CREST has linked with the Royal Society, engaging specifically with the Partnership Grant to offer students the opportunity to achieve a CREST Award. The Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a primary or secondary school.
For teachers, a Partnership Grants project allows student work to go beyond the classroom curriculum, whilst allowing students to engage with research and experimental facilities otherwise not available.
The benefits of such a grant, includes improvements in practical and thinking skills, as well as scientific knowledge. Pupils become more enthusiastic, participation in classroom activities increases, and valuable communication and understanding skills are developed, which can then enhance future classroom-based work.
A great case study of a school that linked their grant to CREST is Thomas Hepburn Community School. Their research on the effects of UV rays was greatly bolstered by the grant, allowing students to access a wide range of resources. By engaging with the CREST Awards, the students were able to independently work within the project guidelines to further investigate the project topic. Click here  for further information regarding this case study.
More information on other Link Schemes  is also available through the CREST pages of the website.