Newcastle Schools Partnership


Research undertaken by Newcastle Science City has identified the opportunity for a non-prescriptive, innovative programme of activity focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers, which will:

  • enable schools to tap into existing and newly developing local and national programmes
  • compliment and enhance existing good practice
  • build on existing structured activities
  • support and promote collaborative working
  • showcase career opportunities
  • support and encourage parental involvement

In an attempt to make science more interesting, secondary schools across Newcastle, with a special interest in STEM related subjects have come together, along with a representative from the Local Authority to form a Science Education Innovation Partnership (SEIP). The Newcastle SEIP will develop an Action Plan which is specific to their individual local needs, and which will enhance the curriculum to make it more exciting, support teachers with continuing professional development, and showcase the wide range of jobs which are available to people with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) qualifications.

Over the last eight months the Newcastle SEIP has enabled young people from all over Newcastle to learn about science and how they can play a part in Newcastle Science City’s future.

Through substantial Newcastle City Council investment for example a pioneering partnership of nine secondary schools, three middle schools and a school for pupils with special needs, have developed a wide and diverse range of projects to encourage their pupils to realise how exciting science can be.

Anne Davies, Secondary Schools Science Consultant with Newcastle City Council has been co-ordinating the project. She said: "Schools have grasped with both hands the opportunity to be more imaginative in how they teach all the sciences. This funding has enabled them to give more time to extra curricular activities such as scientific discussion cafes, parent and pupil science clubs, and also to develop closer links with universities and businesses. All of these initiatives have already paid dividends in terms of increasing pupil interest in science".

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