The National Space Academy programme of student masterclasses, teacher CPD and careers events is delivered by a network of outstanding teachers and project scientists that use the context of space to teach physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geography and applied science to GCSE, A-level and BTEC students and their teachers.
The National Space Academy is run from a Head Office at the National Space Centre in Leicester (responsible for delivery in the Midlands and North) and a regional office in Harwell, Oxfordshire (responsible for delivery in the South).
Its purpose is to materially enhance the size and quality of the UK science and engineering skills pool. Government, Industry and Academia have all expressed concern about student progression on to both academic and vocational pathways in STEM areas and the impact this will have on future economic growth and prosperity.
A three year pilot Space Academy programme has proved successful in boosting student attainment, teacher effectiveness and influencing course choices at A-level. The National Space Academy will extend its reach throughout England from 2011 and the UK from 2015. Led by the National Space Centre, the programme is funded by the UK Space Agency, ESA (European Space Agency), STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and industrial/academic partners from the UK Space Sector.