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Your professional development on this course

We have designed this course with teachers of STEM subjects in mind, to enable you to make real changes in your classroom.
GEMMA: If you are a teacher in secondary or further education, with students aged 11 to 19 years old, then this course is for you. Over the next four weeks you’ll discover how to adapt your curriculum and what you do in the classroom,
to link to careers in STEM subjects: science, design & technology, engineering, computing and mathematics. You’ll start by reviewing your current practice, thinking about where careers learning occurs in your teaching. You’ll spend some time early on understanding your students’ careers needs, an essential step in planning a STEM careers learning journey tailored to them.
NEIL: You will then begin to build into your everyday teaching the small changes that can have a big impact on your students aspirations and careers learning. You’ll hear from other teachers and see classroom footage showing how the curriculum has been linked to what students may do in the future. You will find resources and try out some small changes in your own teaching.
GERARD: Moving on from small changes, you will then explore how you can work closely with employers and local industries to embed careers learning into the curriculum. You will explore different ways that employers can be brought into the classroom and how to put project-based careers learning into practice. All this involves closely working with your departmental colleagues and careers leaders.
GEMMA: As this course focuses on what every teacher can do in their school or college, you will discuss how what you do in the classroom relates to the bigger picture. You’ll look at ways to support students in presenting their careers learning and develop your approach to evidencing careers learning to senior leadership. We look forward to your contributions to the course and seeing how you will take the ideas we present forward into practice, supporting your students to become more aware of the potential of STEM careers and raise their aspirations through an engaging and inspiring curriculum.
As experienced teachers ourselves, we have designed this course with teachers of STEM subjects in mind, to enable you to make real changes in your classroom. Those with responsibility for careers in a school or college setting will find the content relevant and can use this course as the basis for staff training.
With the ever-present need for teachers to become supporters of careers education in the classroom, we hope that this course will serve as both a guide to supporting the Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks and as a support to those wishing to better engage students in STEM-specific learning.
By the end of this course you will have gained ideas for how curriculum learning within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing can be linked to a range of careers and essential skills for employment, seen examples of how schools and colleges are implementing a careers linked curriculum and gained an understanding of the impact that employers can bring to subject specific learning.
We hope that this course will bring a strategic approach to career learning in your curriculum, giving you an overview of how career learning progresses for your classes, year group or subject. In Week 4, you’ll draw upon all the ideas from the course to create a ‘Careers Learning Journey’ showing progression for your chosen class, year group or subject.

Self-audit of your teaching

This self-audit task is for teachers and educators, to help you review your current practice and thinking on careers learning. Setting a development goal and being able to assess your own development is a crucial part of professional practice, so we will be revisiting your responses to the self-audit later.
When completing the self-audit, there are no right or wrong answers. Answer honestly about where you are now, not where you want to be. Your answers will help you to identify what areas of practice you need to focus on the most as you progress through the course.


  1. Access the self-audit task and complete it.
  2. At the end of the survey, click My responses.
  3. Click Download as PDF.
  4. Save the PDF where you will be able to retrieve it to review at the end of the course.


Share your professional development goal in the comments at the bottom of this step. Take a look who has a similar development goal as you, as you may wish to discuss the course content together over the next few weeks.

Course authors

Course authors: Gemma Taylor, Neil Willis and Gerard Liston
Gemma Taylor is the Design and Technology, Engineering and Careers Lead for STEM Learning. Neil Willis is the Education Challenge Project Manager at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and piloted the Gatsby Benchmarks in the North East. Gerard Liston is an Enterprise and Employability Consultant, and has worked with schools and colleges to embed employer engagement as part of Forum Talent Potential. Colleagues at the National STEM Learning Centre have reviewed this course for secondary and FE teachers.
Additional content has been provided by the Skills Builder Partnership, who provide a Framework of essential skills and Principles for building these skills through education.
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