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Reforming technological education 5-19: the iSTEM+ approach

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Reforming technological education 5-19:
the iSTEM+ approach

Adrian Oldknow & Tony Houghton

Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education http://

Visiting Professors BKF University of Applied Science
Reforming technological education 5-19:
the iSTEM+ approach

Spot the odd one out?
iMac, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iWatch…..
Design education in Newcastle
iMac rescued Apple
Arise Sir Jonathan

Jonny’s father Mike, DT teacher, HMI
BBC micro in schools and homes
Now consultant at DATA

We need schools to inspire kids with UK technological achievements

Where did STEM come from?
SET For Success April 2002 – a footnote on p76!
The STEM Framework 2008

What should it have achieved?
At school STEM is typically treated as separate subjects. In the outside world real-life scientific and technological opportunities and challenges simply do not slot neatly into these categories. While schools are restricted by timetables and staffing to varying degrees, many grasp opportunities such as:

Building a stimulating curriculum where the links across all STEM subjects are explicit to teachers and learners alike – and perhaps doing so with feeder and other partner schools and colleges.
Drawing on outside organisations to engage learners – by using ‘real world’, cross-curricular STEM contexts and challenges.
Working together with scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from the world of work to give learners an exciting yet realistic picture of a future which motivates them to choose these subjects.
Highlighting the wide range of rewarding careers available to those who choose STEM subjects in school or college.

The STEM Framework

What stopped it from working?
STEM Cohesion Programme
2009 to 2011.

“By organising existing activities it is hoped that: (a) schools and colleges will have a better understanding of what is available to them and be more able to access appropriate provision and (b) stakeholders and funders should have a clearer picture of what is already being done and where gaps in provision remain.”

Poor vision, no innovation, subject focused.

What is the STEM legacy?
National STEM Centre York – Gatsby funded
97,000 visits per month; 65,900 UK teachers; 100% of secondary schools & colleges, 62% primary schools; eLibrary 9000+ resources.  

STEM Ambassadors Programme BIS funded
40 regions, c30,000 Ambassadors

STEM clubs DfE/Gatsby funded
3000+ school clubs in STEM week 2015

And a wealth of experience on which to draw

What’s changed in 10 years?
Schools have
greater autonomy
to determine priorities
Local Enterprise Partnerships
have a brief to stimulate skills provision
University fees make
more attractive
Industrial Partnerships
to increase the `pipeline’ of skills in their sector
, such as MOOCS, social media and video conferencing support new ways of learning
have developed free tools and resources to support STEM learning
Cost of IT hardware has rapidly reduced, microelectronic
are now abundant

What is ETEP?
What is a Skilful School?
How £15k and some TLC can help
What is an iSTEM+ Hub?
What is an iSTEM+ Region?
How can business help?
What could Government do?
How could iSTEM be organised
How can you help?
Engineering & Technology Education Partnership

Founded by CCITE, CRL and the IET
Activate Learning, Aspirations Academy Trust, ISA
Airbus, Autodesk, CBI, e-Skills, SEMTA, TechUK
EDT, Industrial Cadets, Hamilton Trust
ASCL, ASE, CAS, DATA, the MA, YST, Young Engineer
Solent EBP, STE, Surrey Satro, WSC
Cambridge U, Portsmouth U, Soton U, UCL, UCS
Integrated STEM and more:

Subjects: Science, DT, Engineering, Maths, Computing, Geography, Art&Design, Sport, Enterprise, PSHE…

Skills: team work, problem- solving, practical skills,
communication, study…

Engagement: peers, families, ambassadors, employers,
HE, workplace, learning community…

Cross-curricular group projects
Presentations and competitions
Portfolios and accreditation

What is an iSTEM+ Cluster?
The Gosport iSTEM+ cluster:

Fareham College and the CEMAST Centre 16+
Bay House School and 6th Form 11-19
Brune Park Community School 11-16
Gomer Junior School 8-11

Science & Engineering Clubs - £15k pump-prime
Buy new kit e.g. Arduinos, 3D printer…
Pay for staff time for planning, CPD etc.
Buy in external support e.g. Hamilton, eedNET
Pay for visits, conferences etc.
Software licences e.g. Vernier Logger Pro…
Supported by help from local employers, Ambassadors, HE etc.

Formerly 9 RDAs and STEMNet Regions

39 Local Enterprise Partnerships

40 STEMNet contract holders

c200 Cities and towns with Mayors > Hub

2 or 3 iSTEM+ clusters per year for 3 years

Central meeting space with resources

Shared CPD, resources, meetings etc.

Currently working in 3 regions:
Hampshire, Northants and Suffolk

All committed to helping school improvement through improved STEM provision.

Also targeting Berkshire, Cambridge, Herts, Norfolk, Oxford, Surrey

Seeking involvement within each LEP to create an iSTEM+ joined up nation!
CBI Ambition for All in Schools campaign

First steps:
“The report sets out a raft of measures that will revive our schools and ensure that they are developed so they are best able to help the UK compete against its international counterparts.”

Implement on the ground by CEOs and companies adopting partner schools committed to iSTEP+ approach – supporting with £15k and support.

Founders4Schools pairs over 8000 business leaders and 10000 high growth companies with schools.

Government is a significant employer of STEM skills.
438,000 teachers, 8.2 million pupils at 24,372 schools in England

23 Chief Scientific Advisers, chaired by Professor Sir Mark Walport
Education Minister Nicky Morgan
Skills Minister Nick Boles DfE/BIS
Science Minister, Jo Johnson BIS,
Digital Economy Ed Vaizey BIS/DCMS
Industry and Enterprise Minister Anna Soubry BIS
Communities Minister Greg Clark

Need to make a clear appeal to schools to prepare pupils for the `manufacturing renaissance’ sought by the EEF, and support them in doing so?
Your Life campaign was a very welcome first step.
Supporting iSTEM+ approach is a practical way to ensure its objectives are met.

Take the lead in persuading companies, charities and philanthropists to back a national programme of investment in our future.

National STEM Centre

Gatsby Foundation:
We believe that private foundations like Gatsby should see part of their role as being, in some sense, a research and development arm of government. The caution needed when handling public funds can make it difficult for government agencies to back higher-risk proposals, even when they have significant potential for public benefit. For this reason we seek to support innovative projects in our education work.

Pool of available expertise

ETEP role
Help us make the case as strong as possible.
Spread the word to others who could help.
Contact CEOs you know.
Persuade Government contacts to support.
Offer to help support schools/clusters.
Suggest what else we should be doing.

We need schools to inspire kids with UK technological achievements
What went wrong?
What's changed?
What should we DO?
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