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...

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.

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Early Years teaching: the key to teacher and pupil development

The Early Years classroom in a primary school is usually that strange colourful space at the end of the corridor where the chairs are so small and there seems to be so much going on at any one time that for the untrained observer it can seem like chaos.

I know it was in my school and I was a little...

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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...

Winners of the classroom displays competition announced

In September 2016, the National STEM Learning Network launched a competition asking teachers to share photos of the classroom displays they’re particularly proud of.Teachers were tasked with sharing a photo of their display and the resources they used to create it, enabling other teachers to be inspired and replicate these ideas in their own...

What is the future of Initial Teacher Education in England?

On Thursday 2 March 2017, the Westminster Education Forum is hosting a seminar looking at the future of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in England and the future for Qualified Teacher Status.Following the publication of ‘A framework of core content for ITT’, this is a great opportunity for key policymakers and stakeholders to come together and...

A global coding challenge, coming soon!

Technology is everywhere and is changing every industry on the planet.To help encourage more young people into a technology-related career, CSC Charitable Foundation is launching a new global coding challenge – CSC Codes.This fun and engaging competition uses Scratch to inspire a passion for programming and sciences in today’s youth.Aimed at 10-14...

Got an idea for a new internet enabled product? The Little BIG Awards want to hear from you!

The Little BIG Awards are a chance for your students to show off their ideas for an internet enabled future!What are the Little BIG Awards?Watch this short video to find out more about the Little BIG Awards and the benefits of getting involved. How does my school enter?Firstly, your students need to design an internet enabled idea. What can...

Do you know a teacher who is inspiring young engineers?

The ERA Foundation is looking for nominations for the David Clark Prize – awarded to an exceptional teacher who has gone the extra mile in inspiring young people in primary school, secondary school or college to consider engineering as a career.As well as becoming a fellow of the ERA Foundation, the winner of the David Clark Prize will receive a...

There’s still time to enter the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Are you eager to get involved with the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge but need some more information before you dive in?The deadline to submit your entries is fast approaching, so we’ve put together a helpful list of FAQs to answer your queries. So get stuck in and inspire your students with these exciting challenges.What is the BP Ultimate STEM...

First cohort of ENTHUSE Partnerships now complete

The ENTHUSE Partnership programme provides groups of schools with funding for collaborative activities to improve teaching and learning in STEM subjects. The 2014-16 programme provided state funded primary and secondary schools and FE colleges with a maximum of £12,000 to work in partnership with at least four other schools wishing to work...

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