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.
Sponsor(s): The Bloodhound Project
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