Education recovery focus: November

Primary pupils in red uniforms running in the playground

When it comes to Education Recovery, great teaching is, as always, the number one priority. 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. 
We know that teacher participation in high-quality CPD is the key to improvement. Our evaluation work consistently demonstrates that our CPD makes a positive difference for teachers and with pupils. The challenge, whilst protecting the core of the curriculum, is to preserve its breadth, so that young people get the richness of experience they need to develop their own identity and grow into active, empowered 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, inform your assessment of young people 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: Remote & blended CPD

High quality professional development in science has traditionally been always a face-to-face affair. However, the pandemic has taught us that remote courses have their use, with a mix of live sessions directly facilitated, and offline sessions done at a participants own pace in between the live sessions.
Our Science CPD lead Mark Langley has put together a handy blog explaining how this can be a timely and cost-effective option for teachers with links to key secondary courses. You can also search our primary remote CPD offering too...and remember that many of our remote courses attract bursaries which can be used to offset the cost.

A broad and rich curriculum: engineering


Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is taking place from 8 to 12 November, so this is an excellent month to bring some engineering into the classroom - perhaps via one of our many enthusiastic STEM Ambassadors who work in this field. 

Exploring how engineers solve problems and how this impacts the world around us is a great way to showcase how subjects taught in the classroom are applicable to the rest of the world. This year, the week is taking inspiration from COP26 and will look at how engineers and engineering can contribute to tackling climate change and achieving net zero.

The Big Quiz is a great starting point for a quick interactive activity, or sign up for your class to watch the Tomorrow's Engineers Week Schools COP where students around the UK will come together to discuss the vital importance of achieving net zero.

  • Looking for more engineering resources to bring into the classroom? Take a look at the resources on the Neon Futures website.
  • Students can find lots of careers inspiration too on the This Is Engineering website, including video interviews and career profiles from people working in engineering today.

Schools and colleges at the centre of communities: Nuffield Research Placements

Applications for Nuffield Research Placements (NRPs) are now open for 2022!

We're now in our second year of delivering this highly regarded and prestigious programme thanks to ongoing funding from the Nuffield Foundation and support from UK Research and Innovation.

We hope to encourage Year 12/S5/Year 13 (NI) students from low socio-economic and/or first in family backgrounds to start their application today for their chance to be part of this long-standing and impactful programme. 
NRPs supported 1,001 post-16 students to begin real-life research placements this summer, working and collaborating alongside STEM and STEM-related professionals. 
To find out more about the fantastic impact of NRPs, and get involved, visit our dedicated pages.

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: