CPD for STEM Club leaders

This CPD course aims to help potential and existing STEM Club leaders consider different aspects of setting up and running a club. It supports the setting up, improving or revitalising of STEM Clubs and helps you build an action plan for your STEM Club.

This course aims to benefit anyone involved in running a club and is designed for use by:

  • teachers of STEM subjects either in the same department or a cross curricular team
  • technicians and teaching support adults groups of parents who want to support
  • school leadership teams
  • school governors
  • STEM ambassadors

The course centres is divided into four modules outlined in the action planning document. You will need to save this document on your computer and add content after working through the modules.

If you are just starting your STEM Club, or are considering starting up a STEM Club, work through the modules in order. Quickly go through each module picking out your priority areas, before going back and looking at these in depth. Share your developing thoughts with colleagues and get their buy in to the ideas you are developing.

More experienced club leaders will know which areas to develop and should be able to identify relevant modules from the summaries at the top of each page. If you already run a STEM Club but are looking to improve performance in a particular area, just select the relevant module for you.

The course can be used in conjunction with the step by step and video guides which will help you consider the key questions outlined in each module.

Download your action planning document and follow the sections below to help complete it. This CPD course is also available in a printable PDF document.

Club goal and outcomes

Club goal

Decide on your club goal – what do you want your club to achieve? Your goal could be an overarching aim, or statement.

To do this you can ask yourself what will be the key benefits of your club to the pupils, the staff and the school?

STEM Clubs benefit pupils, staff and the school in different ways. They can bring together staff who may not usually work with each other, and improve links and integrated working between STEM departments. They can improve relations between pupils and teachers, and build links with local industry and employers.

And importantly, STEM Clubs have a positive impact on pupils. Pupils gain practical, team work and leadership skills, their confidence and engagement in STEM increases as well as their motivation to study STEM and enter STEM careers.

Decide on what it is that’s important to your club.

Club outcomes

Once you have an aim or goal in mind, think about how you are going to achieve that goal.

What will be the visible outcomes and the learning outcomes for members? Are there any other important outcomes of your Club? And how do you plan to measure these?

Without being able to measure your outcomes, you won’t be able to know if your Club is achieving its goal, so it’s worth spending the time to work through your outcomes in your action plan.

1.Module One

Module One looks at the who, what, when, where and how of setting up a Club. It asks you to consider:

  • which pupils you will target as potential members?
  • how will you recruit and retain your membership?
  • which adults will you involve in planning the club?
  • when the club will meet and for how long?
  • what the club will do
  • how you will measure success?

Read through the step by step guide and watch the video guides if you need inspiration.

2.Module Two

Module Two considers the finances and marketing behind setting up and running a club. It asks you to consider:

  • how you will set a budget for your club
  • how will you find out about setting up accounts within your school system
  • how you will secure any funding or support that is needed
  • how the club will be marketed inside the school
  • how the club will be promoted to the wider community
  • how you will engage others with specialist skills and knowledge
  • what formal evaluation scheme will you set up for your club

What skills do you have in maintaining financial records and budgeting? Do you need advice or specialist support?

How will the club funds be managed, to keep them secure and separate from other funds within your organisation?

What regulations govern the use and administration of funds within your organisation?

How will you market your club activities within the school and to the wider community?

3.Module Three

Being in a STEM Club is great fun. But there are other benefits for individuals and for the school.

Module Three looks at the direct benefits to students of being a member of your Club, including accreditation and awards, and taking a part in fairs and competitions.

It asks you to consider:

  • when you will research and plan awards and accreditation schemes for students.
  • how you will record activities and achievements of club members
  • when you will research and plan entry and participation in national fairs or competitions (if appropriate)

What will be the direct benefits to students of being a member of your STEM Club?

What evidence should students have of their activity in a STEM Club?

How will you enhance the benefits to individuals, the club and the school?

How will you evaluate the benefits of the club to the individual, to teachers and the school? What evidence do you need to collect?

4.Module Four

Sharing the load of running a club can save you a lot of time and effort. It can also bring benefits to the wider community.

Module Four looks at engaging others in your club to enhance what you do, as well as providing a rewarding experience for those involved. It asks you to consider:

  • how you will engage the support of other adults and departments in the school
  • how you plan to link with STEM organisations and others in the community
  • how you will engage with other individuals who could support the club

How will you ‘sell’ your club to others, both through print and the spoken word?

Why would others want to get involved in your club?

What professional or personal rewards do others get from being involved in the Club?

How will you evaluate the impact of external speakers and supporters?