Mrs Watts receives national award for excellence in teaching STEM

LEADING the way – nationally, in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics Aldridge School’s Director of Science Support Mrs Watts has received the Technicians and Support Staff ENTHUSE Celebration Award from STEM Learning.

Held at The Royal Society in London, we were joined by dignitaries at the highly prestigious awards dinner to share our stories about the impact we are making on young people’s STEM education. Winners were announced in seven categories at the now long-standing event.

Fascinated by Science, Mrs Watts joined Aldridge School as a laboratory technician 27 years ago. Her current role is now Director of Science Support. Exciting pupils about science and providing a safe learning environment is somethingMrs Watts is passionate about, combined with sharing knowledge and skills.

This was an outstanding application, packed with examples of going above and beyond the call of duty – even for a technician!Mrs Watts is a role model for others, she’s highly effective in her role, delivers wider CPD for technicians (beyond her school) and sets up opportunities for students, to inspire them and enable them to make the most of their learning. She has even taken a unique approach to solving future recruitment issues through mentoring an apprentice technician.

Head teacher Mr Bryant said: :
“We are very proud of Mrs Watts’s achievement. Our students and staff benefit from her enthusiasm and commitment to science and to our school.”

Supported by ENTHUSE – a partnership of Government, learned bodies, charitable trusts and employers – STEM Learning invests in teachers to encourage more people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers. It is part of its vision to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK

STEM Learning’s Chief Executive Yvonne Baker, said:
“Many congratulations from everyone at STEM Learning for winning this award. By committing to teachers continuing professional development, schools are providing the best STEM education in the UK – passing on their enthusiasm and expertise to encourage young people to develop specialisms in these vitally important subjects.”

All those nominated had made it through the regional heats, explaining in their applications earlier this year, how they had used their professional training, resources and engagement with the wider related business and research community through STEM Learning to inspire their students.

The national awards were held on Tuesday 26 June at The Royal Society in London.