72% of primary teachers say pressures to teach full curriculum are fuelling a decline in engagement with STEM subjects – new research

Children’s love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is on the decline, with interest in Science amongst 9-12 year olds falling 10%, Design and Technology down 12% and ICT / Computing falling furthest at 14% over the last four years, new research uncovers. Politics Home reports.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) poll, which also surveyed primary and secondary teachers’ perceptions of STEM education, also found that time pressures of having to teach the full curriculum was the biggest obstacle in engaging pupils in STEM subjects (72% of primary and 63% of secondary teachers) which could be linked to the decline.

More than half of primary school teachers (57%) also reported poor resources as a factor, whereas class distractions (42%) and a lack of pupil interest (42%) provide the biggest difficulties for secondary teachers.

David Lakin, IET Head of Education, said: “After parents, teachers are the next major influence of children, especially at primary age, where the presence of an inspirational teacher can set up patterns for life. It’s crucial schools engage children in STEM at a young age but we’ve discovered a lack of resource and mounting time pressures present huge difficulties in achieving this. It is concerning to see a 10% drop in children’s interests in Science and one we have to turn around if we are to secure the next generation of engineers and technologists.”

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  1. anne odling-smee

    We must give pupils the tools to explore and learn. But please not cram them incessantly !you cannot cover everything. They have a lifetime ahead. Give them keys and time to reflect .Attitude. Skills. Knowledge in that order.

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