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Executive Principal discusses STEM hub excellence

Last week, Joanne Harper, Executive Principal of UTC Reading, UTC Swindon and Heathrow UTC, had an article published in the ‘Guide to STEM’ supplement in TES magazine.

In the article, ‘Use your local UTC as a resource for STEM’, Joanne discusses how UTCs shouldn’t be seen as a threat to the more traditional schools, but rather as an opportunity for collaboration for those wishing to embrace STEM subjects. She explains how UTC Reading has been working hard to create a STEM hub: ‘We invited all of our industry partners along to the hub, and we invited all of the primary and secondary schools in Reading as well.’ She details the benefits this has had for both schools and firms, as it enables a structured platform for them to network.

The article gives some great examples of some of the bespoke activities that the STEM hub offers to many primary schools. Joanne comments: “This age group is especially important in gaining girls’ interest in STEM careers.” The hub has also set up talks, inviting those involved in STEM professions to inspire secondary school students to start thinking about these types of careers.

Joanne continues, ‘We urgently need to help foster more of these relationships between schools and industry to help tackle the existing skills gap’. With UTCs being ‘experts in this area’, they can therefore play a key role in helping a school to adjust its’ curriculum in order to tackle this gap.

The full article is available for TES subscribers only here. ‚Äč

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