Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2016
The growing consensus that business should get more involved in education was highlighted by the government’s recent white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’. This publication highlights areas of particular need, and our team of education experts have shared the key insights for organisations looking to build their involvement with schools and young people.
Here’s what you need to know:
The government wants to address the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related careers by increasing the number of girls studying science and maths by 20% during this Parliament. Campaigns like Your Life will show young people the exciting career opportunities unlocked by studying STEM subjects.
A strategy for improved careers provision is to be published later this year. The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, recently outlined the government’s vision, with business-school partnerships high on the agenda. You can read more here.
Character-building and ‘British values’ are also in the spotlight: teaching perseverance, ‘bounce back’ after failure and collaboration with others will be encouraged as part of government support for schools including:
- Providing funding for 25% of secondary schools to expand their school day and incorporate character-building activities like sports, arts and debating
- Expanding the National Citizen Service, a life-changing programme aimed at helping children of all backgrounds benefit from character education
- Reviewing the national curriculum’s citizenship programme of study
If you would like to about the impact of the white paper on your organisation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.