The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
The Edina Trust is pleased to collaborate with SSERC because of its shared aim to enhance the teaching and learning of science. In Edina’s case the focus is on Primary science and it respects SSERC’s work in this area along with its selection for government funding for its Primary Cluster Programme in Science and Technology. Providing one off science grants to schools that have participated in this programme is an effective way for Edina to ensure that its funds are spent in a focussed manner.
Its Science Resources for Schools scheme links the Edina funded resources closely to teachers’ recent CPD experience; this maximises the impact of SSERC’s CPD training by enabling teachers to put their learning into practice while still enthused by their SSERC training. The two-part structure of the programme is also valued in that this ensures teachers put their learning into practice in their gap task period. The purchase of hands on resources for pupils leaves a lasting legacy of Edina’s support of schools.
SSERC’s remit to train teachers across the whole of Scotland enables Edina to reach schools in areas where its traditional Science Grant Scheme model does not work. Although Edina’s work covers the whole of the UK it intentionally funds more Scottish projects because it a Scottish registered charity; its collaboration with SSERC helps this to be achieved.
The Edina Trust sought and valued SSERC’s input when developing its in-house boxed science kit, free to UK schools. The resulting “Science Close Up” kit has been well received by teachers who have commented on its simplicity and its flexibility. The Trustees are considering extending the numbers of boxes available to schools to 50 this year based on the demand for last year’s boxes
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