They will be providing professional learning to practitioners to build their capacity to promote gender balance. Their work will also involve the establishment of a gender ambassador network, as well as a kitemark programme to support and recognise the approaches schools and centres develop to improve gender balance.
Meaningfully engaging all young people, their families and the wider community in the opportunities, pathways and possibilities of STEM is imperative in addressing the future skills pipeline. Light a spark in a primary pupil and that will stay with them as they progress through their academic careers and beyond.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established 15 years ago. It is my hope that in 15 years’ time we will be celebrating progress and equity. In order to achieve this goal, we must nurture this generation of young people to be the STEM ambassadors of the future.