Science education partners
The following organisations work closely with the British Science Association and CREST Star in promoting science learning at primary school level. This includes courses and CPD units in practical science at primary level, and various STEM enrichment programmes.
The British Council - Connecting Classrooms
The British Council and the British Science Association are working in partnership to enrich science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities in the classroom in the UK and abroad through CREST Awards and Connecting Classrooms. Partner with a school overseas to connect young people with peers across the world through international school partnerships for shared learning. Find out how to make the connection.
The Pod & Wastebuster - Science into Schools
Turn textiles into science kit with Science into Schools! In this exciting new programme we combine environmental education about waste and climate science with a way to give schools free resources and equipment to get their students excited about science and engineering. In exchange for unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles, you can get a CREST Star membership or science kit without having to find the budget. Sign up now to be ready for the new CREST Star online membership serivce in April 2013! Get involved.
This free online Continuing Professional Development Unit introduces science clubs and the benefits of running a science club. It aims to give teachers ideas on how science clubs can be run successfully in a number of different ways, and how a typical science club session is run. This unit also provides example activities and places that you can go for ideas and help. All AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Continuing Professional Development Units are created and written by education professionals who have given their time and expertise to the project. Watch the CPD unit online.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) by STEALTH (Learning through practical activities) was coined by a teacher after being involved with Primary Engineer. It summarises our work precisely, by practically applying mathematics and science to 'design and make' activities - both children and teachers are left inspired. As part of the resource pack, attendees receive three children's work books accredited towards a CREST Star Investigators award. Find out more or book a course.
The national network of Science Learning Centres offers an inspiring and innovative range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities. The primary programme will support you to engage children in exciting practical science activities, making relevant links to real-life contexts and other subjects across the curriculum. Many Science Learning Centres offer courses that introduce the CREST Star scheme as a great way of teaching hands-on investigative science. You will have the opportunity to try out new activities and strategies and think about how you can implement them back at school. Find out more or book a course.
National STEM Centre
The National STEM Centre houses the UK’s largest collection of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning resources, in order to provide teachers of STEM subjects with the ability to access a wide range of high-quality support materials and offer a treasure chest of inspiration. Browse the e-library.
The Primary Science Quality Mark™ has the following aims: to raise the profile of science in primary schools; encourage primary schools to increase the range and quality of teaching and learning in science; recognise, promote and spread good practice in science teaching and learning; provide a framework for evaluating, planning and developing the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools; and celebrate a commitment to excellence in science in primary schools. Find out how your school can gain the Primary Science Quality Mark.
Millgate House Education
Millgate House Education are the creative team behind CREST Star and their Concept Cartoons, drawn by RedBiro, help bring our activities to life. They have gained a national and international reputation as a source of original ideas for teaching and learning, research, high quality professional development and consultancy, as well as making a significant contribution to projects to promote public involvement in science. Millgate House Education have developed and managed several national professional development programmes that have had a significant impact on teaching, learning and assessment in schools including ConCISE, the Active Assessment project, and PUPPETS. Discover more.