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STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a key priority for Curriculum for Excellence. Through developments in learning and teaching and support for leadership, Curriculum for Excellence is enabling new and exciting opportunities to make school STEM education stimulating and relevant for all pupils, often in partnership with local colleges, universities and employers championing the importance and diversity of STEM education and learning for success in life and work in line with the aims of the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.

STEM Strategy                       

The Government’s draft STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland seeks to build Scotland’s STEM talent and capability for the benefit of all children, young people and adults as well as addressing STEM skills gaps in the labour market.  It brings together, for the first time, all of our education, training and lifelong learning activities within a single framework. 


A consultation on the STEM Strategy opened on 8 November 2016 and closed on 31 January 2017, with nearly 200 responses having been received.  An analysis of the responses was published on 21 March and details of those who responded to the Strategy consultation may be found here


In addition to the Consultation, reports have been published detailing evidence gathered by Young Scot and Children in Scotland on the views of STEM education and related matters from children and young people. 

Next Steps

We intend to publish the final STEM Strategy later in the year. If you wish to contact the Scottish Government STEM Policy Team then you can do so at learningcommunications@scotland.gsi.gov.uk