Evaluating the impact of the CREST Silver Award

To be completed by: Fri 21 Jul 2017

Time: -Fri 21 Jul 2017 | Venue:

Thanks to funding from the Education Endowment Foundation we will be working with NatCen, Britain’s largest independent social research agency, to evaluate the impact of the awards in terms of improving students’ attainment and progression in STEM subjects and develop students’ transferable skills

We have the opportunity for up to 200 schools in England to participate in a randomised control trial of the Silver CREST Awards in 2017/18 with a group of year 9 students.

Half the participating schools will be randomly assigned, by computer, to the ‘treatment’ group and will deliver the CREST Silver Award in 2017-18 and the other half will be allocated to the ‘control’ group.

Participating schools will receive £600 and will make an important contribution to understanding how independent, hands-on project work can impact student achievement and progression in STEM subjects.

This research follows on from the 2016 ‘Quantifying CREST’ report which found that students who took CREST:

  • achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result
  • were more likely to continue with STEM education

The report also indicated that students eligible for Free Schools Meals saw a larger increase in their best GCSE science score.

To find out more contact Helen at crestresearch@britishscienceassociation.org


Published: 09/06/2017
Audience: All Secondary School Headteachers and Secondary Science
Contact: Helen

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