P-04-525 Funding for CREST Awards in Wales

We, the undersigned, call on the Welsh Government to reinstate the required funding for the Crest Awards in Wales, and want the National Science Academy to recognise the value of the Crest Awards to primary and secondary education, and the requirement of funding for the Crest Awards to continue.


Additional information:

CREST is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). It links students to curriculum-based learning. Last year over 30,000 CREST Awards were undertaken in the UK giving 5-19yr olds opportunities to explore real-world projects in an exciting way. Over 10% of the Awards in the UK were awarded to pupils in Wales.The success of the increase in number of CREST Awards in Wales has been achieved with funding from the Welsh Government (NSA) to coordinate and increase activities in Welsh schools. This has enabled the scheme to be offered bilingually, subsidised the pupils’ registration fee, provided grants and other supportive structures provided through See Science. CREST Awards have bought considerable benefit schools and the implications of the withdrawal of funding will be felt directly by the pupils and teaching staff.CREST Awards are recognised by all Universities in the UK and provides strong evidence of contextual data


Petition raised by:  See Science - British Science Association


Date Petition first considered by Committee: 21 January 2014


Number of signatures: TBC


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 13/01/2014



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