The British Science Association is piloting a new programme to enable and encourage students from all backgrounds to participate in the CREST Awards scheme.

We will provide support and funding for schools and organisations to run CREST Awards for the first time, as well as to enable those familiar with CREST to broaden the reach to more underrepresented students. £300 per organisation is available to cover CREST registration fees, with up to a further £300 to support delivery of CREST Awards.

Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:

  • CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group;
  • Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.

How can I get involved?

You can apply to:

1. Run CREST for the first time

For schools and organisations that have not participated in CREST in the last two years. We recommend the CREST Discovery Award as a great place to start.

2. Embed CREST activity

If you have run CREST before, you can apply to support new approaches to broaden the reach of CREST in your school to more underrepresented students.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

The application deadline is 6pm on Monday 26 September 2016.

The questions are available to review on the preview application form, but all applications must be received via the online application form.

What will teachers and schools get for participating?

  • CREST registration costs will be covered up to a total of £300 per school or organisation
  • Up to £300 to support delivery of CREST with underrepresented audiences. For example, you may choose to spend this on CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, consumables or equipment, researching alternative models for delivering CREST or a delivery partner to assist with running the project. You will be asked in your application form how you would choose to use this funding.
  • Support from your CREST Local Coordinator or a CREST link scheme to run the awards if required
  • Help to embed CREST opportunities and support sustainability after the project, including funding opportunities
  • Membership of the British Science Association and the CREST Teacher Advisory Network
  • Invitation to MARCH London International Conference
  • Invitation to CREST’s 30th anniversary celebrations
  • Recognition for you and your school as a part of a flagship CREST scheme
  • Be the first to hear about new resources and competitions from the British Science Association

Selecting participants

We will take the following into account when assessing applications:

  • how you will ensure that a diverse range of young people take part in the proposed activity. This may include all genders, ethnicities, students who are eligible for Pupil Premium, or who have special educational needs or disabilities.
  • whether your school faces challenging circumstances, as defined below
  • whether you have participated in the CREST Awards programme in the last two years
  • whether you propose to run activities at more than one CREST Award level

We would categorise the following as schools facing challenging circumstances:

  • In England, you have 35% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for pupil premium according to the 2015-16 figures
  • In Wales, you have 35% of pupils, or above, eligible for free school meals according to the Welsh Pupil Deprivation Grant school allocations 2016-17
  • In Scotland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • In Northern Ireland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures
  • Your school has a high proportion of pupils (over 30%) who are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds
  • You are a small school based in a remote and rural location (settlement of less than 10,000 people with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more)


This opportunity is only available to schools and other organisations to run CREST Awards in the United Kingdom.

The participating students must be aged 11-19 years.

The Awards must be completed by 29 September 2017.