CREST offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, encouraging young people to take ownership of their own projects. CREST can be run in schools, clubs, youth groups, other organisations or at home.
Engage Grants are available to help support UK schools to run CREST Awards. Schools that have high numbers of pupils who are often underrepresented in STEM.
Funding can cover registration fees, as well as support costs for running the Awards, such as CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, CREST link schemes or a delivery partner, consumables or equipment.
Preference will be given to schools and organisations that can clearly demonstrate commitment to the following:
- proposed engagement with students in lower ability or mixed ability science sets
- proposed activities which are cross curricular or involve collaboration between science and another subject area, particularly if it is outside STEM (e.g. history, art, music)
- engagement that supports girls to develop their STEM skills, understanding and passions
- engagement that includes whole year groups or whole classes
- engagement with students in non-traditional science contexts including out of school clubs which have a wider remit than just science.
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Who can apply
State schools or organisations that meet a minimum of one of the following three criteria:
- has at least 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium (or equivalent, depending on the UK nation applying from)
- has at least 30% of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds
- is based in a designated rural location
When to apply
Grants are available twice each academic year (once in the Autumn Term and once in the Spring term).
The Autumn 2024 round open in September 2024.
How to apply
Apply online via the British Science Association website.
Education & training
Science & technology
Black & Ethnic Minorities
People in poverty
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