Since 1990 we have made grants to support science, engineering and maths education totalling more than £170 million. We have piloted new models of teacher training and professional development, developed low-cost curriculum resources and informed national policy.
Over the last 25 years, we have supported the development of innovative programmes in a number of areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Our first major initiatives were in support of Design & Technology in schools, including the Technology Enhancement Programme, which, over 20 years, created scores of low-cost curriculum resources and associated professional development opportunities for design & technology teachers.
In the mid-1990s, we broadened our support to include programmes in mathematics education. A key partner in this work was Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), which we supported to develop a range of initiatives, including what has now become the Further Mathematics Support Programme.
The last 15 years or so have seen us develop a number of programmes to support the teaching of science in schools. We have worked with a range of partners to devise and pilot new models of science teacher training and professional development. We also created the Science Enhancement Programme to design curriculum resources and professional development courses to support the teaching of practical science.
Following a strategic review of our work, we have adopted a sharper focus for our future activities, concentrating resources on a few key areas where we feel that Gatsby, working independently or with other organisations, can make a sustainable difference. Our support is now mainly focused on strengthening science and engineering skills in the UK workforce. We do this by devising and enabling proof-of-principle programmes, encouraging partnerships to bring greater coherence to the national STEM education system, and informing national education and skills policy.
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