As we progress further into the digital age, the need for an increase in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) expertise is becoming ever more apparent. We are seeing this manifest itself on a global scale with an increase in STEM jobs coinciding with a distinct shortage of specialist skill, whether that be through loss of high skilled workers or untapped pools of talent.
To help address this issue, many countries have implemented their own plans and grassroots initiatives to not only redress the gender imbalance often associated with STEM subjects but also to make learning science and careers in STEM more attractive to young people. The PISA 2015 report demonstrated parity between girls’ and boys’ science results, although when posed attitudinal questions, in some countries the gender imbalance regarding students’ dispositions to science-related careers still remained.
Fortunately, there are measures and strategies schools can adopt to help identify and nurture their students’ potential. The Al Alfi Foundation in Egypt, for example, has placed a huge emphasis on identifying gifted and talented students in STEM subjects using cognitive ability testing. This, however, is just one example. Throughout our report, experts talk about a range of measures and strategies that schools can adopt to identify these ‘hidden talents’ and ensure their potential isn’t overlooked.
The importance of developing children's skills of self-regulation, and shares her strategies for how to do this
The importance of maintaining a focus on literacy within the curriculum has never been far away from the government’s agenda and anyone working within education would agree that developing strong literacy skills are key to a student’s success, particularly as external examinations consist of written papers.
GL Assessment has today published a termly, standardised spelling test which is designed to help teachers measure their pupils’ spelling skills against a national benchmark. The first digital, adaptive spelling test of its kind, the New Group Spelling Test is designed for pupils aged 6 – 14 years and is suitable for use on a PC or tablet.