We have developed a strategy for SEPnet outreach and public engagement activities. This is split into three core programmes: schools outreach, teacher CPD, and public engagement.
We have developed an Engagement Framework with young people to support our strategy. This lays out the programmes we deliver and the audiences they are targetted at. We have included a delivery plan from a SEPnet university to demonstrate what is a manageable, deliverable long term programme using these interventions.
Core Programme 1: Schools’ Outreach
Aim: To raise, or at least maintain the science capital of Key Stage 3 students in the region by communicating the following messages via our programme of activities:
1. Anyone can do physics.
2. Physics is exciting, relevant & important; it goes beyond the classroom.
3. Studying physics further broadens career possibilities.
Core Programme 2: Teacher Continuing Professional Development
Aim: To support the work of science teachers in the classroom by providing training to help Physics teaching become more equitable, and to help maintain and raise the science capital amongst their students.
Core Programme 3: Public Engagement with Research
Aim: To cultivate and embed a culture of engaged physics research with the public across all SEPnet partners through training and supporting research groups in SEPnet partners to develop, run and evaluate impactful methods of engaging many different and diverse publics with their research throughout their research cycles.
This programme uses the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s (NCCPE) definition of Public Engagement. All projects based on research and / or working outside schools are included in this programme.