Since 1990 we have made grants to support science, engineering and maths education totalling more than £170 million. We have piloted new models of teacher training and professional development, developed low-cost curriculum resources and informed national policy.
For almost thirty years, we have supported the development of innovative programmes in a number of areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Our first major initiatives were in support of Design & Technology in schools, including the Technology Enhancement Programme, which, over 20 years, created scores of low-cost curriculum resources and associated professional development opportunities for design & technology teachers.
In the mid-1990s, we broadened our support to include programmes in mathematics education. A key partner in this work was Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), which we supported to develop a range of initiatives, including what has now become the Further Mathematics Support Programme.
Today our efforts are broadly concentrated around three Focus Areas:
- Technical Education and Skills: To support an increase in Level 3 and Level 4 STEM skills within the UK workforce by:
(a) promoting a recognition of the importance and status of technicians, principally through a framework for professional registration;
(b) supporting the development and uptake of technician training (eg apprenticeships HNCs/HNDs and relevant 14-19 qualifications); and
(c) seeking to ensure an appropriate infrastructure is in place to support this aim, (including suitably qualified teachers, appropriate training facilities, and fit-for-purpose funding mechanisms).
- Science in Schools: To support the teaching of science 11-19, by promoting activities which: encourage innovation and stimulate the use of engaging practical activity in science lessons and STEM Clubs; and encourage young people to study science post‑16.
- National Initiatives and Partnerships: To support a coherent national system of STEM education and career guidance, by partnering key national organisations in initiatives which promote greater collaboration across the sector, and through targeted research to inform government policy.
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