Research and analysis

The STEM cohesion programme: final report

A report into the effectiveness of the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) cohesion programme in schools.

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STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and maths. Many organisations are involved in working to inspire and engage young people in STEM. The STEM cohesion programme was created to coordinate the wide range of expertise and resources available.

This research was commissioned by the DfE to evaluate the effectiveness of the STEM Cohesion Programme on schools, colleges and stakeholders. This is the third and final report produced by the evaluation. It provides an update on the initial baseline and year 2 reports produced in August 2009 and July 2010 respectively, and synthesises key evaluation findings and trends over the past three years of the evaluation.

The main data collection activities conducted during the evaluation included:

  • a telephone survey to maths, science and technology teachers/lecturers
  • a key stage 3 student survey
  • feedback collected from representatives of the lead organisations
  • a stakeholder survey to the wider STEM community
  • school/college case studies