A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, calls for a major rethink of the role of schools and colleges in promoting engineering. Big Ideas: the future of engineering in schools reflects the views of leading engineering education experts and key stakeholders such as employers, parents and pupils. It proposes that pupils should be explicitly taught about engineering and the manufactured world as part of existing lessons from primary level upwards.  The report also recommends maintaining a broad curriculum for all until the age of 18 and broadening routes into the engineering profession by promoting flexible entry requirements for engineering degree courses.

The findings are based on the Big Ideas project conceived by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and developed with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Through a combination of provocative ‘think pieces’ from leading educators, a study of stakeholder attitudes and an international interdisciplinary workshop, the project identified a series of strategic options that, collectively, represent a compelling vision for the future of engineering education in UK schools.

Big Ideas: the future of engineering in schools (3.40 MB)

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Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

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Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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