The STEM pipeline model is not working

Katherine Mathieson argues why our current STEM pipeline model just isn’t working and why curiosity is the key...

When I made the decision to stay on and do A levels at school, I had a strong interest in stories and writing but, as the case continues to be, if you want a career in science you have to choose all science-related options.

I would have loved to have done drama or English but I couldn’t – and I have since gone on to do an English A level in later life as a result.

Is it right that children at the age of 16 should feel pressured to select only three or four key subjects that then go on to dictate or limit their higher education options?

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