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STFC offers teachers opportunities for professional development (including ‘subject refresh’), occasional teaching resources, the chance to engage with world-class engineering and science at our UK laboratories and CERN, a free loan scheme of lunar samples and meteorites, Masterclasses for 6th formers and activities for your students including work experience at our Labs...

We form part of the collective Research Councils’ (RCUK) engagement programme, and work with other Councils, the UK Space Agency, the British Science Association, STEMNET, the national STEM centre, and so on.

Do look at our resources for schools & colleges.

The offer for teacher professional development includes:

  • CPD courses at the Science Learning Centres (and similar in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) funded by the Research Councils’ collectively (RCUK)
  • Occasional particle physics CPD courses including a visit to CERN
  • Help and advice on visiting CERN, either with your students or to a CERN course for teachers
  • Take your students to a UK science centre that participates in the STFC project ‘Explore Your Universe’ and has interactive kits including a thermal infra-red camera, a particle accelerator in a salad bowl (yep!) and a cloud chamber to directly see particle tracks
  • Apply for a £600 grant to enhance your physics and related teaching, through the STFC- Institute of Physics - Institute of Engineering & Technology School Grants Scheme

For students

  • Work experience at an STFC Laboratory (Rutherford Appleton Lab near Didcot in Oxfordshire) or (Daresbury Laboratory based in Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Region) – typically one week for 16-17 year olds
  • Schools’ lectures at these Labs and at STFC’s UK-Astronomy Technology Centre at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh
  • Bring your students to selected Education Access Days at these Labs – including a look at some very inspiring engineering and meeting young scientists and engineers
  • Put students forward for various engineering competitions, with activities run at our Labs

Last updated: 15 August 2018


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