YPI Scotland

A report compiled by The Wood Foundation has highlighted the impact of the RAiSE investment in developing sustainable improvements for primary STEM learning experiences.

West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, and North Lanarkshire, the cohort to exit in 2022, have undergone a full cycle of evaluation which includes baseline and midpoint surveying, as well as reflective surveying and interviews.

The findings demonstrate how the needs identified by authorities at the outset were met during RAiSE’s investment in the authority and how the programme objectives continue to align with the needs of primary STEM.

Laura McCafferty, National Education Officer for RAiSE, said:

“This report provides vital insight into the impact of RAiSE, focussing on the individual journeys of these authorities while recognising the collective impact. These are the first authorities to undergo The Wood Foundation’s full evaluation process and it has provided important insight throughout the journey and for reflection and learning at this stage.

“It demonstrates the vital role of the Primary Science Development Officer, and how a central primary STEM focus is creating a legacy of empowered practitioners with the confidence, skills, and networks to take forward learning experiences which impact pupils.”

RAiSE is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government, and participating local authorities which empowers primary practitioners with the skills, networks, and confidence to develop and deliver motivating and engaging STEM experiences.

The full report can be read here.