Evaluation of the 2008-09 DCSF-funded Specialist Schools and Academies Trust STEM pathfinder programme

Client: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) | NFER Contact: Iain Springate

The STEM pathfinder programme, funded by the DCSF and managed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), enabled and supported networks of specialist schools to design and deliver integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities through a programme of continuing professional development, and provision of resources, consultancy and advice to schools.

The SSAT commissioned the NFER to undertake an evaluation of the pathfinder, and to provide: findings on the effectiveness of different activities and approaches to delivering STEM; a clear understanding of the impact of activities; and a set of recommendations and learning points that will inform longer-term developments, including a possible STEM specialism.  The methodology for the evaluation comprised: qualitative baseline and end-point surveys completed by 29 of the 40 participating schools, five school case studies, and the collation of secondary data (e.g. school action plans, progress reports).

Timescale: July 2008 - October 2009

NFER Project Code: PEV

Research report/findings