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Consultation on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the Education and Training Foundation

Principal focus of the project

The aim of the consultation was to gain an understanding of the challenges facing the further education and skills sector around provision of STEM subjects, and what support the ETF should aim to provide in the light of this

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The key findings of the consultation included the existence of a range of challenges, including decreases in funding and associated lack of staff time, difficulties in engaging with employers, reduced demand for STEM vocational courses and apprenticeships, changes to A-levels and vocational courses and the reform of apprenticeships, and a significant degree of variability in the mathematics skills and practical abilities of the FE sector's intake of students

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Suzanne Straw - NFER


This is a summary of the findings of a consultation conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) for ETF into the nature of provision of STEM subjects in further education

Resource Type: Research report