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John Holman, The UK STEM prgramme, PIC meeting, 05/11/09, Brussels

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John Holman, The UK STEM prgramme, PIC meeting, 05/11/09, Brussels

  1. 1. John Holman, National STEM Director The UK STEM programme
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is STEM? </li></ul><ul><li>Science, technology, engineering, mathematics </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The value of education </li></ul><ul><li>The long-term effect of one year’s additional education on economic output in the OECD area ranges between 3 and 6 percent . </li></ul><ul><li>Andreas Schleicher, OECD </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Employers’ preference for degree subject </li></ul><ul><li>CBI Education and Skills survey 2009 </li></ul>Two-thirds of employers who express a preference prefer STEM degrees No specific preference 42% Science, technology, engineering, maths 40% Business 13% Social sciences 3% Humanities 1%
  5. 5. Gross additional lifetime earnings (wage premiums) by degree subject compared to two or more GCE A-levels
  6. 6. <ul><li>STEM Skills are still in short supply </li></ul><ul><li>66% of employers report difficulties recruiting STEM skilled staff, with particular concern at graduate and post-graduate level </li></ul><ul><li>STEM graduates can expect to receive amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits </li></ul><ul><li>CBI Education and Skills survey 2009 </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for highly numerate & analytical individuals will grow much faster than for those without these skills . </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>STEM teaching has many supporters </li></ul>STEM teaching in schools and colleges Government Foundations Academia Industry
  9. 9. <ul><li>What do all these supporters agree on? </li></ul><ul><li>We need good achievement and good engagement: </li></ul><ul><li>more young people doing well in STEM subjects and more wanting to continue studying them </li></ul>
  10. 10. Project ROSE (Relevance of Science Education) Svein Sjoberg, University of Oslo Horizontal axis: Human Development Index Vertical axis: Score on positive attitudes towards science
  11. 11. A Level Science entries
  12. 12. A Level Mathematics entries A level maths
  13. 13. <ul><li>The STEM education strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Get the curriculum right </li></ul><ul><li>Get the education infrastructure right </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The STEM education strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Priorities (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Get the right teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Provide excellent professional development for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance and enrich the STEM curriculum, to provide role models and show what rich careers STEM qualifications can lead to </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The National Science Learning Centre, York, UK </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Remit </li></ul><ul><li>House the UK’s largest accessible collection of STEM teaching and learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to this support when and where teachers need it – via physical and online collections </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Sustainable resource collections: across all STEM subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary curriculum materials (e.g. print, multimedia, practical) including research and pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Archive collection, showcasing several decades of curriculum development </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘home’ for STEM resources that might otherwise become lost </li></ul><ul><li>A spring board for future developments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>helping to reduce duplication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>focusing effort where there are gaps in resource provision </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Online collections from 2010 </li></ul>
  19. 21. A Level Science entries
  20. 22. A Level Science entries
  21. 23. A Level Mathematics entries A level maths
  22. 24. A Level Mathematics entries A level maths
  23. 25. <ul><li>Future priorities: supply side </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Future priorities: supply side </li></ul><ul><li>Continue the drive to recruit – and retain – specialist science and mathematics teachers [‘Golden Hellos’ etc] </li></ul><ul><li>Continue the drive to provide high quality professional development for science and mathematics teachers [ENTHUSE Bursaries] </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the development of the National STEM Centre and eLibrary to provide access for all teachers to high-quality teaching resources </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>Future priorities: demand side </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>Future priorities: demand side </li></ul><ul><li>Work with industry to improve the quality of careers advice and guidance for young people, to show the rich range of careers available to people with STEM qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that industry and higher education make clear their preference for STEM qualifications, in order to counter perceptions that STEM subjects are difficult. </li></ul>

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