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Planning, preparing and implementing the new design and technology GCSEs

Simon James is Head of Department at The Warriner School in Bloxham near Banbury. We chatted to him about the new design and technology GCSEs and the opportunities and challenges they will provide for both the teachers and his students.At key stage 4, our department is teaching GCSEs in food preparation and nutrition, design and technology (...


Why volunteering is good for you

It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts which is why I was delighted to be selected as one of three Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Inspirational Committee Members for 2017. Volunteering is something I have always cared about and have done throughout my life, starting as a voluntary swimming teacher whilst at sixth form college...


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Project Steminist: tackling inequality on a global stage

Two students from the City of Glasgow College are the first in Scotland to present their work at a prestigious international educational conference.Bunmi Onanuga and Laura Phillips showcased their pioneering computer game, Eco City, at the International STEM Students’ Forum in Hong Kong.We chatted to Laura and Bunmi, who shared their experiences...


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Progression, recognition and reflection: how I became a National Expert

As a teacher and middle leader with only two years’ experience in the profession, I was delighted to receive the highest level of recognition from STEM Educators – National Expert.Having previously held the Effective and Leading STEM Teacher levels, it was a great honour to receive the National Expert recognition."As teachers, we very rarely stop...


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Exploring the big issues in computing

Many Governments want to illegalise encryption to make it harder to communicate secretly, eroding our privacy further.Wealth accumulates in big tech companies, which squeeze out the existing media, and are much more loosely regulated leading to fake news.Artificial intelligence will displace more humans from their jobs than anyone thought possible...


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Tackle the Ultimate STEM Challenge: last year's winners are here to help

Now in its fourth year, BP’s Ultimate STEM Challenge is back with three new challenges on the theme of My Sustainable Future.Students aged 11 to 14 are invited to use their STEM skills to help reduce our impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future. By exploring the practical uses of science, these challenges are designed to...


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Paving the way for females in engineering

In 2014, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) launched National Women in Engineering Day, an annual day to highlight the huge gender imbalance within the engineering industry.They brought light to the fact that there was a massive lack of engineering skills on a global level, partly due to less STEM graduates and more importantly, the...


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ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: opening doors to teachers and students alike

Bedtime stories for me as a child were about gaining a good education, how it's one of the few things in life that no one can take from you once you've achieved it and how it can open doors in life that would never be possible without it.Each time I gained a certificate for anything, my dad would take it to work to laminate and we would put it in...


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Unpacking the new design and technology GCSE

To prepare for the new design and technology qualifications, we spent a lot of last summer going through the OFQUAL guidance for the new GCSE, and working backwards to prepare the key stage 3 schemes of learning.Our aim is to give a good background to the core principles in years 7 and 8, supporting the three year GCSE courses that we teach. Year...


The benefits of learning outside the classroom

There is much awareness of the benefits of taking students outside the classroom to learn. However, little is often made of the benefits of teachers developing their own expertise through experiencing continuing professional development outside the classroom environment.Research and studies show that different people learn in different ways, as...


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