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UK STEM businesses are warning that the current skills shortage in the STEM sector is costing these businesses £1.5 billion a year and this is set to increase. Employers are warning that the UK will fall behind other countries in terms of technological advancements if this skills shortage isn’t tackled soon. Therefore, it is vital that schools are providing the best STEM teaching possible and inspiring the next generation to continue with scientific studies.
According to a report published in January 2018 by the National Audit Office (NAO), there is a serious gender participation gap with STEM subjects. Women only made up only 21.2% of physics A-Level entries between 2016/2017. It is becoming vitally important to encourage women to engage with STEM subjects in order to combat the rising levels of skills shortages in the current labour market.
Many regard the shortage of specialised science teachers as one of the biggest issues affecting the teaching of science. More teachers are being pushed to teach outside of their specialism which can lead to teachers not being as confident and prepared to experiment. Therefore, schools should be encouraging teachers to broaden their specialism through professional development in order to ensure optimum quality teaching and learning, and to better ensure that the pupils are able to fill the current STEM skills shortage.
It is therefore vital that schools across the UK ensure they are improving science teaching through strengthening teacher knowledge and cultivating specialist skills. Failure to do so could mean that the future workforce is not adequately equipped to deal with the growing demand for science skills in the labour market.
This one day forum will provide participants with an excellent opportunity to examine how to deliver outstanding science teaching. Attendees will have the chance to examine the current landscape of Science curricula in the UK and hear from leading policy experts on the impact that assessment reforms will have on teaching and learning . In addition, best practice case studies will share innovative science teaching methods, promoting extracurricular science activities and empowering teachers to provide excellent teaching through personal development.
Key speakers include:
• Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive, STEM Learning
• Shaun Reason, CEO, The Association for Science Education (ASE)
• Ann Wolstenholme, Science Subject Advisor, OCR.
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