Each of the five regions has appointed Primary Science Development Officers (PSDOs) to lead upon developing and delivering local action plans linked to local need and context, as well as national drivers.
A total of 27 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities engaged in the national programme which has created 70,529 hours of professional learning through 2,716 opportunities over the course of the past five years.
The current PSDOs will be in post for 23 months, tasked with laying the foundations for a sustainable approach to primary STEM learning in their respective areas.
Laura McCafferty, National Education Officer for RAiSE, said:
“We are delighted to further expand this network, drawing upon the experiences and sustainability created by legacy cohorts.
“Our data shows us that RAiSE is greatly improving teachers’ confidence and skills, as well as pupils’ aspirations and enjoyment in relation to STEM. It is driven by national priorities but very deliberately delivered through a local lens to ensure activities are impactful.
“This is a great group of PSDOs who I am very much looking forward to working alongside over the next two years.”
Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“We are incredibly proud of the achievements of RAiSE to date and look forward to further strides being taken over the next two years so that our children are being given opportunities from the earliest stages to learn and love STEM in a way that sets them up for future success.”
RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education) is a programme of Education Scotland, The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government, and participating local authorities which empowers primary practitioners with the skills, confidence, and networks to develop and deliver motivating and engaging primary STEM experiences.
Michaela Dickson, East Dunbartonshire, @STEMEastDun
How do you think teachers will benefit from your post?
“Becoming PSDO has enabled me to make fantastic connections with other passionate practitioners across the country who are keen to share and develop ideas, resources, and best practices.
“I am now in a position where I can promote all things STEM across my local authority. This will support practitioners to stay up to date with developments, enhance their STEM teaching methods, build confidence in integrating STEM into daily practice as well as create more effective and engaging learning environments for learners.