Next week is British Science Week and, as a scientist myself, I am keen to highlight the diversity of the STEM workforce, the broad range of jobs and careers available, and that scientists are just like other people. I worked as a research scientist in industry for 15 years before joining the teaching profession and the opportunities and experiences it gave me were amazing.
When asked what a scientist looks like most people envisage an Albert Einstein figure in a lab coat but the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors are so much more diverse than this stereotype suggests. There are people working in a huge variety of environments and from many different backgrounds, who have taken various pathways into their career. Not only that, but the jobs people do and the ways that they work as a scientist are incredibly broad and diverse.
I would encourage you to have a look at the stories from some amazing science superstars at the Smashing Stereotypes campaign: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/smashing-stereotypes/ There are a number of activities taking place next week to celebrate British Science Week at Stratton which we hope will motivate and inspire our students to consider careers in the STEM industries.
I would like to remind parents of Year 9 that next Thursday 12th March is the Subject Parents’ Evening which is the crucial final step in the information, advice and guidance we give to support students making their GCSE option choices. We look forward to welcoming you on the evening and a reminder that signed option choice forms are due back with tutors by Wednesday 18th March.
Ms Roz Hodges