Nottingham Girls’ Academy challenges stereotypes with STEAM careers strategy

The academy has created a programme to raise career prospects for women who want a career in tech

Nottingham Girls’ Academy has joined forces with software firm Ideagen to create a STEAM careers strategy for its pupils.


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The careers strategy is part of Ideagen’s Women in Tech programme and involves all year groups within the school. It focuses on challenging gender stereotypes around tech careers in particular, and aims to increase the rate of girls embarking on STEAM careers.

As part of the programme, pupils will take part in cloud and collaborative projects, undertake Internet of Everything coursework for a product idea, and complete work experience placements.

By seeing women in these roles and also becoming aware of the huge variety of tech roles that are available, this endeavour will encourage and support our girls to enter this exciting and challenging field.
– Tony Gaskell, Nottingham Girls’ Academy

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In addition, the programme includes curriculum-aligned learning on the fundamentals of IT, VR and AR tech, as well as a careers networking session with Ideagen professionals and chances to win prizes through a technology challenge. Pupils will also receive support for key transition points throughout secondary and 6th form education.

Tony Gaskell, head of computing and business at Nottingham Girls’ Academy, said: “Girls and women are underrepresented within STEAM subjects and employment.

“Ideagen is ideally placed to offer a variety of unique experiences to our students both in school and at their offices. By seeing women in these roles and also becoming aware of the huge variety of tech roles that are available, this endeavour will encourage and support our girls to enter this exciting and challenging field.”


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More information on the Women in Tech programme is available on their website here.

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