Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE), which is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government, Education Scotland, and participating local authorities, aims to empower primary practitioners with the confidence, skills, and networks to develop and deliver motivating and engaging STEM learning experiences.
Local authorities receive funding for a period of two years to appoint a Primary Science Development Officer to lead upon STEM learning development and training in primary schools.
The legacy report shares the experiences of authorities which are more than a year beyond funding. It finds that the STEM foundations laid by the RAiSE investment have been vital for ongoing impact. All authorities remain engaged with the network.
The key factor in sustainable success from the investment is when authorities retain a post focussed on primary STEM. The report focusses on local authorities’ strategic approaches to STEM; the growth of practitioner confidence; improved and enriched pupil experiences; and the sustainability of networks and partnerships achieved by this scaffolding for systemic impact which is increasing STEM capital across Scottish learning and teaching.
Gayle Duffus is the National Education Officer who leads the RAiSE programme. She said:
“RAiSE is not designed to be one-off, time-limited intervention. It is about sowing the seeds to grow STEM capital within a local context. Professional learning, collaborative networks, impactful partnerships, and quality-assured resources ensure the sustainability and legacy of RAiSE.
“This report details some of the amazing work driven forward by local authorities as a legacy to their RAiSE funding. Personally, I am incredibly proud of all that has been achieved by driven, motivated, and empowered education professionals and what this means for the direct learning experiences of young people.”