Why the STEM teacher shortage is our problem (and what we can do about it)Online event free
The talent pipeline for engineers has slowed to a trickle. Each year, there is a shortfall of engineers entering the sector because there are not enough Engineering graduates. And there aren’t enough graduates, nor are they diverse enough, because there aren’t enough Engineering students. And there aren’t enough students because there aren’t enough pupils taking feeder A levels – particularly Physics.
And not enough pupils because we have reached crisis point in the availability of Physics teachers. Many school pupils simply can’t choose Physics because there are no teachers – especially in disadvantaged schools.
Unless something is done – and fast – the pipeline will run dry. That will spell disaster for the whole engineering sector – including university departments that will be forced to close or become an outpost almost exclusively for international students.
The solution is for more Engineering graduates to become Physics teachers – even if that means the shortfall into professional engineering becomes even worse in the short term. This is not just about labour shortages – it’s about opportunities for young people and about social justice.
Engineering academics are in a strong position to influence undergraduate students into teaching, which – as academics know – can be a fulfilling and rewarding careers. For our own sake, for the sake of students, for the engineering sector and for the sake of the wider economy, we need to take action.
This event will explore what academics can do and whether it’s their job to do it.
Come along to the webinar and continue the discussion
- Explore the relationship between shortages of engineers and STEM teachers.
- What role does teaching play in solving the shortage of engineers?
- What role should Engineering academics play in solving the shortage of Physics teachers?
- Hear from our expert panel
- Share your views with the DfE, IoP and EPC
This event is especially suitable for
- Academics and other staff with an interest in or responsibility for student outcomes and careers.
- Anyone with an interest in teaching.
- Anyone with an interest in access and social justice.
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