The future is bright

Last month, 10 Year 9 girls from Cranbrook Education Campus, Exeter graduated from their Girls in STEM programme facilitated by CoachBright and funded by The Ogden Trust. The graduation ceremony took place at the University of Exeter where students explored the campus and heard from PhD researcher, Natalie Whitehead.

The graduation day concluded the Cranbrook programme for 2017, which had seen the Year 9 students receive over 70 hours of one-to-one maths and science coaching with university students, as well as a launch trip, a mid-programme science workshop and this final graduation event.

“I can now do many things that I couldn’t before, I understand a lot more and feel very motivated. I really enjoyed the experience.”

On their graduation day, the girls had a final session working with their coaches to focus on improving their work in a STEM subject, joined the Exeter dance society to learn that university life is not all about studying, and visited the campus radio station where they were interviewed about the Girls in STEM programme: asked to choose a song to be played on the radio, they selected – Don’t stop me now by Queen!

The vision of the programme, which paired each student with an individual STEM coach, was to help pupils become independent, reflective and resilient learners. The Girls in STEM initiative aimed to narrow the gap between perceptions of self and perceptions of people in STEM; improve girls’ knowledge of STEM careers and boost aspirations in STEM careers and university progression; and improve academic attainment, confidence in and attitude towards maths and science.

Feedback from the programme has been overwhelming positive and suggests that progress has been made in addressing these important objectives. A Review of the programme can be read here