About the prize

About the prize

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is an annual awards programme that helps teachers implement science teaching ideas in their schools and colleges. The Prize recognises and rewards excellence in Science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching, from special education needs to high ability pupils. It also promotes innovative and sustainable strategies for teaching science which addresses a specific need in the schools or colleges and at the same time contributes to teachers’ continuing professional development.

There is a total of £120,000 in prizes to be won each year.

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New for 2014

We believe excellent teaching is at the heart of an inspirational education system and have seen for ourselves the success within science teaching through inspirational science projects that have helped raise the profile of science within schools and at the same time help with teacher CPD. Math’s is another key subject for our business; we are therefore pleased to announce that we are extending the Rolls-Royce Science Prize competition to include Math’s. Science and Math’s go hand in hand; within engineering each subject compliments each other. New for 2014, we will be looking for entries into the prize demonstrating that math’s in integral to everyday work in particular to science. We will also be looking to reward excellence in math’s teaching across the education system and support teacher CPD. Entries are welcomed by maths teachers through the IMA, NCETM and National Science Learning Centre in York.

We are pleased to announce this new element to the Rolls-Royce Science Prize is in partnership with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

The (IMA) is the UK's learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications, promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It is the professional and learned society for qualified and practicing mathematicians, with a membership of around 5,000 comprising of mathematicians from all sectors. Further information can also be found on the Maths Careers site.

The (NCETM) aims to raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths across the school, sixth form college and further education system ensuring that all teachers of maths from primary school teachers, and non-specialist maths teachers have easy access to high quality, evidence-based maths specific continuing professional development (CPD) at every point of their careers. The NCETM helps raise the professional status, and the professionalism, of all those engaged in the teaching of maths.

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Project Enthuse

Project ENTHUSE is a funding partnership formed in 2008 by the Wellcome Trust, Department for Education, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust, BAE Systems, BP, General Electric Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce Ltd, Vodafone and Vodafone Group Foundation. In 2013, the Wellcome Trust, Department for Education Rolls-Royce, BP, BAE Systems, and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers invested a second wave of support. These organisations have come together to bring about inspired science teaching through the continuing professional development of teachers of science across the UK. The principal means by which the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust does this is by providing ENTHUSE Award bursaries to teachers to enable them to attend continuing professional development courses delivered by the National Science Learning Centre. Through this support pupils are more inspired by and engaged in their science education.

Click on this link for more information on Project Enthuse

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STEM Careers: Where STEM can take you

STEM Careers is a digital toolkit for students and teachers. It helps to make the link between the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects people study in school, college or university and the world of work. Its goal is to bring alive the huge range of opportunities which are open to anyone who pursues STEM subjects.

To access the digital toolkit and read about our apprentices & graduates click onto STEM Careers : Where STEM can take you