Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondNEIL: As you move through this week you will explore some first steps to incorporating curriculum-linked careers learning into your teaching practice. To start, you’ll build some foundations by drawing upon guidance and resources we’ve selected for you. From there, we will feed in the expertise of teachers, employers and supporting organisations that each have their own experiences of building a careers linked curriculum in STEM subjects. A study by the Office for National Statistics asked students about the careers they wanted, and their actual career 6 years later. The findings have significant implications about the way we talk about careers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsLess than one in 50 were in the career they initially wanted, but this is more about awareness of careers than students not meeting their original aspirations. Nick Chambers, chief executive of the Education and Employers charity commented that young people's ambitions were often defined by the limited range of jobs they knew about, in his words "You can’t be it, if you can’t see it." The small changes we consider this week are driven by purpose and context for learning, and in doing so we allow more students to "see" the possibilities available to them.

Small changes to your teaching

If students are not aware of the careers that are out there, their aspirations are limited to the jobs they know about. As we move through this week, we will explore some quick ways to incorporate curriculum-linked careers learning into your scheme of work and broaden your students’ experience of STEM careers.


By the end of the week you will have begun to incorporate curriculum linked careers learning into a section of your scheme of work.

For now, have a look at your scheme of work and choose one topic area that you would like to make small changes to. You may find it useful to choose a topic that is coming up in your teaching, so you can try approaches out during the course whilst supported by mentors and other learners.

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Linking Curriculum Learning to STEM Careers

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