Boeing and the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a major new partnership at the end of 2016 that will help improve UK school pupils’ experience of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in up to 40 state maintained secondary schools across the UK. The partnership will enable the Academy to recruit four specialist STEM teachers over 2017-18 to work in up to 40 schools to support STEM teachers in delivering an engaging and inspiring curriculum. The specialist teachers will form part of the Academy’s highly-successful Connecting STEM Teachers programme established in 2011 and currently active in 550 schools across the UK.
The programme aims to create a national network of support for teachers across all STEM subjects, ensuring they have the knowledge and confidence to engage a greater number and wider spectrum of school students with STEM. Boeing will also support the development of high quality STEM teaching and learning resources for use across the Connecting STEM Teachers network, available in mid-2017.
Central to the continued success of the Connecting STEM Teachers programme is the work of the Academy’s Teacher Coordinators (TCs) who lead support networks for local STEM teachers across the UK.
The TCs are experienced teachers of STEM subjects whose core responsibilities are to:
- disseminate free training and learning resources to local STEM teachers
- provide networking opportunities for teachers
- lead enhanced learning opportunities for pupils
- promote collaboration between STEM teachers
- help to develop STEM learning resources
As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) brings together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. The RAEng provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business and take a lead on engineering education and well as investing in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation.
The RAEng works with corporate partners to tackle 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