The Connecting STEM Teachers (CST) programme is a support network for teachers across all STEM subjects ensuring they have the knowledge and confidence to engage a greater number and wider spectrum of school students with STEM.  The programme operates across all regions of England, and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The programme, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011, would not be possible without the generous support of its funders:


Special thanks to our strategic partner Shell, for significant support of the programme. 



CST is also generously supported by:

The Arthur Clements Fund, BAE Systems, Boeing, the estate of the late Mr. John Gozzard, and the Helsington Foundation.

Teacher Coordinators

Central to the continued success of this project is the work of the Academy’s Teacher Coordinators (TC) who lead support networks for local STEM teachers across the UK.  

The TCs are experienced teachers of STEM subjects whose core responsibilities are to:

  • Disseminate free training and learning resources to local STEM teachers
  • Provide networking opportunities for teachers
  • Lead enhanced learning opportunities for pupils 
  • Promote collaboration between STEM teachers 
  • Help to develop STEM learning resources

Pupils assist the Hampshire Air Ambulance at the Hampshire STEM Festival, organised by Teacher Coordinators Holly Aiston and Laura Chisholm
Find out more about the Programme and the work of the Teacher Coordinators in the 2018 CST Celebration Brochure

2018 CST programme celebration brochure (9.43 MB)



Year 1 baseline report (summary) (713.72 KB)

Year 2 evaluation report (summary) (777.09 KB)

Year 3 evaluation report (summary) (716.04 KB)


Please contact Scott Atkinson if you are a STEM teacher based in a UK 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

Location: Norwich

  • Name: Kate Finlay
  • Specialism: D&T

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East Midlands

Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

  • Name: Gareth Richards
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Kettering

  • Name: Arthur Harwood
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Nottingham

  • Name: Tom Cookson
  • Specialism: D&T

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Location: Hammersmith & Fulham

  • Name: Eleanor Lucas
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Lewisham

  • Name: Tunde Orelaja
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Newham

  • Name: Yeasmin Mortuza
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Ealing

  • Name: Sushila Hirani
  • Specialism: D&T

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North East

Location: Gateshead

  • Name: David Thomas
  • Specialism: Mathematics

Location: County Durham

  • Name: Michael Nelson
  • Specialism: D&T

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Northern Ireland

Location: Belfast

  • Name: Thomas Lavery
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Limavady

  • Name: Desmond O'Connor
  • Specialism: Computing

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North West

Location: Manchester

  • Name: Martin Simmons
  • Specialism: Engineering

Location: Warrington

  • Name: Michael McAteer
  • Specialism: Computing

Location: Preston

  • Name: Chris Wallis
  • Specialism: Science

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Location: Banchory, Aberdeenshire

  • Name: Rob Gray
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Glasgow

  • Name: Geoff Coxon
  • Specialism: STEM

Location: Edinburgh

  • Name: Irene Somerville
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Auchterarder, Perthshire

  • Name: Martin Reid
  • Specialism: D&T

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South East

Location: Oxfordshire

  • Name: Simon Brown
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Hampshire

  • Name: Scott Atkinson
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Maidstone, Kent

  • Name: Krissi Pink
  • Specialism: Mathematics

Location: Woking

  • Name: TBC
  • Specialism: TBC

Location: Wokingham

  • Name: Annie Beglin
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Southampton

  • Name: Holly Leat
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Portsmouth

  • Name: Laura Chisholm
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Crowborough

  • Name: Amanda Courtney
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Colchester

  • Name: Beverly Moloney
  • 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: Barney Brown & Lewis Matheson
  • Specialism: D&T and science

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

  • Name: Lorraine Drybrough
  • Specialism: Computing

Location: Colyton, Devon

  • Name: Michael Cronk
  • Specialism: Computing

Location: Bristol

  • Names: Sam Lawrence & Terry Watts
  • Specialisms: D&T and computing

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Location: Colwyn Bay

  • Name: Philip Sutton
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Abedare

  • Name: Peter Thomas
  • Specialism: Computing

Location: Bridgend

  • Name: Richard Daniel
  • Specialism: D&T

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West Midlands

Location: Coventry

  • Name: Dr Gaynor Sharp
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Birmingham

  • Name: Tracey O'Connor
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Wem, Shropshire

  • Name: Andrew Gilbert
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Penkridge, Staffordshire

  • Name: Emily Northwood
  • Specialism: Science

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Yorkshire and Humberside

Location: Hull

  • Name: Richard Davies
  • Specialism: Science

Location: Leeds

  • Name: Andrew Carruthers
  • Specialism: D&T

Location: Sheffield

  • Name: Jorden Birch
  • Specialism: Science

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