Pippa Lord, Suzanne Straw, Jennifer Jeffes, Anneka Dawson
23 January 2015
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) was commissioned by the Bloodhound Education Programme (BEP) to conduct an audit of its activities throughout 2012 and early 2013. The audit included: telephone consultations with a range of stakeholders; analysis of monitoring and internal evaluation data; and attendance at two regional education events.
- There is evidence of substantial progress made by the BEP throughout 2012 and early 2013. A total of 525 Bloodhound Ambassadors currently volunteer with the BEP. The BEP and Bloodhound Ambassadors supported, or led, 133 separate educational events in the UK throughout 2012, representing a total of 284 days spent at events. The BEP estimates that 56,800 pupils were involved in Bloodhound educational activities in 2012.
- The BEP team has also made considerable progress in developing its online offer for teachers, pupils and schools over the past year. In particular, this includes Bloodhound BLAST, a free, interactive learning environment relating to the Bloodhound project.
- Outcomes for young people include: increased enthusiasm for, and improved understanding, knowledge and skills in, STEM subjects; new learning about engineering and an increased interest in engineering careers; and the development of personal and transferable skills such as confidence, communication skills, team work and problem-solving.
- As a continually evolving organisation, there are some areas which may benefit from further development to improve and enhance the BEP’s education offer. These include: expanding the range of activities available to schools; strengthening data monitoring arrangements; and improving communication, both internally and externally.