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Gender Balance in STEM Education Advisory Group DES

  • 2 July 2019

Gender Balance in STEM Education Advisory Group
Department of Education and Skills

The STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026 and the accompanying Implementation Plan 2017-2019 were published at the end of November 2017. The STEM Education Implementation Advisory Group was established to advise, support, and oversee the implementation of the Policy Statement and accompanying Implementation Plan. Implementation of the Policy Statement is in three phases with Phase 1 (2017-2019), phase 2 (2020-2023) and phase 3 (2024-2026).

The Policy Statement states that ‘There is a need to enrich teaching, learning and assessment practices from early years to post-primary to ensure that learners of all backgrounds, ability and gender are equipped with the skills needed to participate in our changing world’. In order to identify and support best practice methods to improve gender balance in the access to and participation in STEM learning experiences the Implementation Advisory Group has set up a Gender Balance in STEM Education Advisory Group.

Margie McCarthy from Science Foundation Ireland is chair of the Group. Members come from the Department of Education and Skills, UCD, CASTel, DCU, WITS, iWish, National Parents Council, Teen Turn, Institute of Physics, Engineers Ireland, Ardgillan Community College and CWIT. The terms of reference of the group have been agreed and work in beginning.

WITS executive member Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is a member of the group and WITS is formally represented by Dr Marion Palmer.