Caroline Dinenage (Gosport, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to encourage more schools to become specialist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
The Government want all schools to excel in teaching STEM subjects and are doing much to achieve this. Over the current spending review period we will be investing up to £135 million to improve the quality of science and mathematics teaching.
Our schools reforms include the development of Teaching Schools, many of which will lead in STEM subjects and use that expertise to help improve the quality of STEM education in other schools. We are also developing University Technical Colleges, all of which will provide opportunities for 14 to 19-year-olds to experience high quality technical education, and we taking forward proposals to develop specialist mathematics schools for 16 to 18-year-olds.