All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Equity in STEM education inquiry 2019/2020

On 23 June 2020, the APPG launched the 'Equity in STEM education’ report. The report was published after a 15-month inquiry gathering and analysing evidence on whether the education system and schools provide equal opportunities for students of all ages to learn STEM subjects in England.

The report includes five key findings and six recommendations that highlight the need for a more joined-up approach by Government to tackle the causes of inequity in STEM education and an urgency to take a wider, more holistic view of inequity beyond the lens of gender, economic disadvantage or ethnicity.

The recommendations

In the report, the APPG makes six recommendations, calling on the Government to introduce:
1) A Minister responsible for addressing inequity within the education system;
2) STEM education that is more relevant to the lives of all young people;
3) Greater action to address teacher shortages in STEM subjects;
4) Full implementation of changes to careers support and guidance, as suggested by the Careers Strategy for England (2017);
5) Steps to address the existing inequalities in provision of Double Award and Triple Science at GCSE;
6) A review of fundamental changes to STEM GCSEs which considers equity issues.

Write to your MP

Please raise the important issues in this report with your local MP. We have created an easy to edit template letter that you can email to your local MP to tell them why they should engage with equity in STEM education.

Evidence submitted to the inquiry