Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
STEM subjects are integral to the UK’s success: the UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer, engineering turnover is around £800 billion per year, and whilst the UK makes up only 1% of the world’s population, we produce 10% of the world’s top scientific research. Despite this, it is remarkable to note that even though STEM graduates have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it difficult to recruit STEM skilled staff. And alongside our need for a skilled STEM workforce, it is crucial that all young people, regardless of their future career pathway, have the STEM knowledge and skills they need to be an informed citizen in an increasingly scientific and technological society.
The government has long identified STEM education as a major priority at both school and HE level.
Education for a strong STEM economy is built on strong subject teaching. We are pleased to boast high quality teachers who have been recruited to teach STEM subjects. As our learners progress they require specialist knowledge to challenge them.
However the view of STEM that young people experience outside of school is far more complex – with technology and engineering at the fore, drawing on a broad science base and mathematical expertise.
One challenge for STEM teaching is to help our pupils recognise how the science, design & technology, computer science, engineering and mathematics that they study here at School can lead to rich and varied career pathways. This complexity is a challenge – but also offers us an enormous opportunity for our STEM teachers to engage our young pupils with these strategically important subjects.
By reaching outside our own classrooms, we have been able to collaborate across subjects, enhance and enrich the school curriculum, make links with the world of work, and use varied contexts to help our young learners relate school STEM subjects with their real-world experience.
The Midlands is referred to as the home of the industrial revolution and is still the manufacturing heartland of the UK with a workforce well adapted to flexible working and with a wide range of production skills.
We are excited to be just a stone’s throw away from i54, the region’s top new business park. i54 South Staffordshire is a 91 hectare (226 acre) strategic site, adjacent to the M54 motorway with its own dedicated access to Junction 2 coming soon.
With companies such as Moog, Eurofins, and the much publicised Jaguar Land Rover engine Plant moving onto i54, this reaffirms our desire to inspire our pupils to recognise what an exciting career pathway Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths could be for them.