Engineering Staff from TyneMet College, 4 teachers from Norham Community Technology College and Jo Lyons from the North Tyneside Education Business Partnership recently met with Carl Hopper, Siemens Energy Services STEM Ambassador for a tour of the Siemens Energy Services Plant to discuss ways of actively driving the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda in North Tyneside forward.

The visit enabled the group to share good practice and discuss related teaching and learning resources which will lead to enhancing and enriching the curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom, to motivate students towards STEM.

The STEM agenda is integral to the College's growth and development plans, TyneMet is already a regional leader for Engineering and Technology, with a wide range of vocational courses at its Coast Road Campus, designed to up-skill and advance both employees and employers across the North East.

TyneMet's partner college and dedicated A Level Sixth Form, Queen Alexandra, is one of the top performing colleges in the country for Science and Maths with 100% pass rate across many AS and A2 subjects including Maths, Further Maths and Physics.  More than half of Queen Alexandra's students taking Physics and Further Maths are gaining the highest possible grades (A*, A or B).  Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College outranked all other English schools in its category for AS Use of Maths to win a prestigious 'Good Schools Guide Award for 2011. This coveted A Level awards recognises teaching excellence: an accolade that further demonstrates the College's commitment to outstanding results, support for our A Level students and vision for growth in STEM areas for the future.

Across industry, societies, charities, universities and government, there is a wealth of expertise, resources and commitment to inspire and engage students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The STEM Framework aims to bring coherence to the wide range of activities on offer; creating a clear path for students and teachers to access the support available while enabling funders and providers to see where they can make a difference.

Mick Burton, Head of Engineering at TyneMet, said:

 "Collaboration between industry and education is essential and underpins the College's commitment to providing outstanding education and training so that students, the local area and employers can succeed and prosper."

For advice and guidance on courses still available at TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, call 0191 229 5000, email enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk or alternatively visit the website www.tynemet.ac.uk

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Gary Eiles, Teacher in Engineering TyneMet College, Carl Hopper, Siemens Energy Services STEM Ambassador, Mick Burton, Head of Engineering TyneMet College, Stephen Moore, Head of Technology Faculty Norham Community Technology College, Jo McClean, Science Teacher Norham Community Technology College, Nick Hinder, Technology Teacher Norham Community Technology College, Stephen Jackson, 2nd in Maths Norham Community Technology College.