The newly created STEM Coordinator role will be responsible for leading the region’s approach to STEM learning across education settings and within the wider community.
Tim Dreyer, who was the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer (PSDO) in the region for two years, has been appointed to the position. He will lead the strategic development of STEM. His remit has expanded to include secondary schools and family engagement in STEM. He said:
“I am delighted to be in a position to build upon the work we have already established in North Ayrshire, further embedding STEM learning and collaboration with our schools and realising the wealth of opportunities for STEM in the area.
“The Regional Skills Assessment by Skills Development Scotland forecast of a requirement of 4200 STEM jobs in Ayrshire. This supports our commitment to establishing a robust strategic vision to ensure North Ayrshire pupils are well supported into STEM career pathways.”
During his tenure as PSDO, Tim supported the Young STEM Leaders programme which was recognised as an example of best practice nationally. He developed a STEM skills framework, supporting the transition of pupils into the later primary stages.
A framework will now be developed to support young people moving from early years learning to primary, focussing on the role of outdoor learning in STEM. The Young STEM Leaders opportunity will also be expanded with target cluster groups, focussing on the role of STEM as a context for literacy and numeracy.