STEM subjects are integral to the UK’s success: the UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer, engineering turnover is around £800 billion per year, and whilst the UK makes up only 1% of the world’s population, we produce 10% of the world’s top scientific research. Despite this, it is remarkable to note that even though STEM graduates have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it difficult to recruit STEM skilled staff. And alongside our need for a skilled STEM workforce, it is crucial that all young people, regardless of their future career pathway, have the STEM knowledge and skills they need to be an informed citizen in an increasingly scientific and technological society.
Source: National STEM Centre
STEM at Northfield
At Northfield School & Sports College, the core STEM subjects work to enhance the awareness and importance of key STEM related skills, cross curricular links and future careers in STEM based subjects. In year 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to be part of a STEM club that meets one evening every week. This allows students to enrich their learning experience in core STEM subjects with a view to enhancing their grades and preparing for success at KS4.
Students enjoy the opportunity to attend the club and; design, experiment, test, calculate, make and evaluate a wide range of projects. Local competitions and visits to local STEM facilities are always met with enthusiasm by our dedicated students.