STEM Case Study: Ringwood School (STEM Role Models)
This case study describes how Ringwood School promotes STEM subjects and careers to girls, through its Role Models Scheme.
The scheme stemmed from teachers needing additional help with low ability year seven classes, however its success has seen this expand into year eight classes.
Recognising the skills and influence of the sixth formers, and their desire to both help others and gain experience for their UCAS forms, the school recruits year twelve and thirteen students to assist in the classes. These role models help students to focus, keep on task, complete practicals, understand the areas they are struggling with and write homework in their planners.
The role models encourage the year seven students and are sensitive to the quieter girls, giving them the confidence to volunteer answers and participate in lesson rather than being overshadowed by the boys, as had previously been the case.