Teachers will be supported by Primary Science Development Officers (PSDOs) who will lead upon professional learning, network, and partnership opportunities to bring STEM learning to life.
Renfrewshire, Dundee, and South Lanarkshire have embarked upon RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education), a programme of The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government, Education Scotland, and participating local authorities. The investment funds the PSDO post and engages the authorities to join a national network which has engaged 20 of Scotland’s local authorities to date.
Gayle Duffus, National Education Officer leads the RAiSE programme. She said:
“It is wonderful to continue expanding our network and to welcome these authorities. There is a lot of great work to build upon and we’re looking forward to developing plans with the education teams which reflect the local needs and context of the regions to support primary teachers to deliver motivating and engaging STEM experiences for our youngest learners.
“Inspiring a love and understanding of STEM, harnessing the natural curiosity of young people, is vitally important in terms of creating the foundations of the STEM nation of the future.”
RAiSE supports teachers to develop the skills, networks, and confidence to develop and deliver STEM learning experiences which align with local priorities, as well as national drivers.