Professional Learning in STEM Numeracy Grant Available

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Professional Learning in STEM Numeracy Grant Available
by Kirsty Gemmell - Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 8:48 AM

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme- calling all numeracy practitioners!

This grants programme, has been designed to build practitioner confidence and capacity in relation to STEM learning (sciences, technologies, engineering, mathematics). The programme has a strong focus on supporting mathematics and numeracy.

The Programme will seek to build on the success of Round 1 which was launched in October 2018 and saw £187,000 awarded to twenty-four organisations to develop new approaches to professional learning or extend existing provision.

In financial year 2019/20 the Grants Programme will have two different funding streams:

  • Regional and national partner fund

  • Leadership and collegiate professional learning fund.

The Regional and national partner fund is open to organisations supporting STEM at a regional and national level including: regional improvement collaboratives, local authorities, colleges, universities, science centres and festivals, Learned Societies, Third Sector organisations and a wide range of STEM providers.


The second funding stream, the Leadership and collegiate professional learning fund, is being introduced for the first time in financial year 2019/20. This exciting funding stream has been designed to support practitioner and locally-led proposals including those from learning clusters and communities, and practitioner networks.


The aim of both funding streams will be to support interdisciplinary approaches to STEM and also subject-specific support to each of the STEM-related disciplines. This includes: numeracy and mathematics, sciences and technologies including digital learning and teaching and engineering. Bids for STEM-related programmes and also for those just addressing one aspect, such as mathematics and numeracy, will be equally welcome.


The Grants Programme seeks to support practitioners in the following target sectors: early learning and childcare, primary, additional support needs, secondary, community learning and development. Professional learning programmes supporting school-based technical support staff are also eligible.


Separate guidance documents and application forms are available for each funding stream. These are available from the following page on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub:


The closing date for applications is 10:00 on Friday 28 June 2019. Any questions or enquiries should be directed to email: