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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds JOHN HOLMAN: I’ve got three pieces of final advice for teachers. The first is that the curriculum must be the driver. And your job is to teach the science and maths and technology curriculum, and teach it well. But you can do that by linking it to careers. It’s part of teaching well. But don’t be deflected from the curriculum that you are delivering. My second piece of advice is start small and build up. Don’t feel that you’ve got to immediately be putting careers into every single lesson. You can’t do it. Some lessons are theoretical. Start small. Start with one lesson. Start with a starter for one lesson. And then feel the success. And build out from there.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds So my third point is about collaboration. Collaborate with your colleagues because they are a great source of ideas. And you’ll be a great source of ideas for them. Borrow shamelessly. Share ideas of how you can link curriculum learning to careers. But bring your careers leader into it as well. Every school has a careers leader. Colleges may have more than one person leading on careers. They will be very pleased to hear how you, in practice, are meeting benchmark four by linking curriculum learning to careers. Tell them about it. They will be able to spread your ideas around and make it part of a whole school enterprise.

Final advice and next steps

Congratulations on completing the Linking curriculum learning to STEM careers online course. This course was created to support the teaching of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum that engages students in real world learning, through contextualised teaching examples, employer linked curriculum experiences and identified career links in classroom teaching.

As well an increasing your knowledge of the wider careers agenda in education, and gaining ideas for how to introduce career linked content into your curriculum, we hope that you now have the knowledge and confidence take forward your lesson planning and Careers Learning Journey, creating a career linked curriculum for your subject.

Embedding this approach will take time, and involve collaboration with colleagues and your Careers Leader. Try to encourage others to enter onto this journey with you, careers education is a job for everyone in school and college but if done right, the impact that it can have on students can be life changing.

Supporting resources for this course, ideas for how to embed careers in your STEM subjects and case studies of STEM employment are available on the STEM Learning Careers website.

In our final video above, Sir John Holman provides three pieces of advice as you continue developing your approach to curriculum-linked careers learning.

Recognition from STEM Learning

If you have successfully completed the course and earned a certificate (either through upgrading or perhaps you have an have an Unlimited subscription), you can get recognition from STEM Learning for your professional development on this course. STEM Certificates digital badges give you a place to present your CPD with STEM Learning, showing the outcomes of courses and time spent on your professional development. Simply send a digital copy of your FutureLearn certificate as proof of completion to awards@stem.org.uk. You will need a free STEM Learning account before you submit proof of completion. We are unable to accept any other form of evidence of completion of the course.

Taking your professional development further

Watch the video below to learn about the STEM Learning Impact Journey: our approach to supporting your continuing professional development as a teacher, teaching assistant or technician.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

STEM Learning provides high-impact, bursary-supported, residential CPD, local CPD through Science Learning Partnerships and development pathways through our online CPD.

If you have found this course useful to your own practice, we would strongly encourage you to adopt a peer leadership role and support your colleagues through the next run of this course. You can develop a departmental or school approach to curriculum-linked careers learning that will really make a difference to your students.

The following documents will help you plan for group professional development in your school:

If you are in the UK, our network of STEM Ambassador Hubs will be able to support you in working with employers. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers in STEM careers who can share their experiences and work with you to develop curriculum-linked activities.

For continued access to this course, you can Upgrade your enrolment.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this CPD and look forward to you joining us again online or face-to-face.

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