How to get My Company My School Myself involved.




Our programmes are designed to support and enhance the STEM and Arts capacity of our over- stretched primary schools and teachers. To date over 30 primary schools (including a number of Gaelscoileanna) in Cork, Dublin, Louth, Meath and Galway have participated in our programmes with great success!

Adopt / Foster a School
Nominate employee co-teachers
Pre-Programme Training
Programme Rollout by company employee or postgrad & primary teacher

COMPANIES

COMPANY ADOPT-A- SCHOOL MODEL

In the ‘adopt’ model a company sponsors a class(es) in a school and provides the outreach employees to co-teach the programme.

STEAM provide the training, resources, Garda vetting of co-teachers, and support for school engagement and PR opportunities.

Cost:

10 week programme (1 hour per week in school time) for 1 class (of ~30 kids) = €2000 using either one or two company employees.

Min. requirement of 5 consecutive lessons per person Must have degree and masters level qualification in the relevant field, or equivalent experience (min 1 year in company)



COMPANY / ORGANISATION FOSTER-A- SCHOOL MODEL

In the ‘foster’ model a company sponsors a class(es) in a school but does not provide the outreach employees to co-teach the programme. Instead STEAM will recruit postgraduates from the relevant field to co-teach the programme on the organisations behalf.

STEAM recruit the postgrads, provide the training, resources, Garda vetting of co-teachers, and support for school engagement and PR opportunities.

Cost:

10 week programme (1 hour per week in school time) for 1 class (of ~30 kids) = €2500 Min. requirement of 5 consecutive lessons per postgrad..

Postgrad. must have degree and masters level qualification in the relevant field.


CO-TEACHER REQUIREMENTS

Either 1 or 2 co-teachers can be involved in delivering a 10 week programme. Min. requirement of 5 consecutive lessons per person

Co-teachers must have a degree and masters level qualification in the relevant field, or equivalent experience (min of 1 year experience in ‘the field’ required) All co-teachers must submit to Garda Vetting process prior to programme

We encourage co-teachers to visit the school (having arranged suitable times with the teacher at pre-programme training) at the same time and day every week as far as possible (although a degree of flexibility is required on both sides for unforeseen circumstances)


Certification & Continuing Professional Development Opportunities:

We are currently working on the development of a certification and CPD scheme for co-teachers and teachers with partners in UCC, TCD, DCU and a number of professional bodies. Watch this space! Contact us if this is of particular interest for your company/school/organisation.


COMPANY: How do I choose and engage with a School?

STEAM will assist and support companies and organisations in school choice for sponsorship

Criteria to note:

  • Programmes are designed for upper primary classes, ideally 5 th class but 4 th and 6 th also eligible.
  • The principal and class teachers must confirm their commitment to and engagement with the process to be of maximum benefit to the kids, as their co-operation is vital for co-teaching and the smooth running of the programme. STEAM will confirm this with the schools.
  • Programmes must be delivered to an entire year group e.g. if a school has two 5 th classes we cannot deliver a programme to one 5 th class and not the other, for obvious reasons! STEAM will work with the company to identify a school with the desired number of classes to match the sponsorship level.
  • STEAM can work with the company to provide a list and map of schools to suit the company.
  • STEAM also have a waiting list of schools in some areas so we can suggest schools if the company does not have a particular preference.
  • Company co-teachers and the relevant class teachers will be paired up at the pre-programme training.
  • The school (as the company) may have a preference for Autumn or Spring programmes, depending on their own schedule and the class group involved. STEAM will confirm this with the schools.

  • School choice may be influenced by:

  • Geographic location: proximity of school to either the company site and/or co-teachers is usually important to minimise off-site and travel time
  • Addressing disadvantage: companies may choose to preferentially select DEIS schools 1 . DEIS schools have been identified as suffering from some level of educational disadvantage according to criteria assessed by the Department of Education
  • Addressing Gender Diversity in Relation to STEM: companies may choose to e.g. preferentially support girls schools (and/or encourage female co-teachers) to address the under- representation of girls and women engaging in STEM subjects and careers
  • Employee Requests/Voting: some companies encourage employees to choose the schools
  • Once the company has chosen their preferred school(s) to sponsor STEAM will contact and set everything up with the chosen school(s).


    PR Opportunities:

    Certificate Presentation
    Site Visit
    Local Press
    Digital Media Promotion
    Other PR Options

    SCHOOLS:

    School: How do I get my school involved?

    If you would like to have a STEAM programme run in your school there are a number of opportunities/possibilities for engagement:

  • If you are nominated by a company for sponsorship STEAM will contact you on their behalf.
  • You can contact STEAM directly or register your interest here and a representative of our team will contact you about our waiting list.
  • If you can help us find a company to sponsor your school please contact us, as above.
  • Schools can opt to pay for the programmes themselves – however we know that schools are underfunded so we prefer to find sponsorship to run the programmes and to connect experts from industry with schools.
  • If your school is involved in a STEAM programme there are number of criteria to be aware of:

  • Programmes are designed for upper primary classes, ideally 5 th class, but 4 th and 6 th also eligible.
  • Programmes are designed for upper primary classes, ideally 5 th class, but 4 th and 6 th also eligible.
  • The principal and relevant class teachers must confirm their commitment to and engagement with the process to be of maximum benefit to the kids, as their co-operation is vital for co-teaching and the smooth running of the programme. STEAM-School terms of agreement here.
  • Programmes must be delivered to an entire year group e.g. if a school has 2 5 th classes we cannot deliver a programme to one 5 th class and not the other, for obvious reasons! STEAM will work with the company/school to identify a school/company with the desired number of classes to match the sponsorship level.
  • STEAM put all our co-teachers through the Garda Vetting process ~6 weeks in advance of projected programme start dates. Barnardos are the official vetting agency for STEAM, i.e. Barnardos process and send the vetting forms to the Garda Vetting Unit in Thurles on our behalf. The result of this process is the VERY SAME as the school vetting procedure, but it ensures that the STEAM co- teachers can also engage with us in other schools/on other STEAM projects. Therefore it is our preference to carry out the vetting ourselves, rather than go through the school vetting process.
  • Class teachers musts be present in the classroom at all times during the running of the programme for insurance and child protection purposes.

  • WHAT STEAM PROVIDE



    STEAM provide a pre-developed 10 week programme, designed with expert input, to be delivered one hour a week during school time. This includes a programme overview; a very short and visual powerpoint presentation with plenty of prompts, animations, images and video clips to support the learning outcomes of each lesson; a time planner for each lesson to keep you on track as regards time management; and a pre-packed set of (largely) group activities for each class and lesson -in a Box!

    STEAM also provide certificates for the kids, to be presented at the end of the programme; and a series of 3 questionnaires to be filled out at the end of the programmes – one for the kids, one for the teacher, one for the co-teacher. This feedback is really important for quality control, programme enhancement and for research purposes. We are endeavouring to scientifically prove the efficacy of the programmes for all parties.


    POSTGRADUATE: CO-TEACHERS / UNIVERSITY ENGAGEMENT:

    STEAM advertise directly through universities and other Higher Education Institutes for postgraduates in relevant fields to co-teach programmes when required. If you are a postgraduate interested in co-teaching a programme please contact us directly. Meet some of our previous postgraduate co-teachers here.


    PROGRAMME TIMELINE

    -Our programmes usually run in either of two time slots in a school year:

    Autumn Programmes: Training in September, followed by 10 weeks of lessons to be completed by Christmas

    Spring Programmes: Training in January, followed by 10 weeks of lessons to be completed by Easter

    Days and times for individual lessons within these timeframes are arranged between each co- teacher and teacher to best suit their schedules.


    FEEDBACK & EVALUATION

    STEAM provide a series of 3 questionnaires to be filled out at the end of the programmes – one for the kids, one for the teacher, one for the co-teacher. This feedback is really important for quality control, programme enhancement and for research purposes. We are endeavouring to scientifically prove the efficacy of the programmes for all parties. We appreciate your contributions and your honest feedback as that helps us to improve. STEAM also love testimonials of a great experience!

    These can be included in the questionnaire or emailed to us at any stage. See examples here. We ask everyone to try and take some photos as the programme runs for training and PR purposes. STEAM will arrange consent for photos with the schools in advance.