RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education), Clackmannanshire Council and North Lanarkshire Council have appointed a Primary Science Development Officers (PSDOs) to develop and deliver professional learning, create STEM networks and organise community events.
RAiSE is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and participating local authorities.
John Cochrane, RAiSE PSDO in North Lanarkshire, said:
“In North Lanarkshire, we are committed to ensuring that all primary pupils have the opportunities to benefit from lessons which create the bedrock upon which later learning and, eventually, work will be based upon. STEM is a vitally important component to develop creative thinkers and problem solvers.
“Professional learning is key to increasing confidence. As a teacher myself, I understand the pressures we face in delivering a varied curriculum with a number of different drivers and priorities to strive towards. Rather than viewing STEM as an add-on, I will be working with teachers to develop opportunities which make STEM a vehicle to address existing goals in a way that really excites and engages learners.”