On Thursday 16 September, Eton hosted the first Schools Together Group Science Partnerships Round Table from the STEM Centre. The event was coordinated in collaboration with Education Consultant, Christina Astin and 23 cross-sector schools were represented by science teachers form a variety of fields. The meeting drew out themes around successful school partnerships that tackle disadvantage and ensure mutuality between partners, aiming to build in sustainability and demonstrable impact.

At the end of the session the teachers were invited to tour the Queen’s Schools building and visit the archives to view some of Collections articles of scientific interest including, The Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius (German, 12th-century manuscript), a page from the manuscript of Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1858), Robert Boyle’s The Sceptical Chemist (1661), Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica (1713) and even a lock of Isaac Newton’s hair.

The discussions from the day helped to shape a series of articles now being collated into a Schools Together Group publication to inspire schools to collaborate in science.