1. Background

In October 2005, the National Science Learning Centre (NSLC) was tasked to provide professional development opportunities for all those involved in the teaching of science, in primary and secondary schools and FE colleges across the UK. There is a general recognition that NSLC had not been attracting a full complement of participants from institutions in Scotland and this was, in part, one of the drivers which led to discussions with SSERC about how we might work more closely together.

In the autumn 2009 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NSLC and SSERC. Under the terms of the MoU, SSERC agreed during the period to end June 2010 to provide 360 training days which would be funded under the ENTHUSE Awards scheme. A range of events were organised and delivered.

Building on the success of this initial agreement the MoU was extended to cover subsequent academic years and the number of training days has increased year-on-year to our current quota of some 750 days for the academic year 2015/2016.

The National Science Learning Centre has recently been renamed as the National STEM Learning Centre.

2. Courses offered

The professional development offered under the ENTHUSE Bursary scheme covers a wide range including:

  • leadership programmes for Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Faculty
  • residential events for teachers of primary science
  • residential events for teachers of secondary chemistry, physics, biology and technology
  • residential events for secondary Probationer Teachers
  • courses, certificated by SQA, for teachers and technicians in a range of subjects including microbiology, and safe use of workshop machinery.

Applications to attend ENTHUSE-funded courses should in the first instance should be made through SSERC.  Details of the courses available can be found through the CPD pages of the website.

ENTHUSE-funded courses run for at least 2 days and may be delivered in one or more parts. Many of our ENTHUSE-funded courses are residential in nature.

3. ENTHUSE Bursary

3.1  Eligibility

All teachers, tutors, lecturers, teaching assistants and technicians involved in science education at state-funded schools and colleges in Scotland can apply for an ENTHUSE Bursary to help them cover the cost of attending certain courses offered by SSERC in collaboration with National STEM Learning Centre.

Participants from independent schools are not eligible to receive ENTHUSE funds for attendance at courses although they may be eligible to attend such courses provided that the registration fee is paid.

3.2  Terms and Conditions

In order to ensure that ENTHUSE Bursaries are paid a number of terms and conditions must be met. These are detailed here.

3.3  Payment of ENTHUSE Bursaries

This normally happens 6 weeks after a course has been completed. Payments are made by BACS transfer. The level of ENTHUSE Bursaries payable will vary from course to course but generally the payment made will be £160 per calendar day of attendance.

4.  ACTION PLANS

All delegates on ENTHUSE-funded courses must complete an Action Plan before the end of Part 1 of the Course. Failure to do so will mean that the ENTHUSE Bursary will not be paid.