STEM Subjects

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to increase the take-up of STEM subjects.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Holding answer received on 13 March 2019

The Department is committed to addressing the shortage of science, technology engineering mathematics (STEM) skills so it can grow the workforce needed for a dynamic economy. The Department is doing this by encouraging more young people into STEM education and training at all stages from primary school to higher education, improving teaching, and highlighting the variety of careers that STEM pathways have to offer.

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government has committed substantial spending on Maths, digital and technical education and is funding programmes to increase the take-up and better teaching of Maths, Science and computing in schools. This includes a new £84 million programme to improve computing teaching and the Advanced Maths Premium to encourage more schools and colleges to teach pupils maths post-16.

The Department is also improving STEM careers advice in schools. The Government’s careers strategy asks that STEM activities, including employer talks and work visits, are built into school career programmes. The Careers & Enterprise Company funds opportunities for young people to meet a wide range of STEM employers. In areas where STEM qualification uptake is lowest, they are working with Local Enterprise Partnerships to make sure that STEM opportunities are built into careers and enterprise plans.

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