What is the STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) Program?
The STEM Industry School Partnerships program is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education’s Curriculum and Reform Directorate, through its Curriculum Secondary Learners team.
Through collaboration with leading Australian companies, universities, government agencies and industry, the STEM Industry School Partnerships program provides an educational model that engages students, inspires them to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and prepares them for STEM enabled careers.
The program is the NSW Department of Education’s response to the goals of the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Education Council’s National STEM School Education Strategy 2016 – 2026.
The program aims to improve teacher confidence and their capacity to deliver integrated and cross-curricula STEM education programs in rural, remote, and regional NSW.
The STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) program is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education, Curriculum Secondary Learners, Educational Standards Directorate, delivered in association with leading Australian companies, universities, government agencies and industry associations.
The SISP 2021 program objectives are:
improve the quality and quantity of STEM instruction in NSW public schools with a focus on regional, rural, and remote areas
enhance teacher confidence and capacity to develop and deliver integrated and cross-curricula STEM educational programs from K–12
increase student STEM ability, engagement, and aspiration, with a focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, females, and students from low socio-economic backgrounds
facilitate greater student access to high-quality STEM curriculum that enhances opportunities for transition to further education and employment
develop effective and sustainable school-industry and other partnerships to assist in providing real-world STEM educational opportunities for students
raise awareness of current and future career opportunities and knowledge of STEM industry pathways for students, parents, and members of the wider community.