Teachers need upskilling, too

Getting people into Stem careers can be difficult because students don’t fully appreciate the options on offer. Could an increased level of experience among teachers in the related professions help? Louisa Pritchard reports

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Ask the question, “Is there enough real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) experience in teaching?” and the answer from teachers and industry alike is a resounding “no”. Yet working out how much of a problem this is – and how it can be fixed – is far from straightforward.

That there is a problem in getting young people into Stem careers is clear. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that 1.8 million new engineers and technicians are needed by 2025. Yet a report from the US-based Pew Research Center predicts that education programmes will be incapable of adjusting within ...

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