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Where have the last 5 years gone?
We at samphireSTEM have had an extremely busy, exciting, fun and sometimes challenging five years working with schools, teachers, learners and STEM Ambassadors. We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of engaging with you all, and between us we have massively raised the profile of STEM in schools. We love the fact that through working collaboratively with you we have been able to raise aspirations for many students and also have had an impact on individuals’ choice of subjects in STEM post 16.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to the teachers who have worked so closely with us and opened their schools, and enabled us to effectively establish the STEM Ambassadors programme in our region to the benefit of your learners and the community. The enthusiasm that teachers and your colleagues have shown in running STEM clubs, careers events, challenges and many, many other activities has been phenomenal, even under the pressure of new curriculum changes and the demands of OFSTED. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all on your hard work and dedication in promoting STEM activities to enrich the curriculum.
In addition an enormous thank you to all the STEM Ambassadors (over 500 active) without whom we wouldn’t have had a job. But really, thank you so much for all of the valuable time that you have given so freely to us, the schools and young people you have volunteered with. You have had an amazing impact on learners and you must never under estimate the effect you have had on pupils. We know that you have positively impacted on individual pupils’ life chances and their future career choices. Your dedication, expertise and enthusiasm has had a real impact on the school curriculum by making it real and relevant to young people.
As you are all probably aware we have a passion for STEM and we will continue to support the raising of the profile of STEM and explore ways that the curriculum can be enriched by STEM activities. However, this will be different in the new climate.
Further information about the future engagement of STEM Ambassadors
STEMNET has merged with STEM Learning and from 1st October 2016 there will be changes across the UK. The results of this merger have only been made public recently, consequently we have not been able to inform you of any potential changes due to “purdah”.
At present samphireSTEM’s contract with STEM Learning will cease at 5pm on Friday 30th September 2016.
The contract for the West Midlands will be taken over by the University of Worcester. From 1st October 2016 Linda Scott who is the STEM Education lead at the University of Worcester will be the interim project manager for the STEM Ambassador Hub West Midlands (covering Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire). It is planned that there will be a new staffing structure in place hopefully later in the year.
You will be receiving an email from STEM Learning to explain the new process soon.
Once again from the samphireSTEM team Gaynor, Linda and Chris we want to express our appreciation for all your input into the STEM Ambassadors programme over the last five years and hope that this has ensured a strong foundation for the next stage of engagement with STEM Learning.
Please remember that you can contact us if you have any interesting or exciting STEM ideas that could be developed or supported by samphireSTEM in the future.
Gaynor Sharp, Linda Atherton and Chris Hayley