Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a key priority for Curriculum for Excellence. Through changes in learning and teaching and support for leadership, Curriculum for Excellence will bring new and exciting opportunities to make school science education stimulating and exciting for all pupils.
Science & Engineering 21 - An Action Plan for Education aims to develop the teaching of science within Curriculum for Excellence, improve learner engagement with and achievement in science, and also to develop public understanding and awareness of science, both in terms of the big issues we face and as a career option. This action plan builds on themes which emerged from two events in 2009 - the Science Engagement Forum and the School Science Summit, attended by teachers, academics, educationalists, and business representatives.
Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group (SEEAG)
The implementation of Science & Engineering 21 - An Action Plan for Education was taken forward by an Advisory Group, chaired by the former Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Anne Glover.
The Scottish Government’s response to the report of the Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group (SEEAG) highlighted a series of priorities for science education including developing the confidence and expertise of science teachers, helping to ensure pupil experience of science is inspiring, and raising awareness of pathways into STEM careers.
A new independent group, STEMEC, has been formed to take forward work arising from the SEEAG report, and to improve STEM education and learning in Scotland’s schools.