Frequently Asked Questions


I am a Science, Mathematics or Technology teacher and would like to participate in the program. How can I sign up?

Participation in the STEM Academy is through a partnership between the school and the University and not with individual teachers.

If you are interested in the program, please speak to your School Principal and ask them to consider becoming a partner school.


How are Partner Schools selected?

Each year, the STEM Academy holds an Information Session for interested school Principals who are then invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The program leaders review submitted EOI’s and select the partner schools based on how they meet the selection criteria. It is important that the EOI demonstrates the school’s commitment to support its teachers through the completion of the program and onwards.

For the primary schools program, a partner school will be required to send a team of three to four teachers to attend a total of five days of professional learning sessions delivered within a calendar year.

Partner schools participating in the secondary schools program are required to send a team of six teachers - two each from the science, mathematics and TAS departments of their school. The whole team must attend the first, three-day and the follow-up two-day professional learning sessions.

Please check our Calendar for dates for 2018.


What are the costs involved in becoming a Partner School?

For the primary schools program, a partner school will be required to send a team of three to four teachers to attend a total of five days of professional learning sessions delivered within a calendar year.

Partner schools participating in the secondary schools program are required to send a team of six teachers - two each from the science, mathematics and TAS departments of their school. The whole team must attend the first, three-day and the follow-up two-day professional learning sessions.

The Academy requires a commitment from the school to provide time for teachers to engage in collaborative, disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary evaluation and planning in between the residential and workshop sessions.


My school has been selected as a Partner School. What’s next?

The STEM Academy will organise its mentors to visit your school to discuss what to expect and how to prepare for the three-day residential program.

You will be required to sign up in the Academy’s online platform to start engaging with colleagues from within and across other discipline groups.


I live near the University of Sydney. Do I have to stay on campus during the first residential session?

Yes, the residential component of the program is mandatory.

The purpose of the residential is to facilitate collegial discussions across discipline groups from within your school and others.

It is also an excellent way to network and learn about what other teachers are doing.


Will the hours I complete at STEM Academy count towards any PD accreditation with BOSTES?

Yes. Please check the Accreditation page for more information.