People Like Me

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A set of training and teaching resources for teachers, STEM Ambassadors and an interactive app for girls to help educate and inspire.

Welcome to PEOPLE LIKE ME – the revolutionary approach that uses girls’ natural tendency to create and articulate their self-identity with adjectives to help them see themselves working happily and successfully in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

This pack equips teachers and STEM Ambassadors with materials that can show girls from a diverse range of backgrounds that, if they continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better prospects and more career choice. The pack is targeted at girls aged 11-14. WISE recommends using the pack in an all-girl setting, where girls have been found to feel more comfortable sharing their strengths and aspirations.

Research shows that the vast majority of boys use verbs rather than adjectives to articulate their self-identity, which means this approach is less likely to offer them useful insight. Trialing has shown that verb-based people often struggle with the exercise and become uncomfortable.The activity can work equally well in a science, maths, PSHE or careers session.

More women than ever before are working in science, technology and engineering occupations, according to official data released last month. As the new school year gets underway, WISE launches a new approach for teachers and parents to show girls, that contrary to what they might think, young women just like them are happy and doing really well in a scientific or technical role.

For Organisations:

If your organisation is interested in training it’s staff on how to more effectively target girls with STEM subjects and careers then please read about licensing and training and contact Ruth Farengar.farenga@wisecampaign.org.uk if you are interested.

For Individuals:

WISE are offering training in the delivery of People Like Me for individuals such as individual STEM ambassadors or teachers. The first sessions will be held in London, Bristol and Leeds early in 2016. If you would like to attend a People Like Me training session, then please visit the following pages to book your tickets:

27th January, UCL, London;

9th February Atkins, Aztec West, Bristol;

1st March, FDM, No1 Whitehall Riverside, Leeds.

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