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A day of celebrations: playing a part in inspiring the next generation

Even from a young age, it’s essential that students are aware of the career paths and opportunities available to them. It is especially important for girls to feel empowered and able to pursue their dream career, and I was honoured to play a small part in that. A Sheffield primary school, Hatfield Academy, recently organised an event called...


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Are technicians invisible?

Are you a technician? Yes? Then you will know what a technician does. No? Then chances are you don’t know what a technician does. Why is this?Technicians are highly skilled staff with diverse, complex and specialist roles. In higher education they are often the first port of call for both staff and students. In an environment which...


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Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and physics, but didn’t feel confident about her...


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What are antibubbles and how are they changing the world?

Add a twist to your lessons on states of matter by investigating antibubbles.What are antibubbles?Most students will be familiar with bubbles that can be created by blowing air into a film of soapy water. These bubbles consist of a volume of air enclosed by a membrane of liquid. The bubble is held as a sphere by forces between the liquid molecules...


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The opportunities and challenges of the new design and technology GCSEs

There are only a few months until the changes to the design and technology GCSEs will be implemented. Preparing new and effective Schemes of Work can be challenging. To help, we chatted to David Hainsworth, a Head of Department at Calthorpe Park School, who discussed how their department is preparing for the changes.Our department has five full-...


The new register for arts technicians: what you need to know

Professional registration can be career-changing for technicians - and with the new arts register from the Institute of Science, Technology and the Arts (IST) recently launched, arts technicians can take this important step. But what do you need to know before you make the leap?You may have read that HEaTED is working with the IST to...


Time saving ideas for making great secondary mathematics resources

Revision is well under way and extra efforts are being made to best prepare your students for the demands of the new GCSE examinations.Once the examinations are over, it will be time to take stock of the last two years. Which parts of the new specification have gone well? Which parts have the students found difficult? Which parts have teachers...


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Rising to the challenge: using CREST Awards in food lessons

The CREST Awards scheme provided the ideal opportunity for me to teach Year 9 students how to conduct a food science experiment and for them to learn key skills in writing up the experiment – excellent preparation for the GCSE Non-exam Assessment.We had just completed work on cereals, so the project title ‘Compare how well bread rises when...


Why manipulatives belong in the secondary maths classroom

During my time as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) I spent time working with teachers in primary schools, supporting maths coordinators. Despite being there as a ‘maths specialist’ to support the teaching of maths, during my visits I learnt at least as much as the primary teachers with whom I worked. What I learned had a great impact in my own...


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Real female role models – STEM Ambassadors 1950s and 60s style!

No Sunday morning lie-in for me as I set off with our 15 year old son (I fancied a challenge) to see an early morning showing of the movie Hidden Figures at the cinema. The film tells the incredible story of a team of African-American women mathematicians - Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - who served a vital role in...


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