Science teachers across the North of England are set to benefit from the launch of the Science Museum Group Academy.
The Academy, opening 18 March, will provide free training and resources for teachers – a service made possible by funding from BP.
Based at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the Academy will train teachers to boost science engagement and learning outside the classroom environment.
The first course in Manchester for primary teachers will take place in June, with a course for secondary teachers available in July.
Susan Raikes, Director of Learning for the Science Museum Group, said: ‘Helping more people find meaning and relevance in science is at the heart of the Science Museum Group’s mission to inspire futures. The Academy’s vital work – which is only possible thanks to BP’s support – is a critical part of this mission.
Each STEM practitioner supported by the Academy will gain the tools to create incredible science engagement opportunities for a much wider audience, helping to address the challenges of low engagement with science across the UK.’
Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe and Head of Country, UK at BP, said: ‘Continuing BP’s 50 years of support for STEM education in the UK, we are delighted to be working with the Science Museum Group to build deeper engagement across the UK with the STEM subjects.
As we make the transition to a lower carbon future, the STEM skills essential for our future sustainability are in scarce supply. Our work with schools, communities, families and teachers has an important role to play in helping to maintain and grow the talent needed for our shared future.’