The Department for Education (DfE) has published the findings of a study into attitudes to STEM subjects at KS4. The report finds that “there were significant gendered differences in attitudes towards STEM subjects among KS4 pupils” The full findings of the study are available to access here.
In 2017, the DfE’s published its Careers Strategy which highlights evidence that strong careers guidance has the potential to tackle gender and socio-economic stereotypes and barriers, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are less likely to receive high quality advice or know the right qualifications.
Governing boards of all schools may wish to ask their senior executive leader questions about how all children learn about the world of work and what is being done to challenge stereotypes and broaden horizons. NGA has written a guide for governors and trustees on careers guidance which sets out the duties of the governing boards of primary and secondary schools in the context of the broader aims of the government’s Careers Strategy, alongside the key resources, sources of information and data to consider when monitoring the provision and quality of careers guidance at your school(s).