Supporting every aspect of your teaching: CPD, resources & more

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We know that teacher participation in high-quality CPD is the key encouraging students to maximise their potential, and our evaluation work consistently demonstrates that our CPD makes a positive difference for teachers and pupils.
 
These pages - originally created in response to the school closures which began in March 2020 - are a great starting point to identify areas that can support your teaching. They signpost you to resources to inspire your teaching approach, improve your knowledge and confidence, inform your assessment of young people...and save you time too. 
 
Our support is based around three key strategies which will signpost you to ideas, resources, CPD and more to help you inspire young people in STEM.
 


High quality teaching: Subject knowledge

 
Teachers are at the heart of effective teaching, however we know that science poses challenges that are not always found in other subject areas. To support effective teaching, the subject specific CPD by STEM Learning and its partners, backed up by quality-assured resources, is key to address many of these challenges.
 
Many teachers are teaching outside their own specialism, either having trained in a subject other than a science, or having to teach more than one science. This means that teachers' own subject knowledge is key - and often needs to go beyond what students need to learn (subject knowledge for teaching).
 
Building confidence in purposeful practical work is something that sets science apart from most other subjects. Doing practical work for the right reasons, with the right learning outcomes, rather than just “doing a practical” for its own sake is vital.
 
For more details and links focused on how we're supporting teachers' subject knowledge, check out this blog from our Science CPD Lead Mark Langley.

A broad and rich curriculum: The Quantum Ambassador Programme

Bring quantum computing and so much more into the classroom with the Quantum Ambassador Programme. Along with colleagues at the UK National Quantum Technology Programme, STEM Learning has developed a range of self-guided online modules for 16-19 year olds that explore the work of the four UK quantum hubs, closely linked to the curriculum. Teachers will be able to take students from the first quantum revolution, discussing lasers & semiconductors, right up to present day technologies and a look to the future.

Quantum computing is the focus of one of the four online modules. Students will learn what exactly a quantum computer is; why they might one day offer a benefit over traditional computing methods; and finally, how we might actually go about building a quantum computer.

Participating schools will have the opportunity to be paired with a Quantum Ambassador and take part in further enrichment sessions. These Ambassadors will outline the work of the four UK hubs, signposting relevant careers and answering any questions uncovered by students during their learning. To find out more about this unique opportunity for you and your students, and to sign up to take part in the programme, visit the Quantum Ambassador Programme webpage here.


Schools and colleges at the centre of communities: T Levels & post-16 curriculum reforms

First introduced in 2020, T Levels are the product of wide ranging reforms to post 16 technical education. Designed to address the shortage of young people with technical skills in key occupational areas, they aim to provide an alternative (but equitable) route of progression to that of A-Levels, focusing not just on knowledge but also the skills and behaviours needed to achieve threshold competence – the minimum level of competence required to access employment within a given occupational field.

A total of 23 T Levels are being introduced in ‘waves’ at selected providers, with the first three T Levels having commenced in September 2020, a second wave of seven T Levels in September 2021 and the remaining T Levels starting in September 2022 or 2023. The T Level Transition Programme provides support for learners who are not yet ready to access level 3 provision and aims to develop key knowledge and skills.

Reform and curriculum developments are likely to continue at pace throughout 2022. You can keep up to date through educational news channels (e.g. FE Week), join discussions in the STEM Community and/or join our New to Teaching T Level Science course. For a full breakdown of our support for T Level Health, Healthcare Science and Science, please visit our main T-Level page.


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Looking for specific support? Check out the monthly support we offered throughout 2021...
 
Browse the initial support we put together on science under the previous banner of 'education recovery':