The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' (BIS) Science and Learning Expert Group has recently released a report Science and Mathematics Secondary Education for the 21st Century.
The report outlines five priority areas for improving STEM learning in schools and colleges;
- Recruit more STEM graduates into teaching, then train and retain them
- Improve the content and assessment of science and maths at GCSE and A-Level (including having expert groups advise on the design and development of qualifications and assessment)
- Clearly differentiate the learning pathways available to young people
- Integrate IAG into science lessons and enrichment, and develop HE and workplace links
- Foster a commitment to excellence in science and mathematics in schools and colleges through accountability mechanisms and incentives.
There’s a good article about the report on the BBC website. You can see the responses from Schools Minister Iain Wright and Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson on the BIS website.