•STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are becoming increasingly important in modern society.
The future of our country’s economy and that of the world’s economy will rely upon the scientists, engineers and those working in technology subjects to continue advancements that will benefit our way of life.
STEM professionals earn a higher mean salary compared to other employees, the engineering sector contributed over 1/4 of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product and engineering enterprises had a turnover of £1.17 trillion in the UK in the last few years. However, 53% of businesses expect difficulty in recruiting STEM-skilled staff, and there is an annual shortfall of 30,000 engineering technicians in the UK. This means that if students do well in the STEM subjects then their chances of employment will be that much greater.
•At Castle View we aim to give every student the chance to progress and succeed in science through a varied curriculum of practical and theory work based around the Key Principles of Particles, Cells, Forces, Energy and Interdependence.
•In year 7 and 8 students will complete short units which build up the basic ideas needed in GCSE but also allow for development of practical and investigative skills. There is a science club after school once a week which gives students a chance to experience science that is not on the curriculum.
•Students who are ‘Ready for GCSE’ in Year 9 will complete some further units which will improve their science skills in investigation and study a short introduction to GCSE. They will then go on to study AQA Double Award Synergy in Year 10 and complete it in Year 11.
- AQA Double Award Synergy