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...

Mathematics: an important ingredient in the new design and technology qualifications

For those teaching the new design and technology and engineering specifications from September 2017, one of the most interesting changes to the examined content is the increased focus on mathematics knowledge. 

How would you or your students fare with the following question?

A water feature is made from...

Have a merry science Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and the end of term and as that time approaches we start to get all Christmassy and our minds turn to how we can use this to engage our students.

Over the years, we have put together a range of Christmas science activities for you to demonstrate or do with your students. It’s a...

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The Chartered College of Teaching opens for membership

On 18 January 2017, the Chartered College of Teachers opened its membership.The Chartered College was set up to create world-class professional scholarship routes and is now inviting the UK’s teaching profession to join the organisation.Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College said:“Together, we aim to build an authoritative,...

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation: assessing the costs of good practice in practical science

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Gatsby) has commissioned PwC LLP to assess the costs associated with delivering its proposed benchmarks of good practice in practical science in secondary schools in England.The purpose of our research is to:help school science departments, technicians, head teachers and bursars budget for practical science in a...

Regional Grant Scheme for 2017 Biology Week: opening soon

The Royal Society of Biology will be opening a new Regional Grant Scheme in February 2017, which aims to help people get involved with Biology Week.Taking place on 7 – 15 October 2017, Biology Week showcases the important and amazing work of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in a variety of hands-...

Impact of the National STEM Learning Network

Over the years we have made a significant, positive impact on participants, schools and colleges, and ultimately young people across the UK.Verified by evaluations, this positive impact is evident in our CPD, resources and through our network of STEM Ambassadors.Impact of intensive CPD at the National STEM Learning CentreIn the academic year 2015-...

Longitude Explorer Prize: get your students involved in the challenge

On 9 January 2017, this year’s Longitude Explorer Prize was launched. Aimed at secondary school students and run by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre and IBM, the prize is looking for innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve the health and well-being of people in the UK.Areas of particular interest include...

Leadership CPD to get 2017 off to a good start

Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? We have a fantastic suite of ‘new and aspiring’ leadership courses for you and your school, a great way to start the New Year.With pupil numbers on the rise, the need and importance of having high-quality leaders is growing year on year, making it essential to encourage more people into a leadership role....

Get creative: classroom displays competition reopened

Last term, we ran a competition asking people to share photos of their STEM-related classroom displays.This competition was so popular and received so many fantastic entries that we have decided to run it again this term!By entering this competition you could be one of six people to win £100 worth of gift vouchers. Not only this, your entries...

Do you know someone who has encouraged young people to study engineering?

If you know somebody who has demonstrated excellence in encouraging and motivating young people into engineering, the Engineers Trust is currently looking for nominations for their Stephenson Award.This annual award scheme aims to celebrate those who have encouraged, and continue to encourage, young people to study engineering.Nominations are...

First Lego League UK and Ireland: opportunities to get involved

First Lego League (FLL) is an international science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.This competition aims to inspire young people to discover and love STEM, whilst teaching them valuable life skills that are crucial for their future careers.Working in teams of up to ten with a supporting adult coach...

The Youth Grand Challenges: a new extra-curricular initiative

The British Science Association has announced a new extra-curricular initiative for students in the UK: the Youth Grand Challenges.Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by the British Science Association, the Youth Grand Challenges calls on students aged 11 to 19 to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to...

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