From 2006–2008, HEFCE funded the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to deliver Chemistry for our Future (CFOF) – a £3.6 million pilot programme to enhance young people’s experiences of chemistry both in and out of school and in undergraduate chemistry courses. With an additional £1.65 million, CFOF continued in an extension phase from September 2008 to July 2009. The RSC commissioned NFER to evaluate the CFOF programme, including its development and progress over the years, the outcomes and impacts for school pupils, university students, teachers and HEIs, and the opportunities and challenges for sustaining and embedding the CFOF work.
Findings from NFER’s CFOF evaluation report will be important for the National HE STEM Programme, being managed by the University of Birmingham (www.stemprogramme.com), which will take forward and fund some of the work established by CFOF.
- CFOF has developed a vast range of approaches to enhancing young people’s, teachers’ and HEI academics’ experiences of chemistry teaching and learning. These include exciting outreach activities, schools’ use of university laboratories, context-based and problem-based learning (CBL/PBL) for first year undergraduates, school-to-university transition support, and capacity building through a teacher fellow scheme.
- Raising young people’s aspirations generally, as well as improving their perceptions of and skills for chemistry in everyday life, study and 21st century careers, have been key outcomes of the CFOF programme.
- A spirit of collaboration, openness and learning was developed amongst all of the CFOF partners, and this was a key factor in the success of the programme.
How to cite this publication:
Lord, P., Straw, S., Hart, R., Springate, I. and Harland, J. (2009). Evaluation of Chemistry for our Future: Extension Phase Report. Slough: NFER.
Lord, P., Straw, S., Hart, R., Springate, I. and Harland, J. (2009). Evaluation of Chemistry for our Future: Extension Phase Appendices. Slough: NFER.