Academic Collaborators & Research

We work with several academic institutions and partners across the UK to support research and development in primary science, and to facilitate collaboration between researchers and teachers.

We support a number of Academic Collaborators across the UK. They benefit from longer term funding relationships with the Trust. Most are part of higher education institutions and focus on a particular area of research and development in primary science education. All our Academic Collaborators work closely with our PSTT College Fellows and with our Clusters, and as a group they all share a core purpose of supporting and developing Trust activities.

Our current Academic Collaborators are:

Bath Spa University - the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project

Oxford Brookes University - teaching creatively and for creativity

Stranmillis College, Belfast - playful approaches to science; co-teaching

The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) - primary clusters

University of Hertfordshire - the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)

University of Manchester - the Science and Engineering Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)


Our outcomes in research may be in the form of papers to academic and professional journals, conference papers or it might take other forms such as the creation of resources, CPD units and teaching equipment.

We are now working in partnership with the Association of Science Education in the production of the Journal of Emergent Science (JES).


Download Our Impact Statement [1.45MB]

Our impact statement demonstrates how the PSTT’s Academic Collaborators and Strategic Partners are working together to address some of the most pressing current issues in primary science across the UK. It describes how our shared networks and collaborative approaches to research and development enable us to continue to be responsive to new challenges in primary science.