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Sensory science: engaging students through hands-on approaches

It really is amazing to enter a classroom when the children are absolutely delighted to see you. It’s something I experienced whilst developing lesson plans for special needs schools.As a science specialist, I used my experience running workshops to devise six super-sensory hands-on chemistry lessons – and then I took them into John Watson School...


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Cutting edge science: the science of now

The University of Manchester gets Nobel Prize for graphene. Gene therapy could eradicate cancer and heart disease. Large Hadron Collider scientists developing new cancer treatments.These are just three headlines that have emblazoned the front of national newspapers in recent times. When students think of science they are often taught to look...


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Leaders of mathematics: taking the next steps to develop your department

Becoming a leader of mathematics can be a daunting, but very exciting, prospect for teachers. We chatted to Marcia Gunson, a mathematics teacher in Leeds, who shared how she prepared for the challenge by attending our New and aspiring leaders of mathematics CPD.How did you find out about the CPD?I found out about the course, and the programme of...


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What is the difference between Core Maths and pure maths?

I recently came across my old A level question paper. Back in those days all A level courses were linear; the first paper containing pure mathematics and the second containing the applied element.Skip forward to curriculum 2000 when all A level examinations became modular, each consisting of six modules. The mathematics course consisted of three...


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How can Virtual Reality be used in STEM subjects?

The shortage of students pursuing STEM subjects at university or through higher education has received a lot of attention over the past few years. According to consultancy firm AT Kearney, just one in eleven young people takes maths or physics at A-Level.This, in turn, is having an impact on the UK job market, with 43% of science, technology,...


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National Coding Week: if I had a time machine…

On day 5 of #nationalcodingweek, expert computing teachers share the one piece of advice they would give to their former selves before teaching coding for the first time.Two Computing at School leaders agree on their key time-travel message. Lecturer Miles Berry suggests you should “Make more time for reading code” to improve understanding. ...


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Is coding an enigma?

To celebrate National Coding Week, we chatted to the development team at Code Enigma who shared some of their favourite coding tips.Don’t crystal ball. In other words don’t try and guess every possible improvement your client might need. If you prefer that as an acronym, YAGNI (you aren’t going to need it).Build the simplest thing that works or if...


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Hearing is believing for an acoustics specialist at Atkins

Vicky Stewart is an acoustics specialist and STEM Ambassador at Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We chatted to her about her role in inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects, and how this has benefited her and her career.  What is the benefit for...


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National Coding Week: help! I don’t have the technology to teach programming!

Image courtesy of Bradley Dardis @BradleyDardisThe introduction of the computing curriculum has increased demand for scarce IT resources. What can you do if the kit isn’t sufficient? In the fourth of our #nationalcodeweek series, we ask if it’s possible to learn computer programming without computers.Many teachers are happy to teach algorithms...


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National Coding Week: when is the best time to move from blocks to text-based programming?

It’s day three of National Coding Week! Today focuses on when the best time is to move from blocks to text-based programming.The English curriculum for computing states that text-based programming should be tackled from age 11 but this isn’t a universal view. Ben Hall promotes early experiences with text-based languages, as Scratch doesn’t allow...


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