A myriad of resources has been produced by industry, business and other organisations. The production of educational resources has had a chequered history; organisations learnt the hard way and, at times, wasted millions of pounds on a badly managed approach. They saturated schools with literature that was collected by enthusiastic staff or sent unsolicited by mail but later assumed the role of doorstop or 'shelf support'; other resources have disappeared into the depths of the staff room never to see the light of day again. The problem was that the resources were neither pitched at an appropriate level for the pupils nor related to the schools' curriculum. Although well presented, usually in a glossy format, they lacked the important hallmark of teacher input. Organisations began to rethink their approach. They recognised the need for effective, relevant resource material, produced by a suitable team of teachers. Several also appreciated the value of INSET sessions in terms of promoting and using the resource. Teachers were invited to attend a day or half-day session sponsored by the company concerned or possibly in association with the local STEM co-ordinator and Education Business Partnership. These organisations still exist and, being established to create effective links between both worlds, are often able to offer a contribution to travel costs and sometimes even supply cover. So look out for them!

Most curriculum materials are now produced with the involvement of a dedicated team of teachers whose role is to assist in producing a meaningful context for teaching and learning.

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