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Girls in STEM (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

At our recent meeting, the Education Panel heard that interventions to improve representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) need to happen far before GCSEs, in primary school. What more could you do to promote STEM with this age group?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Addressing gender stereotypes early is key to helping build girls’ science capital and confidence. In 2019 I funded the Gender Action programme; a whole-school approach to tackle gender stereotyping in schools and nurseries, including in STEM. In addition, my Mayor’s London Scientist programme is increasing its focus on primary schools this year, starting with two primary science events at City Hall this spring: a free primary science teacher training session at City Hall in March and a Great Science Share event for primary schools in June. Since 2017, I have also delivered 90 RE:CODE workshops which have engaged more than 6,000 primary school pupils in creative coding challenges. A further 19 workshops for over 1,500 pupils will be held over four days at The Crystal this spring.