S: Science
T: Technology
E: Engineering
M: Mathematics
Given the global market challenges facing the Northern Ireland economy and in particular its science and technology based industries, the place of STEM within the education system will become increasingly important in the years ahead. This, however, sits against a backdrop of reducing student numbers choosing key STEM subjects, issues around teacher supply, a comparative lack of integration amongst the components of STEM and a need to better develop the links between schools, further education and industry, particularly in respect of careers guidance. Since these are issues which are echoed across much of Europe and the USA, the opportunity is there for any country which can reverse these trends to gain a competitive advantage.
It is our intentions, over the incoming year, to increase the awareness of STEM subjects within all departments in St. Benedict's, and with pupils and the wider community.