The Royal Academy of Engineering strongly endorses the Government’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme Report. The Report sets out plans to improve STEM education in schools and colleges.
Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering, said:
“I strongly welcome the Government’s STEM Report. I am particularly pleased with the Report’s recognition of the importance of the Technology and Engineering in Schools Strategy, which aims to give every primary and secondary school in the UK full access to multiple, quality-approved engineering and technology education programmes.
“The STEM Report makes a commitment that the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Network (a major deliverer of education enhancement activities) will lead the coordination of the many valuable initiatives to strengthen technology and engineering education in our schools and colleges, as well as increasing the number of students who benefit from such initiatives.”
The Report’s main commitments include:
the establishment of a new STEM Strategy Group, which will include a representative from the Royal Academy of Engineering. This Strategy Group will promote greater coherence in STEM policies across government and make recommendations to Ministers concerning national priorities in this policy area;
a commitment by June 2007 to examine lessons for best practice from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s London Engineering Project. This Project aims to increase participation in engineering in higher education amongst ethnic minorities, women and mature students;
a pledge that the Department for Education and Skills and the Office of Science and Innovation will aim to engage more effectively with the Royal Academy of Engineering and with other parties on educational issues; and
consideration of whether The Royal Academy of Engineering, with other organisations, should have a presence in the National Science Learning Centre and the Regional Science Learning Centres.
Mr Greenish concluded:
“We welcome the opportunities now offered by the Government through this Report. We were closely involved in the Report’s preparation and intend to play a major role in ensuring that its recommendations are introduced successfully.”
Notes for editors
Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
The Report was published on October 10th by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Trade and Industry.
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Richard Wilson, Director of Communications at The Royal Academy of Engineering