The Polar Explorer Programme encourages and supports schools to enrich their teaching of STEM subjects. Over three years, 500 primary schools across the UK are selected to take part. Each school is assigned a Polar Ambassador who provides support to improve progression in STEM subjects for 7-11 year olds.
Polar Ambassadors help to increase:
- enjoyment and engagement in STEM subjects and extra-curricular activities
- confidence in learning science and in scientific enquiry skills
- awareness of the importance and relevance of science to society, and the role this plays in relation to helping people live with and adapt to climate change
- knowledge of career opportunities available to pupils who study STEM subjects
- STEM Learning is seeking suitable candidates to add to our existing team of highly motivated Polar Ambassadors to work directly with selected primary schools across the UK.
Polar Ambassadors are remunerated for their work at a rate of £1,000 (inc VAT) per school, based on the successful completion of agreed levels of support. STEM Learning reserves the right to limit the number of schools assigned to each Polar Ambassador to a maximum of 10.
Polar Ambassador activities
Polar Ambassadors across the country have already began their work and are helping schools to take part in a range of activities, including:
- in-school professional development for teachers
- free access to resources and activities, which have been curated to link with the commissioning and operation of the ship
- ideas and suggestions to support schools’ outreach activities
- support in achieving a CREST Megastar award
The candidate must be well organised and motivated, with:
- a passion and ability for enthusing primary children using the design and construction of the ship as a context for learning
- excellent communication skills
- enthusiasm for using polar themes as a context to enrich teaching and learning
- confidence in supporting and delivering practical lessons with classes of primary pupils, knowledge of the primary National Curriculum (and its equivalent)
- determination, tenacity and perseverance
Successful applicants will attend a one day professional development event delivered by STEM Learning. This event ensures that successful candidates have sufficient information to enable them to deliver a high quality service to primary schools. Dates and locations of training event to be advised.
More information can be found here: