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CCITE is an educational consortium supported by the HJB Charitable Trust and the Hamilton Trust in Cambridge's silicon fen bringing together leading thinkers in education, industry, business, research, academia, technology and entrepreneurship to design whole-school STEM solutions to meet the current skills crisis threatening UK's economic prosperity. It has now expanded its activity both in the UK working with iSTEM clusters of schools and also with European partners in (currently) Spain, Hungary and Finland. Our most recent work is presented in: The iSTEM+ approach. The National STEM Learning web site features the latest on the iSTEM+ network: STEMNet  

`iSTEM+’ (read “i-STEM Plus”) stands for `integrated STEM education including more subjects, skills and people’. It is an organisational tool to support a whole-school approach to embedding joined-up STEM education & skills in the curriculum for all learners. Such schools are called `Skilful Schools’ and they work with other partners including nearby schools, parents and employers in `iSTEM+ local clusters’ providing cross-curricular opportunities for the development of both STEM and employability skills.

Central to this is a STEM Framework consisting of 20 cross-curricular student STEM projects, investigations and problem-solving activities for each of Key Stage 2 and 3 which engage students in working in teams, supported by teachers and other mentors (older students, family, STEM ambassadors etc.). Most of these projects already exist in some form - developed by ourselves and others as can be seen in the CCITE Milestones

We have also developed an associated STEM Technology Support Framework:

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CCITE supporters include the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the Association for Science Education (ASE), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CSaE), the Centre for real-World Learning (CRL), the Computing At Schools group (CAS), the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), the Design & Technology Association (DATA), the e-Learning Foundation, the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), the Expansive education Network, FutureLab, Google, the Hamilton Trust, Hertford College Oxford, Hewlett-Packard (HP), the HJB Charitable Trust, the Ideas Foundation, the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Mathematical Association (MA), Microsoft, the National Endowment for Education, Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD), The New Media Consortium (NMC), TechUK, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), the Youth Sports Trust (YST), WS Atkins and the 21st Century Learning Alliance.

CCITE is currently working with Activate Education, Cambridge Assessment, the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, the Engineering & Computer Science department of Southampton University (ECS), the International GeoGebra Institute, National Instruments, NRICH, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, St John's College School, STEM Team East, Surrey Satro and the University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust.


"We applaud what CCITE is doing to draw attention to the issues of Computer Science education and the role that engineering and technology can play in Britain's future economic growth. We need both to ignite children's passion for science, engineering and maths and to address the shortage of teachers equipped to teach Computer Science in UK schools."  Peter Barron, Director, External Relations, Google

"Schools strongly recognise the aims of CCITE as crucial for what we need to do to develop the appropriate education for our pupils today and into the future. We want and need all of our pupils to develop very strong skills and, perhaps just as important, motivation in these key areas of Maths, Engineering, Technology and Computer science. We will wish to engage with CCITE to provide both the curriculum and the teaching and learning that will enable this to happen." Stephen Munday, Principal, Cambridge Teaching Schools Network