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Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths

Our Academy specialises in the STEM subjects and with Caterpillar as one of our Academy sponsors, we are also a centre of excellence for the development and delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths combined activities. The UK engineering and science industries contributed 27.1% of the UK's Gross Domestic Product amounting to £455.6 billion. It is estimated that approximately 182,000 people with engineering skills will be required each year up to 2022 and the government has committed to creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Our STEM scholarships, sponsored by the Deacon’s School Trust and Caterpillar, will help our students fulfil this need.

In 2008 the government launched a campaign to encourage more pupils to take Maths,Technology and Science A-Levels. At the heart of this initiative is the need to improve the quality of Science,Technology  Engineering and Maths skills possessed by our young people.

We still need Scientists, Engineers, Mathmaticians and Technologists with skills in all of these areas. STEM is as important now as it was then and the need for STEM skills continues to increase. This is why, at Thomas Deacon Academy we promote STEM opportunities and subjects and strive for excellence in these areas.

  • Skilled trades workers, engineers and technicians are the most in-demand jobs globally

  • 53% of businesses expect difficulty in recruiting STEM-skilled staff in the next three years

  • Ofsted found that the most effective way of raising achievment in science is through practical-based investigation 

STEM skills are critical to the future of this country and they make students more marketable and able to contribute effectively to the future

 Why STEM 2020

STEM 2020 means that we understand why, in the next few years, the world will need more people with STEM skills. This is our way of ensuring that all of our students are STEM literate and can see the importance of studying STEM subjects

The 2020 Plan

  • Years 3-6 - Crest Star, Crest Superstar and Crest Megastar Challenges

  • Year 7 - All students will complete a STEM Space Project leading to a Bronze Crest Award

  • A group of students will be selected using CAT4 tests to be STEM Scholars. They will follow a STEM based programme which allows them to fully develop STEM skills in the context of Science, Maths, Technology and ICT lessons. It will be delivered using a more practical problem solving approach. Students will take part in a wide variety of visits to industry and other relevant places to immerse them in real world STEM and will be entered for National Competitions to develop their enthusiasm and world experience.

  • Year 8 - All students will participate in a cross-curricular project called Futures which is STEM based

  • The STEM scholars will continue into Year 8

  • Year 9 - All students will be considered for a STEM scholarship and a cohort of 60-80 will be selected. These students will be given an opportunity to take part in a STEM workshop and will learn about STEM and associated career opportunities. From this group a smaller cohort of 10-20 will be selected to be the STEM Ambassadors. They will be developed into a team of students and will be mentored from this point.

  • Year 10/11 - We will work with STEM Ambassadors and support them with opportunities such as the Big Bang and other events which support STEM

  • Year 12/13 - We will host a promotional event and select a cohort of STEM Ambassadors who will support students throughout the Academy. They will receive invitations to STEM events and given opportunities to develop in STEM .

Whole School:

  • We will host a TDA STEM Big Bang event to promote STEM across the school.

  • Students in Year 12/13 will be encouraged to enter for the Gold Crest Award.

  • From Year 7 onwards we will develop a `Women in STEM` group with support from Loughborough Gold

  • We will encourage competition on a local and National level in STEM

  • We will look at and take up as many opportunities for STEM enrichment across the school as possible

Useful Links

http://www.stemnet.org.uk

http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk

http://www.engineeringuk.com/Research/At-a-glance-2016/

For further details please contact

01733 426060
sara-jane.hope@thomasdeaconacademy.com