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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

The inequalities in our education system are most acute in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

62% of students eligible for free school meals fail to achieve a science GCSE at grade A*-C and 58% fail to achieve this in mathematics. Without teachers who can ignite their enthusiasm, pupils studying these subjects have less of a chance of fulfilling their potential.

Schools face real challenges recruiting teachers for these subjects, and this is where we see the greatest demand. By joining us as a STEM teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to inspire a generation with your passion for your subject, as well as enhance your own employability by developing leadership skills and experience.


Why are these subjects so significant?

The UK economy is increasingly focused on research and technology, and needs people with the capabilities that STEM qualifications provide. Each year the UK is short of 40,000 STEM graduates and the difficulty in recruiting these individuals is felt by 95% of graduate employers. 

Why teach a STEM subject?

These subjects can create a really exciting atmosphere in the classroom. When pupils can get out their seats, onto their feet and experiment with what’s around them – they’re learning and they’re having fun, and so will you. 

Our STEM ambassadors (those that have completed the two-year Leadership Development Programme) have gone on to address educational inequality in a number of ways, from leadership in the classroom, to joining partner organisations such as Rolls Royce and Google, or through setting up their own social enterprises to expand their reach.

Meet one of our science teachers

Claudenia Williams joined the Leadership Development Programme in 2012, having never considered teaching as a career choice before. She tells us what made her change her mind about becoming a science teacher, as well as what she loves about the job. 


Visit the Our people page to find out more about life as a STEM teacher and those that have gone on to pursue successful careers outside the classroom.

Application and selection

If you currently hold or are pursuing a STEM-related degree or A-levels, you may qualify to teach one of these subjects. We will actively support you in accessing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programme to develop your existing knowledge. This can benefit you, your school and of course, your pupils. 

Find out more about our basic requirements here, and subject specific eligibility here. You can also find out more about our selection process here.


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