Education recovery focus: July

Education recovery is an outcome of a great education system, in which delivery of progress, achievement and attainment for children is key, especially in redoubling efforts to reduce the attainment gap. 
Great teaching is at the heart of education recovery and is best supported by teachers participating in high-quality CPD. Our evaluation work consistently demonstrates that STEM Learning's evidence-informed, high-quality CPD makes a positive difference for teachers and with pupils. Whilst protecting the core of the curriculum, preserving its breadth offers young people get the richness of experience they need to develop their own identity and grow into citizens. 

We are committed to playing our full part in this work and to support teachers and school leaders. On this page, we signpost you to materials which we believe will inspire your teaching approach, improve your knowledge and confidence, offer enrichment and real-world context to learning, and save you time along the way. 
We are organising our support around three key pillars, with monthly themes to help break down the steps to education recovery:

High quality teaching: transition in education

Periods of transition are crucial in education, whether that is from primary to secondary, or the transition to further and higher education. 
All Year 7 teachers know that new cohorts arrive from primary school with varying levels of knowledge, skills and confidence. These variations are compounded by multiple feeder schools all having different approaches. Our Senior Network Educational Lead, Wayne Jarvis, has some tips on how you can ensure all students make progress and experience a transition that is as smooth as possible.

Featured CPD course:

Effective transition between year 6 and year 7 in science
This remote course will help you establish links between the year 6 and year 7 science curriculum, consider how diagnostic teaching can address knowledge and skills gaps, develop strategies and techniques to differentiate lessons and more.


Supporting the transition to secondary education

A broad and rich curriculum: ESERO-UK

This July, explore the magic of space and participate in enriched activities, including activities you can do at home.
Celebrate National Moon Day on 20 July with our ESERO-UK Mission to the Moon resource – a collection of practical activities, investigations and games, based on current lunar research.
Inspire young people to learn more about space and careers in STEM by checking out the virtual Space Futures Careers Expo, launching 19 July. Visitors to this exciting event will be able to explore our exhibition stand through an interactive navigation system.
Boost understanding and knowledge of STEM topics by exploring our National STEM Club activity guides for challenges can be carried out in the classroom, or even outside in the sunshine at home! We’ve gone the extra mile to help parents and carers keep young people interested in the exciting world of STEM and computing – and our latest resources feature ‘seven top tips’ to keep primary and secondary children engaged and learning throughout the summer.

Schools and colleges at the centre of communities: Learning outdoors 

With better weather throughout the summer, learning outdoors can be both engaging and enjoyable. Inspire your students with the world around them, whether that's a rural or urban environment.  Naturally, learning outdoors may also help improve social distancing.
Our resources section has lots of great ideas for learning outdoors. Forest School has become a popular way to teach outdoors, but other subjects can benefit too, such as maths or even computing. The My Wild Life resource connects ecology and biodiversity to the community as well.  There's a nice introduction to outdoor learning in our April 2019 Primary magazine (pages 4-5) too, or you can dive a bit deeper with his report from Natural England.
An outdoor lesson is a great opportunity to invite a STEM Ambassador into your school to support your teaching.  These relatable STEM professionals can support curriculum learning, raise aspiration and illuminate careers with their real-world experiences.

Join engaging discussions in STEM Community

STEM Community is a helpful and supportive place to share ideas and find support within the teaching of STEM subjects. Prompting thought about aspects of teaching practice, education recovery and more, it is a great opportunity to engage with both peers across the country and our own subject experts.


Look back at previous months:
Browse all of the support we've put together on science education recovery: