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Inspirational schools honoured at Northern Ireland STEM Awards

Inspirational schools honoured at Northern Ireland STEM Awards

Inspirational teachers and staff from throughout Northern Ireland were honoured for their positive impact and dedication to the young people they teach at an awards ceremony at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise the dedication of teachers in the development of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and are awarded annually by STEM Learning, the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK.

The 2018 Northern Ireland winners are:

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching for Primary teachers:

Kerrie Wilson, Duneane Primary School, Toomebridge

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching for Secondary teachers:

Colin Louden, Lisneal College, Derry/Londonderry

ENTHUSE Award for STEM Primary School of the Year:

St Columba’s PS, Straw, Draperstown

ENTHUSE Award for STEM Primary School of the Year:

Lisneal College, Derry/Londonderry

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching for technicians and support staff:

Karen Murphy, St Louise’s College, Belfast

The Education Authority (EA) has been working in partnership with the National STEM Centre since 2012 to provide high quality development programmes for teachers and technicians aimed at improving outcomes for pupils and schools.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Dr Gill Humes, EA Lead Officer for the Enthuse Project paid tribute to all the nominees and to the ENTHUSE team who provide quality development opportunities for teachers and support staff.

“I would like to congratulate all the schools and staff nominated for the 2018 ENTHUSE Awards and thank them for the work that they do in inspiring the young people in our classrooms to embrace STEM subjects,” she said.

“A teacher’s time is valuable so any time spent out of the classroom must be worthwhile and bring about improved outcomes for pupils. The programme in Northern Ireland has higher recruitment than anywhere else in the UK, and is growing in reputation, and so I would like to thank the team that has helped build this over the past six years.”

Guest speaker at the event was Alliance MLA Chris Little who is a member of the All Party Group on STEM.

“I am very aware of the importance of fostering a passion for STEM skills at an early age, given the importance of those skills to the world in which we live. The challenges and opportunities that we face as a society are almost totally reliant on those skills for solutions,” said Mr Little.

“It is vital that we have people who are passionate about STEM in our schools. I have seen the many opportunities that STEM creates and how much it shapes the world around us, and that is at the heart of inspiring our young people and at the heart of these awards.”

STEM Learning’s Chief Executive Yvonne Baker, added: “We all remember our inspiring teachers, and how much impact they can have on our future aspirations. Excellent teachers like these ENTHUSE award winners lie at the heart of how we will achieve a leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. It is an absolute honour to celebrate the amazing teachers and technicians through the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards - every one of the nominees is a winner, and I know that each of them will continue to make a difference to young people’s lives across the UK.”

The Northern Ireland award winners will also be shortlisted for the national awards to be held at The Royal Society in London on 26 June.

Supported by a partnership of Government, learned bodies, charitable trusts and employers, STEM Learning’s facilities include the National STEM Leaning Centre at York, with state-of- state-of-the-art facilities for intensive teacher CPD and an extensive library and repository of resources.

Find out more about STEM Learning’s ENTHUSE Celebration Awards, here.

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