Entry fees per student
In Wales, Discovery – Gold entry fees are paid by the Welsh government. In the rest of the UK, CREST Award entry fees are subsidised by the UK Government. British Forces Overseas schools, with a BFPO address, are treated as British schools.
Funding to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences
The application deadline has passed for this funding, the next round of grants will open in July 2017.
If registration and support costs are a barrier to running CREST, grants of up to £600 are now available to support and enable schools and organisations to run CREST Awards with young people underrepresented in STEM. This funding is aimed at schools and organisations that want to either run CREST Awards for the first time, or embed CREST across the wider school and broaden its reach.
Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:
- CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group
- Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.
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!
It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.