.

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Ensuring Science units of work have regular opportunities for Working Scientifically that are supported better with recording technology (Data Loggers, etc)
  • Make better links across the STEM (and wider) curriculum, including Computing
  • Further develop STEM links to Food Technology
  • For all areas, ensure all those delivering the STEM curriculum, including Teaching Assistants, have the CPD required to deliver the above three outcomes

Impact

  • It is evident through lesson observations, planning scrutiny, and pupil voice that some of the ideas from CPD have been implemented. Pupils are very enthusiastic about STEM learning and the Working Scientifically strand was strong.
  • Science Subject leads have shared with staff in their school settings, the useful learning points from the CPD. The Science Subject leads will monitor these during the coming terms.
  • Staff are enthused by the project, also helping with provision of high quality resources and have arranged for use of Micro:bits and data loggers for the second half of the year. They are keen to access CPD too, to help them use the resources effectively.
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Lead School: Haydn Primary School

Delivering October 2023 to September 2025 and coached by John Jefferies.

Partner schools: Haydn Primary School (Lead School), Seely Primary School, Robin Hood Primary School, Westglade Primary School, Dovecote Primary, Rufford Primary and Nursery School, Carrington Primary and Nursery School.

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Focus on the teaching of DT in primary schools, and how it can be enhanced by other STEM subjects such as Science, engineering, electronics, CAD/CAM, architecture and more
  • Improved liaision with ambassadors, industries and companies to create opportunities to link teaching to the wider world and increase student understanding of STEM career prospects
  • Improved access to teacher training in STEM subjects

Impact for Teachers

  • Upskilled teachers who are more confident and knowledgeable in DT. Staff are equipped with the ability to plan high quality, sequential and progressive lessons that engage and challenge all children.
  • Meaningful cross curricular links are being promoted between STEM subjects in the National Curriculum.
  • The importance of STEM subjects for Secondary learning and beyond is being promoted, and how these skills can be transferrable and useful for children’s future careers.

Impact for Pupils

  • Pupils have a better idea of how DT looks in the wider world and have [been given] more opportunities to take risks, to become resourceful, innovative, and enterprising.
  • Ensuring that it is accessible for all pupils including SEND, but also to extend greater depth in children and those who have a keen interest in STEM subjects.
  • Helping children to see how important STEM subjects are for our rapidly changing world and understanding how these skills can be transferrable and useful for their future careers.
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Lead School: Rushey Mead Primary

Delivering March 2024 to March 2025 and coached by Anna Cummings and the National Space Centre, Leicester.

Partner schools: Abbey Mead Primary Academy, Hope Hamilton CofE Primary School, Humberstone Infant Academy, Humberstone Junior School, Merrydale Junior School, St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Thurnby Mead Primary Academy, Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, Falcons Primary School, Catherine Infant School, Herrick Primary School, Leicester City Primary PRU, Merrydale Infant School, Scraptoft Valley Primary School, Rushey Mead Primary (Lead School).

 

What is this partnership aiming to achieve?

  • Having accurate assessment of student and improved teacher confidence in delivery and assessment. 

Impact 

  • Coming soon.