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Latest health and safety guidance published
CLEAPPS has published its latest guidance that explains how to do the practical activities you want while implementing the latest COVID-19 operational guidance, including how to manage stepping measures up or down in the case of an outbreak within the school. It is available on the CLEAPPS website for schools who are members, and most schools usually are.

Applications open for new Ogden Trust School Partnerships
The Ogden Trust School Partnerships programme offers five years of funding, support, opportunities and teacher CPD to schools that are committed to working together to enhance physics teaching and learning. They are now inviting applications for new school partnerships wishing to start in September 2022. For more information on school partnerships and how to apply, visit the Ogden Trust website.

Still time to apply for Partnership Grants scheme

The Partnership Grants scheme offers teachers the opportunity to apply for up to £3,000 to carry out investigative STEM research projects in their classrooms in partnership with a STEM professional from academia or industry. If successful, the funding is available from January 2022. Applications for the scheme close at the end of November. To help teachers and STEM partners with the application process, free online training sessions are being run until the end of October providing information about the scheme and tips about how to make your application stand out.

Tomorrow’s climate scientists
Tomorrow’s climate scientists is an extension of the Partnership Grants scheme through which teachers can apply for funding to support climate and biodiversity loss projects. The funding aims to give students in primary and secondary not just a voice, but an opportunity to take action themselves to address local issues. Free online training sessions are available in November, providing more details about the application process as well as receiving hints and tips about how to make your application stand out.

Theme for British Science Week 2022 (11-20 March) announced

The theme for the British Science Week 2022 activity packs and poster competition is ‘Growth’. ‘Growth’ is a theme that can be applied to many areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Pupils could design a poster which shows how frogspawn grows into frogs or consider how the world needs to adapt to cope with population growth. The free downloadable activity packs will be available in January 2022. Keep an eye out for them on the British Science Week website.

Primary Science Teaching Empowerment Fund
The Fund is designed to support teachers to improve the teaching of primary science and increase confidence in teaching the subject. The Royal Society of Chemistry welcomes applications for funding of up to £600 for projects for this purpose from teachers at all levels of experience. It particularly encourages applications for projects or events that:

  • support teachers at schools that are in hard-to-reach areas, either due to geography or social disadvantage

  • support teachers planning for a curriculum change

  • are designed to build teachers’ confidence in teaching science over a term or more.

To find out about the funding criteria and how to apply, email the Royal Society of Chemistry or contact your local education coordinator. The next deadline for applications is 9am on 11 October. This deadline is for projects or events to start between December 2021 and April 2022. There will be another application deadline in mid-March 2022 for projects or events to start between May and November 2022.

New series of simple experiments for junior schools
The Royal Society of Chemistry has produced a new series of primary science experiments, designed to help pupils practise key scientific skills like making predictions and taking measurements. Each experiment links to curriculum topics such as solids, liquids and gases and reversible and irreversible changes. They are easy to set up and include slides, teaching notes and video demonstrations. They are free and available on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.