As St Patrick's NS recently achieved an award for STEM excellence, we were particularly interested to note a recent announcement in this area of national education policy development.
The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has announced its commencement of engagement in consultation with stakeholders to develop and implement a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education Policy Statement for schools. This DES work in being informed by the STEM Education in the Irish System Report, which was published by the STEM Education Review Group in November 2016.
The Minister has said that the promotion of STEM within our education system is a key priority for the Department, and is reflected in multiple strategy documents, such as the Action Plan for Education, the National Skills Strategy 2015 and the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020.
The Department of Education and Skills is now gathering the views of stakeholders in developing the STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan and is inviting stakeholders to download the discussion document and to share views with the DES in relation to the actions statements presented.
STEM Education Discussion Document Paper - submissions
To assist the DES in drafting the STEM Education Policy Statement, stakeholders are invited to share their views on proposed actions and how these might best be implemented within the system.
To access the survey, click on this online survey link to share your views with the DES in relation to the actions statements presented.