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Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme

About this grants programme

This programme, funded by Education Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government, will help to build the capacity and confidence of practitioners across Scotland and increase access to STEM professional learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • Numeracy and mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Technologies, including digital learning and teaching and engineering
  • Interdisciplinary STEM approaches.

We’re keen to support any ideas you have, big or small, so please get in touch with our team via email:

What funding is available?

Funding Stream

About the Fund

Who can apply?

The Leadership and Collegiate Professional Learning Fund This exciting new fund has been introduced in direct response from practitioners who said they would greatly value opportunities to time to work collegiately with colleagues and clusters. It has been designed to support practitioner and locally-led proposals including those from learning clusters and communities, and practitioner networks.
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Primary
  • Additional support needs
  • Secondary
  • Community learning and development
  • School-based technical support staff
Regional and National Partner Fund This fund is open to organisations supporting STEM professional learning programmes at a regional and national level including. Regional improvement collaboratives, local authorities, colleges, universities, science centres and festivals, learned societies, third sector organisations and a wide range of STEM providers.

The aim of both funding streams will be to support interdisciplinary approaches to STEM and also subject-specific support for each of the STEM-related disciplines. This includes: numeracy and mathematics, sciences and technologies, including digital learning and teaching and engineering. Bids for STEM-related programmes and also for those just addressing one aspect, such as mathematics and numeracy, will be equally welcome.

Background information

The grants programme seeks to deliver on the ambitions of the STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland to ensure that educational practitioners are well-equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop and deliver inspirational, high-quality interdisciplinary STEM teaching for all learners.

The programme also supports the delivery of the recommendations and ambitions of the Making Maths Count Report, to help Scotland to become a maths-positive nation.

In October 2018, Education Scotland awarded £187,000 to twenty-four organisations in the first round of the grants programme to develop new approaches to professional learning or extend existing provision.

How to apply
Separate guidance documents and application forms are available for each funding stream.

These are available from the following page on the National Improvement Hub.

The closing date for applications is 10:00 on Friday 28 June 2019. To discuss ideas or request an engagement event within your authority or region, please email:

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