March 20th 2018 | Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh

About the event

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In March 2017 the Scottish Government launched a consultation on their strategy to boost STEM education and uptake. At the heart of this strategy is a commitment to raising attainment through an improved enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to encouraging the uptake of specialist STEM skills to mitigate existing skills shortages. There is a strong foundation to build on and ideas for improvement, and with the strategy due at the end of 2017 it is time to review where we are one year on.

The importance of STEM subjects for Scotland is undeniable, with the country’s potential lying in a highly skilled and adaptable workforce. It is essential to equip coming generations with the skills to drive forwards the economy and the digital literacy to remain relevant in an increasingly automated industrial landscape. Central to this is the need to explore perceptions and assumptions surrounding these subjects and highlight their place as embedded features of our everyday lives with careers far outreaching the prescriptive image of men in boiler suits.

Join Holyrood on March 20th as we examine key issues for the future of STEM in Scotland. Sessions will take a comprehensive view of the STEM education landscape from early years through enthusiasm to career as well as exploring key issues for provision, such as low STEM teacher numbers creating a cycle of limited science capital. Secure a place and share learning on existing good practice and the socio-economic benefits of raising attainment to drive forward the Scottish economy.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Headteachers/Deputy Headteachers
  • Heads of science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects
  • Senior educators
  • Directors of Education
  • FE/HE Academics
  • Trade Associations and representative bodies
  • Industry