Not my type

Laboratory chemists tak a day out of the lab to teach children about chemistry as part of the UK STEM.CREDIT-alamy-p96cy3

Disadvantaged parents rule out careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for their children because they think those jobs are “not for somebody like them”.

More than half of parents (51%) from a lower socioeconomic background who took part in a survey by Teach First – which aims to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales – said they believed their children were unlikely to go on to a career in STEM.

When asked about the barriers their children faced, parents referred to a lack of confidence and few role models in the STEM field.

Russell Hobby, Chief Executive of Teach First, said: “I think people look at some of these jobs, and look at who gets them and who doesn’t, and they start to rule out whether those are meant for them and people like them.”


Image credit | Alamy



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