Working towards a STEAM-powered Curriculum
Date Created: 21st Aug 2017
Arts subjects have an essential place alongside the Government’s S(cience), T(echnology), E(ngineering) and M(aths) agenda
Cross-curricular learning has proven to be effective in engaging children and young people in new, creative ways of seeing all subjects. Realising the combined potential of these subjects is key to the future of our education system.
“STEAM will equip children with the problem-solving, creative, analytical and technological knowledge needed to prepare them for the jobs market of the future. It will create the most likely environment for young people to reach their full potential.” (Cultural Learning Alliance)
The STEAM movement is gaining support across a range of sectors, including from industries seeking employees with creative problem-solving and team-working skills. Schools are also seeing the alliances between the subjects as a way to address issues, including low take-up of STEM subjects by girls, and in turn, of Arts subjects by boys, as well as tackling underachievement and a lack of aspiration.
With support from Arts Council England, we are working with seven STEAM Networks across the South East. Establishing new working relationships between education, cultural and STEM partners, the Networks are piloting models for CPD and pupil resources. They provide support for schools working towards Artsmark and Arts Award, integrating the Quality Principles throughout.
“It is STEAM that is driving me as a teacher because this is what education should feel like – it should be exciting and students should feel enriched by this creative means of informing them of theory and skills.”
(Emma Cairns, Bridgemary School)
Current STEAM Networks
- St Richard’s Catholic College (East Sussex), working with De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill Museum, STEM Sussex, and Hastings and Rother Cultural Education Partnership
- Bridgemary Secondary School (Hampshire), working with schools in Portsmouth and Southampton, and Winchester Science Centre
- Buryfields Infant School (Hampshire), working with Winchester Science Centre and Primary and Infant Schools across Hampshire
- Astor College (Kent), working with partner schools in Kent, Dover Arts Development, South East Physics Network, and the University of Kent, Canterbury
- Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School (Kent), working with local schools, Dreamland, Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christchurch University
- Larkmead School (Oxfordshire), working with partner Primary and Secondary schools in the area, Oxford Contemporary Music, Science Oxford, and Theatre of Debate
- Shenley Brook End School (Buckinghamshire), working with Bletchley Park, Teaching School Alliance partners, and a STEM Ambassador