The Connecting STEM Teachers project, which was founded by BG Group and has subsequently been additionally supported by Petrofac, aims to provide local support for the teachers of STEM subject so they can develop the knowledge and confidence to: 

  • illustrate the role of engineering in society to young people
  • explain how engineers shape the world and improve our lives
  • highlight how STEM learning at school is applied in the real world
  • enrich the STEM curriculum
  • engage a greater number and wider spectrum of students in STEM.

Since September 2011, 470 STEM teachers in over 400 schools have received support and free resources through the project, and nearly 50,000 pupils are estimated to have benefited from this support.

Central to this project is a national network of Teacher Coordinators, engaged as consultants by the Royal Academy of Engineering, who provide STEM teachers in their local schools with free training, ideas and resources to help them enhance STEM learning.

There are currently 28 Teacher Coordinators working across the UK, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the nine English regions. These Teacher Coordinators use their local knowledge to build a network of schools for whom they organise, coordinate and lead termly CPD events. They also provide networking opportunities and help to establish links across schools and STEM departments so that expertise and good practice can be shared by teachers with different specialisms.

All of the Academy’s Teacher Coordinators are practising teachers or have extensive teaching experience and all the STEM subjects are represented within the team, including science, mathematics, D&T, ICT and computing. They run their networks in their own time and have an excellent understanding of the needs of the teachers of STEM subjects and the challenges they face.

Please contact Dominic Nolan if you are a STEM teacher based in a school and wish to know more about the Connecting Teachers project or you want to get in touch with your nearest Teacher Coordinator. See below for the Teacher Coordinators’ locations.

Current Teacher Coordinator Locations

East of England

Location: Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Name: Stuart Higham

Specialism: Engineering
 

Location: Lowestoft

Name: Anthony Vaughan-Evans

Specialism: Mathematics

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East Midlands

Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

Name: Gareth Richards

Specialism: D&T
 

Location: Kettering

Name: Arthur Harwood

Specialism: Science

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London

Location: Chelsea

Name: Shahid Hussain

Specialism: ICT

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North East

Location: Gateshead

Name: David Thomas

Specialism: Mathematics
 

Location: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Name: Michael Nelson

Specialism: D&T

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Northern Ireland

Location: Belfast and Derry-Londonderry

Name: Thomas Lavery

Specialism: Science
 

Location: Limavady

Name: Desmond O'Connor

Specialism: ICT

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North West

Location: Trafford, Manchester

Name: Martin Simmons

Specialism: Engineering
 

Location: Liverpool

Name: Michael McAteer

Specialism: ICT

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Scotland

Location: Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Name: Rob Gray

Specialism: Science
 

Location: Glasgow

Name: Dr Rebecca Snowden

Specialism: Science

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South East

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

Name: Andrew Leech

Specialism: Engineering
 

Location: Midhurst

Name: Scott Atkinson

Specialism: D&T
 

Location: Paddock Wood, Kent

Name: Krissi Pink

Specialism: Mathematics
 

Location: Woking

Name: Dr Andrew McVean

Specialism: Science
 

Location: Wokingham

Name: Annie Price

Specialism: D&T

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South West

Location: Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Name: Claudia Clarke

Specialism: D&T, mathematics
 

Location: Bath

Name: Garrod Musto

Specialism: Mathematics
 

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Name: Lorraine Drybrough

Specialism: Computing
 

Location: Colyton, Devon

Name: Michael Cronk

Specialism: Computing

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Wales

Location: Colwyn Bay

Name: Philip Sutton

Specialism: D&T
 

Location: Abedare

Name: Peter Thomas

Specialism: ICT
 

Location: Bridgend

Name: Richard Daniel

Specialism: D&T

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West Midlands

Location: Coventry

Name: Dr Gaynor Sharp

Specialism: Science

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Yorkshire and Humberside

Location: Hull

Name: Richard Davies

Specialism: Science
 

Location: Leeds

Name: Andrew Carruthers

Specialism: D&T

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