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Tracking pupils' opportunities and experiences

Find out about maintaining a record of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enhancement and enrichment opportunities made available to pupils over time to support planning and to help make sure that all pupils receive the benefit of an enhanced and enriched curriculum.

Some enhancement and enrichment activities will be available to only a limited number of pupils at any one time. Criteria may be used to select those pupils. It is important to record both the pupils who benefited and why they were chosen, so that plans can be developed to offer something to all pupils.

Some enhancement and enrichment activities can be selected to complement a particular aspect of learning in a certain year, and can perhaps be offered every year. These opportunities should be identified in the appropriate departmental documentation, and referenced in the schemes of learning to which they relate. Other activities will become available at a particular time in the year (for example, science and engineering week). For further details regarding the National Science and Engineering week visit British Science Association.

Together, these opportunities can form the basis for a database providing a simple record for the department which covers the opportunities offered to and experienced by all pupils, and which could be used to inform future planning. To be most effective, the database should roll from year to year with the pupils, enabling an easy visual check to be made that particular individuals or groups have not missed all experiences during their learning in science. Cross-referencing with other departments would support a coherent whole-school approach to enhancement and enrichment.