Resources and funding for schools activities and smaller initiatives
UK Research and Innovation and the research councils collectively support and fund a range of activities, resources and schemes that bring researchers together with schools, young people, and a variety of other public audiences.
Research councils provide opportunities for researchers to engage with non-specialist audiences by working in partnership with expert deliverers such as the mass media, science centres and festivals across the UK. Currently we work with the UK Science festivals Network (UKSFN) to deliver activities related to research at festivals around the country.
Teacher CPD - Bringing Cutting Edge Research into the Classroom
The research councils' Teacher CPD programme is designed to help secondary school teachers deliver some of the more challenging aspects of the curriculum in a way that captures and retains the interest of their pupils. It is also designed to support teachers’ development of specialist knowledge and to facilitate links between teachers and contemporary research.
Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries)
Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Research Councils co-fund this scheme, along with a number of other funder partners.
Resources for researchers working with schools
The research councils' School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) programme has generated some valuable lessons learned and PoP tool for anyone interested in developing school-university partnerships.
The research councils have been working to include all their resources on the National STEM Centre’s eLibrary. The National STEM Centre works with partner organisations to facilitate collaboration that improves STEM education. The eLibrary collections feature both contemporary materials, including print, multimedia and practical activities, and archive resources from recent decades.
Schoolscience hosts a range of research council online schools resources. It is hosted by the Association for Science Education (ASE).
The Economic and Social Research Council has a range of Social Science for Schools resources.
Please also see the guides, policies, research and publications page for further RCUK schools resources
Individual research council Initiatives
Research councils can have their own range of activities, training opportunities and small schemes and awards that support or fund PER. Some research councils also offer resources for primary school age students, or have a schools section on their website with further details. Use the links below to find out more.
Other government funded initiatives
CREST: The British Science Association's CREST is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. Aimed at students aged 11-19, CREST awards encourage students to develop their scientific curiosity, problem-solving and communication skills.
STEM Ambassadors: The STEM Ambassadors is a volunteer role model programme, linking those with expertise and passion for STEM subjects (science, engineering, technology and maths) with young people across the country.