The UK implemented 18 pilots in schools across the country and actively involved 745 students and 19 teachers. Teachers applied the pilots in their schools, adjusting the suggested good practices to fit their classroom needs. Another 119 teachers and 50 partners were involved during the five coaching sessions of the pilots, while dissemination included a broad range of schools and partners’ networks.
The majority of schools who took part in the pilots registered for CREST awards, which means that these teachers and students will continue to enjoy STEM enrichment outside of the MARCH project. By providing them with the means to undertake CREST, students will have the opportunity to tackle a research project of their choosing!
Furthermore, the best practices from the MARCH educational toolkit were integrated into a '30 inspirational ideas' booklet. This has been shared with hundreds of teachers through various events the British Science Association has been involved with since their creation, such as the STEM in Ed event in Swansea (September 2016), the MARCH boat-party in London (November 2016) and at the ASE Conference in Reading (January 2017). Through sharing these booklets, the best practices from the MARCH project have been spread even wider in which more teachers will use them in additional projects and many schools could use them in their STEM enrichment activities.
You can find out more about the individual UK pilots implemented in each school and the coach sessions here (pdf). For the full report on the Pilots, including pilots in other countries, pictures, evaluation and conclusions from the pilots, you can download it here (pdf).
The pilots in the UK were organised by the British Science Association.