Schools sought to develop cutting-edge STEM resources


Schools in London are being sought to help pilot cutting-edge teaching materials aimed at ensuring design and technology and STEM education is “relevant and up-to-date”.

They will come in the form of real-world tasks and challenges with accompanying physical resources and will be produced during the next 12 months.

The Design and Technology Association and resource design experts Mindsets have been awarded funding from the Mayor of London’s London Schools Excellence Fund to carry out the work.

It is hoped more than 100 London schools will be able to play a role in developing and trialling the resources, which will be aimed at key stage 3 pupils. CPD for teachers will also be involved.

Schools engaging with the project will be supported up until July 2015 and will become members of a community set up to share ideas and good practice.

The project will also offer support to modify schemes of work in readiness for the new national curriculum in September.

A key aim will be to use the resources to motivate pupils to explore STEM concepts through a range of “real-world” activities and projects.

Andy Mitchell, assistant chief executive of the Design and Technology Association, said: “Some aspects of the subject – particularly the use of high-tech resources, including the use of electronics, are under-developed in most schools.

“This needs to be addressed urgently. This project has great potential to help.”

Schools interested in getting involved should email Emma Watson via



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