There are very few teachers in UK primary schools who have any scientific qualifications above GCSE level. Many also report that they struggle with science subject knowledge; this causes them to feel less confident about teaching science, which can have a negative impact on children’s learning and attitudes to science.
So what can be done to address this? Supported by grants from UWE and the Engineer’s Professors Council, researchers at UWE’s Departments of Engineering and Education and Childhood have been pairing UWE trainee primary school teachers (ITE students) with UWE undergraduate engineering students to work together on engineering activities for local primary school children, running ‘Children as Engineers’ conferences and producing a toolkit for training teachers and engineers to jointly teach science through engineering.
Read more about it on the UWE Education blog.