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Is a career in science for me?

With two in five students saying they are interested in science related careers why do we need to worry about the scientific competitiveness of the UK on the global stage?Findings from the Wellcome Trust’s Science Education Tracker show that this number comes from some specific demographics and there is still work to be done in communicating to...


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Discover what a placement with Caterpillar could hold

Back in July 2016, for the first time ever, three teachers embarked on a STEM Insight placement with Caterpillar. Caterpillar designs, develops, engineers, manufactures and sells a vast range of machinery and engines to people all around the world. The STEM Insight programme provided these teachers with the unique opportunity to gain a real...


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Digital degree apprentices, the story so far: whim or wonder?

Last month, at IBM’s Southbank offices, the Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture attended the celebration of the first year of digital degree apprenticeships, supported through the Tech Partnerships. The Minister of State noted that digital industries contribute over £100bn to the UK economy and fully appreciated the...


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Disbelief, amazement and pride: ENTHUSE Celebration Award winner shares her experiences

Written by: Louise Parks, winner of Primary Science ENTHUSE Award, 2016A balmy summer evening in London and as I walked up to the impressive Wellcome Trust building, not really knowing what to expect, the magnitude of the reason I was there became very real!After receiving an Intensive ENTHUSE Award to help develop science in my school,...


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Investigating social mobility in STEM subjects and careers

Last year, the Social Mobility Commission issued a comprehensive report exploring the transition from school to the workplace amongst several types of pupil group within the UK.In particular, the commission was interested in why White British males are less likely to be unemployed, and have more social mobility options, than females and of...


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Celebrating British Science Week in design and technology

British Science Week is taking place from 10-19 March 2017, is your design and technology department joining in the celebrations?This year’s theme is change and aims to encourage young people to think about and investigate the changes happening around the globe.From seasons and climate, to materials and energy, this annual celebration is a...


CAS Tenderfoot: computer science CPD for key stage 3 teachers

Do you sometimes feel that you’re only a page or two ahead of your computing students? Worried that you can’t answer the tricky questions? Struggle to communicate the bigger picture, linking up fundamental computing concepts?Without extended training and deep subject knowledge, usually gained through a computer science degree, these can be...


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Working with the future generation of STEM: Mihika’s story

An inventor and award-winning primary school engineer, Mihika Sharma is certainly not your average six year old.Last year she won the London Special Leaders Award, a STEM programme by Primary Engineer in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering at University College London (UCL), designed to encourage primary school children to engage with...


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How to succeed as a non-specialist teacher of mathematics

It may seem a little strange to some people, but as a head of a large mathematics department, I actually looked forward to that time of the year when the timetable had to be constructed.It was like a giant Sudoku puzzle that would takes days, even weeks, to solve. It was a long, tricky process, but I loved it when eventually it all pulled...


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Teaching primary science with ENTHUSEiasm

Lorna Brown, a Year 6 teacher at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School, explains the impact the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards, and in particular winning the Primary School Science ENTHUSE Award, has had on her school and her own personal development.What’s your teaching background?I qualified in September 1995 with a BA(QTS). In the same year, I...


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