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£1.5m for STEM subjects

Published: 9 Mar 2016 10:06
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Science, technology, engineering and maths in schools to get funding boost.

£1.5 million is to be invested into Scotland-wide initiatives to boost the delivery of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in primary and secondary schools. .

The funding will support schools to deliver STEM learning in the classroom, including:

Better equipping science and technology teachers through training programmes and classroom resources provided by SSERC (Scottish Schools Education Research Centre)

Boosting primary science learning through local primary science mentoring schemes

Teaching resources and support for local maths champions to help encourage mathematics professional learning.

Education Secretary Angela Constance confirmed the funding while visiting Langside Primary School in Glasgow, which will benefit from SSERC's primary science programme.

The funding is in addition to on-going work across schools, including the Making Maths Count programme which is promoting enthusiasm and confidence in maths, and teaching resources provided by Education Scotland.

Ms Constance said:

"We recognise the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths education in equipping young people with vital knowledge and skills, which is why we are announcing an investment of £1.5m for the teaching of these subjects in 2016/17.

"This underlines the Scottish Government's commitment to support the delivery of STEM teaching and learning in schools and improve educational attainment and the life chances of young people. We want to build on current successes and ensure STEM education helps develop skills for learning, life and work for all young people – girls and boys alike.

"I'm delighted to announce this funding will be supporting Scotland-wide programmes to boost maths and science learning in primary schools. I hope the programmes benefiting will encourage more of our young people to take an interest in maths and science, especially girls, that will continue as they proceed through their education and into their working lives."