Entering its 8th year the Go4SET scheme continues to move from strength to strength. By engaging young people in a 10 week project that involves hands on activities and industry visits, the aim is to inspire and increase the number of young people choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in order to pursue a related career.
One school in particular, Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford Green, have worked with the scheme for the last 6 years, not only embracing the concept but have developed the programme to a new level. Javed Shujaat, STEM Coordinator at Trinity Catholic High School and recent recipient of EDT’s Regional Teachers Award for contribution to STEM is the main driver behind the working relationship.
In 2008 Trinity was identified by the Department for Education as a worthy recipient for funding to become a ‘STEM Pathfinder School’. An initiative from the National STEM Centre, aimed to enable and support networks of specialist schools to design, deliver and integrate STEM activities across their school. As a result of this initiative Trinity discovered the Go4SET scheme and chose to trial this as a one of their activities to promote STEM.
The inclusive activities that Go4SET offer provided the solution to the ‘personal learning’ and ‘thinking skills’ development which Trinity wished to improve on. As things progressed Trinity wanted to further develop their cross curricular learning, which lead them to become the first and only school to run the Go4SET programme across an entire year group. 6 years later over 1,200 Trinity students have participated within the scheme, with one team entering both the regional and national finals of The Big Bang in 2010.
As a result of being involved with Go4SET for a number of years, Trinity has seen an increased uptake of STEM subjects at GCSE and post-16 education, leading to better qualified students pursuing undergraduate careers. Teaching of STEM subjects has also seen a vast improvement, with the interlinking of supporting teachers resulting in a greater understanding of each subject and CPD for the teachers involved.
Javed has been extremely impressed with the support offered and the programme content. “Go4SET increases student's confidence in problem-solving within real life contexts, whilst improving team-working and communication skills. Opportunities to work closely with industrial mentors and attend industrial visits give students positive and fun STEM experiences. Students develop a more coherent understanding of the links between STEM subjects and how they impact upon other areas of the curriculum. We have also experience an enrichment of the teaching and awareness of STEM learning across the curriculum through these enrichment activities resulting in a more cohesive way of working between the subject teachers."
Would you like to encourage a more cohesive way of working amongst your STEM departments? Why not drive the enthusiasm and passion of STEM to both teachers and young people through Go4SET, find out more here.