We established the Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) in 1998 to develop innovative, low cost resources which enhance science education in secondary schools, and to provide support for science teachers at all stages of their career through specialist training.
The majority of secondary schools in England have benefitted from using SEP resources to support and enhance their science teaching. Teachers and technicians have also benefited from a programme of bespoke professional development to develop their confidence to carry out practical work effectively.
SEP continues to publish Catalyst, a science magazine for students aged 14-19, four times a year (October, December, February and April), and an archive of more than 200 past articles in PDF format is available online.
As SEP developed as a programme it has moved location a number of times. Following its pilot phase, SEP’s first home was Kings College London, moving to the Institute of Education in 2005 and then to Middlesex University in 2007. In late 2011 SEP moved again, to its final home at the National STEM Centre in York. All the SEP resources have been transferred to the Centre’s website. In this way we can ensure SEP resources will be available free-of-charge for as long as teachers find them useful.