• Posted In STEM News


    Woodville CE Junior School and the City of Derby Academy, along with nine other schools, have been awarded the Space Education Quality Mark - SEQM.  The awards were presented at the ESERO-UK Primary and Secondary conferences this summer.

    As activities in schools build up toward Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, in 2015/16, ESERO-UK would like to see more schools take the opportunity to use space across the STEM subjects and engage with space professionals across the UK. The SEQM is administered by ESERO-UK and sponsored by STFC.  Information on applying for the SEQM can be found by visiting

  • Employability Skills Guide

    Posted On 14 Aug 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In STEM News, Stemnet


    Download the Top 10 Employability Skills produced by STEMNET in conjunction with a range of UK-based companies.  It lists the skills with an explanation of what it means and an example of the way young people can evidence the skill inside or outside lessons.


    Employability Skills Guide (0.21 MB)
  • Posted In Competitions


    On Wednesday 9 July, 100 students working in teams, took part in the Young Engineers and Scientists of Derbyshire Competition at the University of Derby.  The task was to design and build a moveable bridge and for the older age groups there was a degree of electrical control.  The winners were teams from:

    • Years 7 and 8 section - 1st Belper School and 2nd Littleover Community School
    • Years 9 and 10 section - 1st Belper School and 2nd The Bemrose School
    • Sixth Form - Allestree Woodlands School
    • University Prize for Innovative Design - John Port School
    • Tony Claridge award for Enthusiasm for Engineering - Bethany Roberts from Belper School and Harris Majeed from the Bemrose School

    Congratulations to everyone!

  • STEM Ambassador videos launched

    Posted On 9 Jun 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In Stemnet


    STEMNET have launched STEM Ambassador videos, showing Ambassadors delivering different types of activities in different settings.

    The aim was to produce pictures that spoke a thousand words, providing STEM Ambassadors with insight into what volunteering in schools is like. We aren’t always able to buddy STEM Ambassadors up with each other, but hopefully the videos will provide some alternative support.

    The videos are available on STEMNET’s You Tube channel.

  • Posted In STEM News


    The government has launched a campaign to accelerate participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school and beyond.

    The Your Life campaign, launched by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, will see 170 businesses and institutions offer more than 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.

    Organisations such as Google, Arup, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Ford, BP, BSkyB, Airbus, Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, IBM, Nestle, Samsung, the Science Museum and the Royal Academy of Engineering have pledged to do more to highlight the career opportunities open to those studying STEM subjects, committing to create over 2,000 new entry level positions including apprenticeships, graduate jobs or paid work experience posts.

    The campaign will also have targeted advertising and a new scheme to boost the number of high-skilled science teachers alongside the pledges from businesses.  Go to for more information.

  • Posted In STEM News


    Employers including Atos, BT, Cassidian, IBM and QinetiQ have joined forces to create new specialist cyber security apprenticeships through e-skills UK.

    These employers have defined the competence and knowledge that apprentices should gain by the end of the programme, and e-skills UK has issued the new framework that governs the apprenticeships. Overall, more than one hundred of these new apprenticeships are expected to be made available this summer.

    The apprenticeships will be offered by organisations specialising in cyber security. They are designed to make it possible for talented school-leavers to enter the sector directly, learning skills in the workplace while gaining formal qualifications and earning a salary.

    More information at E-skills.

  • Construction - Building Skills for Growth

    Posted On 4 Feb 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In STEM News


    Download this document to find out more about construction's contribution to the UK economy, how it can continue to contribute and why we need more construction workers.


    Construction - Building Skills for Growth (0.49 MB)