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by Peter Urpeth
12 April 2019
Inquiry launched in bid to boost early years STEM education

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Inquiry launched in bid to boost early years STEM education

A new inquiry into the teaching of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in early years and childcare education has been announced by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills committee. 
The inquiry will explore how STEM subjects are currently included in the “learning experiences” of 3-7 year olds, and will look at how this increases the career choices of young people.

In addition, the committee’s inquiry will explore whether teachers “have the skills, confidence and resources” to teach STEM subjects alongside other areas in the curriculum, and the barriers to success for school-based initiatives.
Committee convener Clare Adamson MSP said: “There is little doubt about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths in early years education.
“Our young people are natural engineers. Their enthusiasm for how things work and solving problems peaks at a young age, and their perceptions of what future disciplines or careers could be for them becomes set at a young age. So, our inquiry will explore how from this early age we can create a lasting legacy of STEM skills in Scotland.
“To help us, we want to hear from those who have experience of STEM in early years education, as well as those who have been involved in promoting and supporting this work.”

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