Su Corcoran & Sarah McNicol
Project Directors: Su Corcoran & Sarah McNicol
Duration: October 2017 - January 2018
The Tim Peake Primary Project (TPPP), which ran in 1,400 UK primary schools, used Peake's Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to promote space as a cross-curricular context for teaching science, literacy and numeracy. Delivered by the European Space Education Resource Office in the UK (ESERO-UK), and funded by the UK Space Agency and the Department for Education, with further support from the European Space Agency, the project delivered continuing professional development (CPD), resources and support from specially trained Space Ambassadors (SA) to teachers.
The evaluation had two key objectives, namely to:
It involved surveys with teachers, follow-up telephone interviews and case studies. The evaluation found that using space as a context for teaching and learning directly increased pupils' enjoyment and engagement in science, numeracy and literacy; increased pupil attainment in science; and increased teachers' confidence in teaching space-related topics.
The full report is available here: https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/446407/tim-peake-primary-project-evaluation