Let’s get practical

We need more hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and maths if we are to really give students a fair chance at a Stem career, writes Jay Birch

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Growing up in the leafy suburban borough of Kingston upon Thames, Holly Simmonds had not considered the opportunities that the world of engineering had to offer.

“At my secondary school, the focus was firmly on the academic side of maths and science,” she says. “So I never realised that my love of maths could combine with my love of buildings and be a career.”

That all changed when, aged 17, she attended a summer school run by the Sutton Trust, aimed at encouraging young women’s interest in professions related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem). By participating in the ...

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