Improving STEM Education in London - Update from the Mayor's Education Inquiry
The REC recently attended the Mayor of London's Education Inquiry workshop on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Inquiry was first launched in November 2011 in an effort to explore the challenges facing primary and secondary schools in London. Key partners including boroughs, schools and policy-makers were given the opportunity to make recommendations for practical action.
The Mayor previously highlighted the need for:
• Improving educational standards and ensuring the availability of quality school places
• Awarding excellence
• Increasing future investment in schools and supporting the growth of academies and free schools.
• Building stronger links with businesses, the voluntary sector and Universities
• Tackling underachievement and maximising opportunities for particular ethnic groups and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The discussions on STEM focused on reasons for the lack of interest and take-up of science modules, and especially the factors affecting the London region. Other areas of discussion honed in the importance of sharing best practice and ultimately, ensuring the Mayor's Inquiry added value to future education developments.
The REC was invited to share our views and expertise based on our members' frontline position in the jobs market. With increasing job roles requiring the use of STEM, particularly in high growth sectors such as Engineering and Technical, Technology and Life Sciences, it is important that our education system prepares young people for the growing skills demand of the UK labour market.
The final report is scheduled for publication in September 2012 and whilst the Mayor does not have statutory responsibilities in terms of education, he can influence both the social and economic development of the Capital. As a result, we will continue to feed into Government key messages relevant to both educational reform and up-skilling the future UK workforce.
To share your views on STEM Education, please email firstname.lastname@example.org