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RDS STEM Learning

The RDS STEM Learning CPD Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics. 

A professional development programme with a difference RDS STEM Learning challenges teachers to embrace children’s natural curiosity and to focus on how they think, not what they know. It is also a community for shared learning amongst teachers, providing know-how and confidence in science and maths teaching. The classroom benefits of RDS STEM Learning are many: literacy and numeracy improvements; better problem solving; oral language development and integration of inquiry skills across the curriculum.

RDS STEM Learning was developed and piloted from 2012 – 2014 by the RDS, St Patrick’s College of Education and CASTeL, SPD/DCU, and was scaled-up in partnership with SFI Discover from 2015 - 2016. Following completion of the pilot, the RDS commissioned an external evaluation which has established that the pilot project has delivered significant measurable impact in the areas of teacher confidence and ability, and student engagement. The pilot programme showed evidence of creating a community of practitioners, enhancing teachers’ scientific inquiry skills and the breadth of methodologies used, increasing child-led learning, enhancing pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills and ensuring the cross-curricular integration of science.


For further information, please contact:

Amy Harrington
RDS Science & Technology Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7289
Email: amy.harrington@rds.ie

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