Education recovery focus: October
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: self regulation
This month, our high quality teaching pillar focuses on the importance of metacognitive skills - the ability of a student to monitor, direct and review their own learning.
Our network educational lead Chris Carr has written a highly informative blog outlining strategies for developing these skills, and it's packed with links to CPD, research and ideas linked to this important area.
To further aid high quality teaching, we are happy to announce that we are now joint owners with the Primary Science Teaching Trust of Explorify - Wellcome Trust's award-winning free digital resource website for teaching primary science. If you have not already consented to use this site following the transfer, you can easily register again here.
A broad and rich curriculum: Climate change as COP26 approaches
Last month saw us focus on the Climate Change Educational Partnership, and with the UN Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26) starting in Glasgow on 31 October and ending on 12 November, we've retained climate change as the focus for October during what is going to be a hugely important and well-publicised few weeks on the subject.
We've got a wide range of support, resources, CPD and links related to climate change. Firstly, we've got an online CPD course 'teaching climate change' for secondary teachers to learn more about investigating the causes of climate change, develop engaging activities for students and much more.
Have you checked out our competitions, challenges and games designed to support teachers in embedding climate change topics into their teaching in an engaging way? You'll find a wide range of activities for young people of all ages to get involved in.
Our Careers in Climate Change virtual fair, run in partnership with Aecom, is running alongside COP26 and will showcase up to 30 national employers across a range of themed zones. This is a fantastic opportunity for your students to meet STEM Ambassadors, ask questions and be inspired by them - express your interest here.
The Primary Climate Science Symposium is an online event for primary teachers and students which runs parallel to COP26. It's a forum for children, educators, academics and science organisations to come together to discuss what makes for effective climate science education in primary schools. How do we teach both the science and the solutions of climate change? How do we look after childrens' emotions as we explore these complex topics? Join the Symposium, ask questions and explore these ideas via the PCSS.
The Royal Society's 'Tomorrow's climate scientists' programme has been awarded to more than 50 schools so far and gives students the chance to have a voice in the field of scientific research, and supports students in developing their 'green skills'. The first round of applications is open for schools until the end of November.
Schools and colleges at the centre of communities: Supporting climate education within communities
Businesses and STEM enrichment programmes are extremely busy supporting climate change education. For example, the virtual Careers in Climate Change aimed at 13-18 year olds interested in climate change will run from 1 – 12 November and give young people from across the UK the opportunity to explore the work of companies and researchers who are mitigating and adapting to the challenge of climate change. If you’d like to hear more please complete this form.
In addition to the return of Climate Detectives for 2021-2022, ESERO-UK will also launch the first edition of a ‘mini’ Climate Detectives. In this new school project, aimed at KS3 students, a range of research questions will be posed, supported by carefully curated datasets that can be explored.
Don't forget, STEM Ambassadors are another great source of inspiration to teach climate change to your students, and you can easily request their support via our STEM Teacher app.
We are also developing case studies sharing stories of STEM Ambassadors supporting climate change education in schools. Please complete this form to tell us about your experience of having a STEM Ambassador support climate change learning in your school.
We would be grateful if you could complete our short survey to learn more about how educators currently feel about teaching climate change.
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.