Working in partnership with schools
Engaging with schools has a number of benefits for pupils and also brings rewards for your business and your industry. It also gives you access to a talent pipeline and increases motivation in your workforce as a result of interaction with young people.
Before you start, think about:
- The needs of the school – you need to speak to the school first to make sure you pitch your proposed activities at the right level and link to the formal school curriculum
- Consider how to make the learning more than just a one-off event. Can it be sustained year on year?
- Making learning the focus – consider what the pupils (and teachers) will learn about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in your industry. Does it increase enthusiasm for your industry? Does it need small groups or one large group, or teachers? How can you maintain momentum over the school term or year?
- What about direct employment from schools − can you work with local schools to increase direct employment by supporting skills development within the school?
There are many existing STEM challenges and projects that schools can take part in. If you don’t have the resource to develop your own, you could use them.
If you'd like advice contact Scott Bryce, STEM Education Support Officer at SSERC via email. You can read more about contextual learning and the curriculum below.
If you're ready to take the next step, find out how to get involved.
Learning in context
These websites will give you ideas for learning experiences and help you to understand the Curriculum For Excellence.