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New report proves students who undertake a CREST Award are 20% more likely to pursue a STEM A-level

New report proves students who undertake a CREST Award are 20% more likely to pursue a STEM A-level

On 27 January, URENCO’s partner, the British Science Association (BSA), announced the results of an independent report (conducted in 2015), which assessed the impact their Silver CREST Award scheme has on science scores and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject selection. The results were extremely positive, with students who completed a silver CREST Awards scheme, achieving at least half a grade higher on their science GCSE, compared to those who did not partake in this education initiative.

The CREST Awards scheme, which has been supported by URENCO since 2014, seeks to address the skills shortage within the STEM sector by engaging pupils in various activities. In this report it was proven that CREST supports students in achieving higher grades at GCSE and encourages them to pursue a career within STEM industries, such as the nuclear industry.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Students who undertake a CREST Silver Award are 21% more likely to study STEM at AS Level
  • Students who were eligible for Free School Meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to study a STEM subject at AS Level
  • Students who undertake Silver CREST have higher average GCSE grades compared to those who did not participate in a CREST Silver Award.

URENCO’s CREST Star activity ‘Spinning Solutions’ has proven to be a great success. In 2015, the resource was downloaded more than 500 times, which based on a class size of approximately 30 pupils, has reached 15,000 schoolchildren in the UK.

Have a go at URENCO’s CREST Award activity: www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest-superstar-activities

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