Internal Evaluation Framework

The NSO Generic Learning Outcomes

Alongside the two external evaluations which the NSO has commissioned over the last 10 years (2013 and 2020), we have also developed our own framework for the internal evaluation of our activities and resources.


Our vision: To become a recognised world-leading resource for the enrichment of STEM subjects



The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC7635
Credit: National Schools' Observatory

This section should provide you with all the information you need to know to help you get the most out of the NSO.

You'll find information on:

Strategy 2017-22

National Schools' Observatory Strategy

The NSO has recently created a new 5 year strategy based on feedback from our staff, users and advisory board entitled: "Access to the Universe for All"

Requesting Images from the Liverpool Telescope

The Liverpool Telescope (LT) is a professional, robotically controlled telescope for astronomical research and education. You can find out more about the Liverpool Telescope.

Our specially designed web interface Go Observing guides you through the task of requesting an observation. It allows you to get your own images and ensures you cannot do any damage to the telescope. We recommend you have a go at requesting an observation yourself before using Go Observing in the classroom.


Thank you for your interest in registering with the National Schools' Observatory (NSO).

Registration is free, simple and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Once you are registered you can immediately access all that the NSO has to offer. The main reason we ask you to create an account is to enable you to use the telescope and so the telescope has somewhere to send the observations once completed. We will of course NEVER pass on your data to anyone else without your permission.

Dr Chris Leigh


Strategic Projects' Coordinator


After leaving school, I spent a packed and fun eight years in the RAF, which involved a huge amount of training, followed by two search and rescue tours of duty around the UK. At the end of my service, I was compelled to seek out a new and mind-expanding challenge, and this led me to a four-year Astrophysics degree at the University of St Andrews.