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Free STEM Support on Offer to Schools through University of Worcester

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Schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire interested in developing STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can get free, impartial advice from the University of Worcester.

The University’s Institute of Education has been awarded an extension to its existing contract as the regional STEMNET (STEM Network) holder, until March 2016, following successful negotiations between STEMNET and its funders, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.

The STEM Project Team at the University has been providing schools with free access to experienced educational professionals for the past seven years, as part of the STEMNET contract and has been heavily involved in recruiting volunteers from local businesses to act as STEM Ambassadors. The Ambassadors work with teachers, providing input to lessons and club activities and contribute to careers information events to help increase the number of students moving into further education or training and development in the STEM subjects.

Ann Jordan, Head of the University’s Institute of Education said: “I am delighted that the excellent work of all those involved in the STEM work has been recognised and that we are able to continue to actively engage with and promote STEM subjects to hundreds of teachers and young people.

“In the past 12 months alone, 89% of secondary schools and 20% of primary schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have taken part in STEMNET supported enrichment events and/or received support from at least one STEM Ambassador.”

Currently over 900 teachers have registered with the STEM Team to receive regular updates about events and opportunities for their schools and the Team are interested in hearing from other teachers of STEM subjects or with responsibility for careers or extra-curricular activities who would like to be added to the mailing list.

Further information about the support offered can be found by visiting http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/stem-support.html or by emailing the STEM Team directly on Ambassadors@worc.ac.uk

More information on STEMNET can be found at www.stemnet.org.uk