Linking Curriculum Learning to STEM Careers

Discover how to adapt your curriculum to link to careers in science, design & technology, engineering, computing and mathematics.

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Linking curriculum learning to careers
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How will you develop your students' career aspirations?

Enhance your role as a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) subject teacher by linking curriculum learning to careers. Through weekly tasks, you will identify how to adapt your STEM curriculum, bring in real-world contexts, work with STEM professionals and engage your students in careers linked to their classroom learning.

Learn from experienced educators who have adapted their teaching, worked with employers and collaborated with local STEM Ambassadors to create a careers-linked curriculum that both engages and inspires students within the STEM subjects.

Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds GEMMA TAYLOR: As a teacher, you want your students to share your enthusiasm for your subject. Making you subject real and embedding how the curriculum links to future careers will raise your students’ aspirations and help them connect their learning to their career interests.

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds SPEAKER 1: I think there’s a great opportunity for teachers to find themselves enhancing their lessons and helping young people with their future aspirations. It’s not just an add on or something that’s done by one or two specialists down the corridor somewhere. Everybody’s involved in that process.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds GEMMA TAYLOR: In this course, you will draw upon examples of effective careers learning, discover curriculum-linked careers resources, and hear from teachers who have embedded careers learning in their teaching.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds SPEAKER 2: It’s not redesigning the whole lesson. It’s just putting a spin on that lesson that you’re learning.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds SPEAKER 3: The value of getting employers to come in is just one word, experience. I teach what is limited, in terms of other careers and other professions. So get the experience in.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds GEMMA TAYLOR: Over four weeks, you will explore your students’ careers needs, make small changes to your teaching, discover the value of working with employers, and support your students in evidencing their careers learning. Throughout the course, you’ll be building a STEM careers learning journey tailored to your subject, your students, and your school or college.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds SPEAKER 4: We’ve put real purpose and context into learning. It’s created a window into the world of work.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds SPEAKER 5: So if you can actually put it in context, pupils are going to relate to it to a higher standard. They’re more likely to actually remember it and get better GCSE marks.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds SPEAKER 6: Students’ enthusiasm does increase.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds SPEAKER 7: It’s a win-win situation.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 seconds GEMMA TAYLOR: Join us online to engage, inspire, and empower your students with a careers rich curriculum.

What topics will you cover?

  • Approaches for reviewing current practice, understanding your students’ careers need and planning a STEM careers learning journey.
  • Adapting your teaching with careers resources to motivate and inspire your students.
  • Engaging with local employers to both raise your students’ aspirations and develop your knowledge about STEM careers.
  • The wider context of your school or college and the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage students through linking STEM curriculum learning with careers, providing a real-life understanding of your subject and its relevance in future career paths.
  • Develop meaningful encounters for students with employers, linked to the teaching of your STEM subject.
  • Improve your curriculum content by applying a STEM careers learning journey approach.
  • Evaluate the impact of linking curriculum learning to careers contribute to discussions about careers education in your school or college.

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for both secondary teachers and further education lecturers, with case studies and specific activities for each sector. This course is for all teachers, to enable you to embed careers learning in your classroom teaching. It is not a careers leadership course, however careers leads may find this course useful to support school and college strategies.

Our focus is on the UK STEM sector, however, we will be presenting the need for skilled work in STEM careers, reference the practise of employers through STEM volunteers, and approaches equally applicable to other countries.

Who will you learn with?

I am the D&T, Engineering and Careers lead for STEM Learning UK. I started my career in industry as an engineer, then moved into teaching secondary D&T and Engineering.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

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