Primary

If you're a primary teacher, we're here to support you at every stage of your career, and we share your dedication to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM.
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Primary CPD

Professional development is important at every stage of your career. We run a well-established and successful continuing professional development (CPD) programme, with a variety of delivery methods to suit both your needs and the needs of your school. Our courses are developed by experienced subject experts and cover a range of topics spanning subject-specific knowledge and skills, pedagogy, leadership and more.
 
  • Residential CPD

    Intensive courses delivered face-to-face at the National STEM Learning Centre.

  • Regional courses

    Courses delivered locally by our network of learning partners.

  •  Remote courses

    Live and interactive courses that can be accessed remotely. 

  • Online courses

    Delivered on FutureLearn, learn wherever and whenever suits you.

Bursaries

We are delighted to offer bursaries to state-funded primary schools (including MATs) across the UK to support intensive, residential CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. A bursary could cover your course fee, travel, accommodation, food, supply cover and equipment for your school. 

Facilitators Development Programme

We run a facilitators development programme, ideal if you'd like to support others with professional development, and gain a CPD quality mark.

Professional Development Pathways

To make it simple, we have created accredited pathways to guide you through our programme of support. Through a mix of course modules, resources, activities and events, you can tailor the pathway to suit your specific requirements. 
 
We currently have two pathways designed for primary teachers - one new or recently qualified primary teachers to support your first few years of teaching, and one for new, existing or aspiring subject leaders, providing a framework to support the development of leadership skills.
 

Primary early career pathway    Primary leadership pathway     


Resources

Our website is home to thousands of free, quality resources to support your teaching. They provide a useful starting point in planning and delivering lessons or in supplementing your own planning and ideas. We also have resources designed to support your development, for example meeting the teachers' standards in your early careerOur primary resources are organised by concept, for example teaching science through stories or easy STEM activities for any primary classroom, or by subject.
 

New for 2021: STEM Community

STEM Community is a place to share ideas and find support within the teaching of STEM subjects. Prompting thought about aspects of teaching practice, discussion and an opportunity to engage with both peers across the country and our own subject experts, it provides a helpful and supportive area for teachers.
 
There is a dedicated group for primary STEM, providing you with ongoing engagement, support and collaboration with your peers and our experienced STEM Learning experts. It's a great place to ask questions and boost your STEM subject knowledge. 
 
It’s free to join. It uses the same login details as your STEM Learning website account if you already have one. If not, it’s quick and easy to register - and you can join in 'on the go' to using our Apps which you can download from the App Store and Google Play.
 
 


STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK, including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. We work with over 30,000 STEM Ambassadors from more than 2,500 different employers. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life, bringing a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and demonstrating their value in life and careers. 
 
STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free of charge resource for teachers, both inside and away from the classroom. By bringing a STEM Ambassador into your primary school, you can play an essential role in engaging young people in STEM subjects and careers at a young age. We have made it really simple to get involved and find an Ambassador to support you.
 



Bringing a STEM Ambassador into your primary school

STEM Clubs

STEM Clubs are out-of-timetable sessions that enrich and broaden the curriculum, giving young people the chance to explore STEM subjects in less formal settings. Clubs are an important outlet to ignite new interest and to raise attainment through more imaginative and inventive teaching methods.
 
Setting up a STEM Club can be a very rewarding experience, nurturing your pupils' enthusiasm for STEM subjects at an early stage. There are some great ideas for primary schools - perhaps an engaging science or maths club, or a gardening or coding club. We can offer you all the help you need in getting started and making your club thrive, from downloadable guides and inspirational case studies to specific resources, related CPD and enlisting the help of a STEM Ambassador volunteer to help you. 
 

Introduce work-related learning in STEM

Whether you're looking for classroom resources, STEM Ambassador support or enrichment activities, there are plenty of ways you can inspire your pupils by embedding careers learning into your school.
 
 
 

 

Magazine

The 2021 edition of the STEM Learning magazine is full of the latest insights and research in teaching STEM subjects to primary pupils. 
 
In what’s been a challenging 12 months for all involved in education, the magazine celebrates how teachers have adapted and improvised, and the lasting impact that this innovation will have in the classroom. Enjoy exploring the articles, resources and support in this edition.
 

Read the latest edition

 


Support for schools in narrowing the attainment gap

We have put together a collection of resources, information and advice to support school leaders and teachers in narrowing the attainment gap in STEM, and identifying some effective ways your school might use pupil premium funding.