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MPs Debate Feminism in the School Curriculum: STEM Ambassador Programme, Big Bang Near Me & Engineering UK Commended
On Monday 11 January 2016 MPs debated feminism in the school curriculum. Minister for Schools Mr Nick Gibb commended the STEM Ambassador Programme, Engineering UK and their delivery of Big Bang Near Me events. 40% of STEM Ambassadors are women and Regional Big Bang Fairs reached more than 100,000 young people in 2015, half of whom were girls.
Mr Gibb: “We are funding programmes such as the Stimulating Physics network and the Further Mathematics Support programme to support schools to increase take-up of maths and physics A-levels, with a particular focus on engaging more girls. The national network of maths hubs is also leading a national project aimed at increasing participation among post-16 students in A-level mathematics and further mathematics courses, and other level 3 courses, such as core maths. In this context, many hubs are exploring ways of increasing the proportion of girls studying maths at this level and beyond.
The STEM ambassadors programme raises awareness among children of the range of careers that science can offer. It is worth noting that 40% of the 31,000 STEM ambassadors are women. We funded Engineering UK to deliver a programme of Big Bang Near Me activities—local versions of the national Big Bang fair—that reached more than 100,000 young people, half of whom were girls, in 2015.”
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