Our Academy specialises in the STEM subjects and with Caterpillar as one of our Academy sponsors, we are also a centre of excellence for the development and delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths combined activities. The UK engineering and science industries contributed 27.1% of the UK's Gross Domestic Product amounting to £455.6 billion. It is estimated that approximately 182,000 people with engineering skills will be required each year up to 2022 and the government has committed to creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Our STEM scholarships, sponsored by the Thomas Deacon Foundation and Caterpillar, will help our students fulfil this need.
In 2008 the government launched a campaign to encourage more pupils to take Maths,Technology and Science A-Levels. At the heart of this initiative is the need to improve the quality of Science,Technology Engineering and Maths skills possessed by our young people.
We still need Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians and Technologists with skills in all of these areas. STEM is as important now as it was then and the need for STEM skills continues to increase. This is why, at Thomas Deacon Academy we promote STEM opportunities and subjects and strive for excellence in these areas.
Skilled trades workers, engineers and technicians are the most in-demand jobs globally
53% of businesses expect difficulty in recruiting STEM-skilled staff in the next three years
Ofsted found that the most effective way of raising achievement in science is through practical-based investigation
STEM skills are critical to the future of this country and they make students more marketable and able to contribute effectively to the future
Why STEM 2020
STEM 2020 means that we understand why, in the next few years, the world will need more people with STEM skills. This is our way of ensuring that all of our students are STEM literate and can see the importance of studying STEM subjects
The 2020 Plan
Years 3-6 - Crest Star, Crest Superstar and Crest Megastar Challenges
Year 7 - All students will complete a STEM Space Project leading to a Bronze Crest Award.
Year 8 Pupil premium students will participate in a cross-curricular STEM based project.
Year 10/11 - We will work with STEM Ambassadors and support them with opportunities such as the Big Bang and other events which support STEM
Year 11 to Year 13 will be invited to be STEM Leaders, supporting our KS3 & Junior students in a range of STEM based subject.
Year 12/13 - We will host a promotional event and select a cohort of STEM Ambassadors who will support students throughout the Academy. They will receive invitations to STEM events and given opportunities to develop in STEM .
We will host a TDA STEM Big Bang event to promote STEM across the school.
Students in Year 12/13 will be encouraged to enter for the Gold Crest Award
We will encourage competition on a local and National level in STEM
We will look at and take up as many opportunities for STEM enrichment across the school as possible
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