Mayor's London Scientist

The Mayor’s London Scientist programme is helping to inspire more young Londoners to consider exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

It was developed following the Mayor’s London STEM Roundtable, where stakeholders identified that many young people don’t feel science is ‘for people like me’. The programme provides a range of support for schools with the highest numbers of students underrepresented in STEM.

All aspects of the programme are designed to help young Londoners to engage with STEM subjects, get recognition for their achievements and see their own potential as future STEM professionals.

Find out about our Primary School Offer and Secondary School Programme below.

Primary School Offer

SuperStar CREST Award

We fund eligible primary schools to do the SuperStar CREST Award for free. This is the top accreditation scheme for school STEM projects and is run by the British Science Association.

The SuperStar CREST Award involves students completing eight exciting activities that each take approximately an hour to complete. Inspiration can be found in the SuperStar Challenges Collection, packed with ideas and guidance.

All students who complete their SuperStar CREST Award receive a bespoke, signed certificate from the Mayor to recognise their achievement, along with a badge.

Schools with cohorts that are 75%+ BAME and/or 30%+ FSM are eligible, as are all SEN schools and alternative providers. All eligible schools should have received a voucher code letter for free CREST Awards. If you believe your school is eligible but have not received a code, email us at [email protected].

Primary schools should sign up here to create a CREST account. If you are having difficulties, please check the dedicated CREST Help Centre. You can also contact the CREST team directly by e-mailing [email protected].


Mayor’s London Scientist Celebration

To thank teachers for their participation and celebrate projects, schools that complete CREST Awards will be invited to City Hall on 6 December 2019 to join us for a drink’s reception surrounded by panoramic views of London’s skyline. Please note that if the number of participating schools exceeds venue capacity, tickets will be allocated by ballot with each winning school receiving two tickets.

Secondary School Programme

The next secondary school cohort runs from November 2019 – June 2020. Places for our launch event are fully booked, but you can register your interest by joining the waiting list below:

The Mayor’s London Scientist: Secondary School Programme provides a bespoke package of funding and support for schools with high numbers of students underrepresented in STEM. Secondary schools with cohorts that are 75%+ BAME and/or 30%+ FSM are eligible, as are all SEN schools and alternative providers.

Through a partnership between City Hall and the British Science Association, STEM Learning and the Royal Institution, we are delighted to offer eligible secondary schools:

  1. Funding for CREST Awards
    Saving you up to £150 per class, you will receive funding and support to complete the Bronze CREST Award with your students. This is the top accreditation scheme for schools in the country, providing national recognition for STEM projects with certificates awarded to all successful students.
     
  2. Mentorship from a STEM Ambassador
    We will match you with a local STEM professional who can provide inspiration and guidance for running STEM projects. From scientists to designers, and technicians to engineers there are STEM Ambassadors ready to help you from across London.
     
  3. Complimentary tickets to the Royal Institution
    Saving you up to £160 per group, your students will get free entry to demonstration-packed live events where they can learn more about cutting-edge research and meet leading scientists from around the globe.
     
  4. Showcasing at the Big Bang London Fair
    Your students will have the opportunity to present their projects, win prizes and get hands on with interactive STEM activities during the Big Bang London Fair this summer. You may even find yourself with a place in the national Big Bang Finals!
     
  5. Celebration Reception at City Hall
    To thank schools for their commitment and celebrate their success, participating teachers will be invited to City Hall at the end of the year to join us for a drinks reception surrounded by panoramic views of London’s skyline.

FAQs

Is my school eligible for funding?

Any state school in London that meets atleast one of the following criteria can access funding in 2019/20:

  • schools with 75 per cent+ black and minority ethnic pupils
  • schools with 30 per cent+ pupils eligible for free school meals
  • Special Educational Needs school
  • Alternative Providers or Pupil Referral Units

I'm eligible! How do I get started?

Voucher codes have been sent to all eligible schools. If you believe your school is eligible but have not received a code yet, email us at [email protected].

When submitting completed projects, a Mayor's London Scientist voucher code can be entered to cover the full costs of CREST Award accreditation and delivery of certificates.

Primary schools should sign up here for SuperStar Awards.

Secondary schools should sign up for a CREST Account for Bronze Awards.

If you are having difficulties, please check the dedicated CREST Help Centre. You can also contact the CREST team directly by e-mailing [email protected].

What are the benefits of CREST Awards?

Research indicates that participating in CREST has a particularly positive impact on students from underrepresented backgrounds. A three-year pilot looking at students from low-income and BAME backgrounds found:

  • Teachers reported that taking part in CREST had a positive impact on students’ skills, including thinking, problem solving and decision making; self-management; and working with others
  • Almost all teachers stated that CREST had a positive impact on student motivation
  • ~90% reported expecting a positive impact on attainment
  • ~90% thought that attitudes to STEM subjects had been improved
  • ~85% thought that CREST had positively impacted on students’ aspirations in STEM

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