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CREST Awards

Welcome to CREST Awards

CREST impact research

We have the opportunity for up to 200 schools in England to participate in a randomised control trial of the Silver CREST Awards in 2017/18 with a group of year 9 students.

Participating schools will receive £600 and will make an important contribution to understanding how independent, hands-on project work can impact student achievement and progression in STEM subjects.

Thanks to funding from the Education Endowment Foundation we will be working with NatCen, Britain’s largest independent social research agency, to evaluate the impact of the awards in terms of improving students’ attainment and progression in STEM subjects and develop students’ transferable skills. This research follows on from the 2016 ‘Quantifying CREST’ report which found that students who took CREST:

  • achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result
  • were more likely to continue with STEM education

The report also indicated that students eligible for Free Schools Meals saw a larger increase in their best GCSE science score.

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Great British Science Club

Save the date! On Wednesday 5 July we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the CREST Awards.

There will be celebrations nationwide on the day. Start planning your own Great British Science Club event or activity with our 30 inspirational ideas resource.

Pledge to hold an event on the 5 July and we will send you a FREE resource pack in the post including stickers, balloons and a booklet of activity ideas.



Youth Grand Challenges – funding to run CREST

We are pleased to launch a round of grants to support and enable schools and organisations to enter the Youth Grand Challenges. Applicants can request up to £500 total towards the costs of running Youth Grand Challenges CREST Awards. 

The Youth Grand Challenges is now open for entries! There are four entry levels for the competition: Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students have until 26 September 2017 to submit their project.

To support educators and young people in this challenge we have released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases. Topics range from designing sanitation technology to researching vaccines, providing real-world opportunities for young people to engage with cutting-edge research and product design ideas that have the potential to change the world.


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thumb_03_60_60Chris Conheeny

Tapton School

My Stem Club were assessed for their Bronze Award and had so much pride when they got it! The assessor was impressed at the skills they had learned in communication and facing challenges. The whole experience is so valuable!

thumb_03_60_60Rosy Halfyard

CREST Gold Award holder

The whole experience was amazing – I got a real feel for what working in a science setting is like.

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