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How to ensure Stem really is a primary priority

A lot of lip service is paid to Stem at primary, but David Taylor says pupils are still switching off to the subjects before they reach secondary. Here’s his 10-point action plan for schools to turn that around

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The first group of pupils in our Young Engineers’ Academy (YEA) had just finished designing and making polystyrene aeroplanes of all shapes and sizes; they were now testing their creations by firing them from a rather crude homemade catapult.

Stood at the door, dodging stray missiles, I realised we had created something special for a primary school.

The development of pupils’ skills in science, engineering and technology – three of the four Stem subjects (with maths being the fourth) – is often given a low priority in primary schools. This is perhaps due to a combination of a lack of staff ...

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