Speaker Presentations: The Delivering Excellence in Teaching STEM in Schools Conference 2023

Thank you for attending The Delivering Excellence in Teaching STEM in Schools Conference 2023.

We hope you found the day informative and interesting. You can download the speaker presentations after the event from this page. Please bookmark or otherwise save this page so that you are able to return.

Stephen Lyon, Education Lead (Mathematics), STEM Learning

Maria Rossini, Head of Education, British Science Association

Matthew Howells, STEM coordinator, Ysgol Y Graig Community Primary School

Jodie McGeehan, Chemistry Teacher and PT STEM, St Andrew’s RC Secondary

Dr Ram Ramanan, Lead Teacher of Physics, Shooters Hill Sixth Form

David Lakin, Head of Education and Safeguarding, The Institution of Engineering and Technology


You can find recordings of the event sessions below:

Morning Session 1 

Morning Session 2

Afternoon Session 1


Additional Resources: 

From Maria Rossini: 

Guidance on how to embed practical projects into the secondary science curriculum: https://secondarylibrary.crestawards.org/investigative-practical-science-in-the-curriculum/65418842

Info on our support for underrepresented audiences- including grants and other opportunities: https://www.crestawards.org/underrepresentedaudiences

Free project resource library (for both primary and secondary): https://library.crestawards.org/


Questions for Helen:

Hi Helen, do you get timetable allowances with your role as STEM coordinator at your school?

My STEM role is only paid at a Teaching Assistant rate not as a teacher. My TA hours have increased from 3 to 5 then 8 hours. So this means even if I work from 7 am to 9 pm on a Saturday taking the students on a trip the maximum I can claim back is 4 hours. Obviously TAs are not paid for holidays. It relies on goodwill from myself.


Do you feel there is a call for “girls only” STEM clubs following on from the comment made by Helen regarding the reason given for the girls giving up the robotics club?

Having completed much research as part of Masters credits  Engineering in Education, I have spoken to many people about their role in to STEM careers and how they were perceived at university and beyond. This is a key area. We trialled a girls only robotic club, then thinking they would be confident we mixed the groups together and some of the girls left. So I believe depending on your school it may be beneficial to have a girls only club. However, we have students who identify as non binary so it makes it challenging to be totally inclusive. I found that Yr 9 tended to be the year group that had the most issues.