Fiona Cruickshanks, Strategic Lead with responsibility for STEM at Aberdeenshire Council, said:
“We are pleased to part of the RAiSE network. As an authority, we fully recognise that STEM is hugely important to our region’s success now and in the future. We must act strategically in order to empower the next generation.”
Twenty-two of Scotland’s 32 local authorities have now benefitted from the investment which funds the secondment of PSDOs for a two-year period to develop a strategy, action plan, build networks and partnerships, develop resources, and deliver professional learning, acting as a central point of contact for STEM learning locally.
Dr Kim Aplin said:
“From my time as a teacher and headteacher, I know just how important it is to identify high-quality training, resources, and partnerships which bring the curriculum to life in a very accessible way. With so many competing priorities, STEM can be seen as an add-on. It is our role to showcase that it can in fact be a driver to achieve a range of priorities, while really playing to children’s natural enthusiasm to figure out the world around them.”
Through recent surveying, more than 80% of practitioners said the programme challenged pupils in their learning, and that they had received support for developing pupils’ skills for learning, life, and work. They also said pupils’ aspirations had increased and that they had received support to build their own confidence, skills, and knowledge of STEM.