STEM Leaders is our new learning programme for learners aged 11-16 years that provides them opportunities to develop their skills through their interest and appetite for science, technology, engineering and maths.

Inspire the STEM Leaders of the future by igniting their passion for the subject.

STEM subjects are more in-demand than ever before, with increasing numbers of learners looking to build their skills and lay the foundations for future careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Developed in partnership with the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), STEM Leaders encourages learners to inspire, lead and mentor their peers through the creation and delivery of STEM activities, events and interactions within their schools, communities or youth groups.

The programme, which is a pilot for 2021/22, fuels their curiosity for STEM subjects and encourages them to develop their studies in this field, perhaps even eventually leading to a career in STEM. It builds on the work of SSERC to create Young STEM Leaders for pupils in Scotland, bringing the same focus and learning opportunities to students in England.

STEM Leaders brings together the benefits of our experience in creating and delivering Qualifications that develop learners’ abilities in five key skills: Teamwork, Communication, Self-Belief, Self-Management and Problem Solving. Adding these skills to the academic foundations found in STEM subjects provides learners with the perfect platform to further their studies beyond school or embark on a career in STEM

And all Centres delivering our qualifications have access to Skills Tracker, our online application for measuring and monitoring learners’ confidence in their skills throughout their courses.

How does it work?

Throughout the programme, STEM Leaders create, plan and deliver STEM activities, events or interactions for other people – this could be STEM clubs and events for other young people or one-to-one interactions.

As they work through their studies, learners record their progress in an evidence log, making the process similar to completing a Learner Evidence Record in our other Qualifications. As the complete the different units required to show their progress, they receive digital badges to showcase their newly-developed abilities.

On completion of the programme, learners receive a qualification, providing recognition for their skills and abilities.

Check out these videos for more of an idea of how the programme might impact learners and tutors - these short films were created by SSERC for the original Young STEM Leader programme in Scotland, on which STEM Leaders in England is based.

How do I get involved?

STEM Leaders will be available to learners in England in 2021/22, initially as part of a pilot programme. It is aimed at pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4, aged 11-16.

Click the link below to register your interest in delivering STEM Leaders as part of the pilot programme.  

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