We know for our students we critically need business and community people working with us to help open doors and opportunities for our kids. Rob Knight, Principal, Playford International College
Through industry-school partnerships, teachers are enabled to connect classroom learning with contemporary STEM knowledge to better engage students in STEM and raise awareness of career pathways. The program is free to join, and partnerships can be adapted to meet the needs of teachers and their school’s priorities, for example different levels of schooling or catering for under-represented groups.
Every partnership is a bespoke arrangement between the teacher and STEM professional based on their combined interests and expertise, local context, curriculum and student needs.
How can the program benefit your school?
The STEM Professionals in Schools program can benefit schools by:
- increasing the profile of STEM in the school (and broader school community)
- engaging students in innovative ways
- supporting teachers to deliver the curriculum
- providing mentoring for teachers and building confidence in STEM disciplines
- raising awareness of STEM related career pathways
- providing a proven industry-school engagement model
The program has been independently evaluated several times since its inception in 2007. These evaluations found that partnerships are effective in delivering benefits for teachers, students and STEM professionals. The most recent evaluation highlighted that the program supports teachers to improve their STEM teaching capability, engage in professional learning and networking opportunities, and improve their students’ STEM learning.
Who can apply?
The program is available free to registered teachers and principals working in Australian government or non-government primary and secondary schools.
Child safe standards
As part of the program’s mandate to keep children safe, all STEM professionals are required to undergo security screening and participants must agree to abide by CSIRO Child Safe Policy.
How to... Guide for Principals and Education Leaders
To find out more about how the program can benefit your school, support best practice and how you can support your teaching staff to be involved download our guide here: How to Guide for Principals and Education Leaders PDF (155 KB).