Celebrating sisterhood

A day of celebrations: playing a part in inspiring the next generation

Even from a young age, it’s essential that students are aware of the career paths and opportunities available to them. It is especially important for girls to feel empowered and able to pursue their dream career, and I was honoured to play a small part in that. 

A Sheffield primary school, Hatfield...

Are technicians invisible?

Are you a technician? Yes? Then you will know what a technician does. No? Then chances are you don’t know what a technician does. Why is this?

Technicians are highly skilled staff with diverse, complex and specialist roles. In higher education they are often the first port of call for both staff and...

Teaching biology

Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.

As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and...

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Secondary summer schools to leave you bursting with inspiration

Summer is a busy time for us at the National STEM Learning Centre and Network. Not only do we have a number of primary conferences coming up in July and August, we have a range of secondary summer schools and conferences, packed full of ideas for when you’re back at school in September! Covering a range of subjects and areas across the...

Royal Society Partnership Grants: your chance to be awarded £3,000!

The Royal Society have opened their Partnership Grant scheme to support schools in enabling students aged 5-18 the chance to get involved in STEM projects. There are grants of up to £3,000 available to schools.Since its inception in November 2000, over £1.3 million has been awarded to over 800 schools and colleges promoting engagement within...

Interact and engage with biology

The Royal Society of Biology are dedicated to engaging and encouraging people’s interest in biology and how it can contribute towards improving life for all.To help achieve this objective, they run a number of different education-related schemes and events. TalkBiology and the International Biology Olympiad are just two of the many discussion...

Free careers and enterprise events at a location near you

Plotr is hosting a free careers and enterprise event for careers advisers, heads of sixth form and school leaders at a venue near you!This roadshow will be taking place in June and July, with additional locations being visited in the autumn and winter. There will be a number of workshops at this event from: Barclays LifeSkills, Education...

What makes an amazing school science technician?

This is the question that Simon Quinnell aims to answer in his most recent article in SecEd. Simon is the senior professional development leader for technicians at the National STEM Learning Centre in York and his article talks about our dedicated technicians programme – STACS (Senior Technicians Accredited Co-Leaders in Science). This...

Take part in the IET's survey for your chance to win £500

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are asking for your views on the IET Faraday programme. Take part in this 10 minute survey for your chance to win £500.The survey will close at midnight on Friday 10 June 2016, with the winner being chosen at random on Monday 13 June. Your honest feedback will help the IET to understand how...

Be inspired by our primary conferences this summer

Over summer, the National STEM Learning Centre and Network is hosting a number of practical, hands-on conferences to support your teaching in the primary classroom.With opportunities to hear from a range of subject specialists and education leaders, these conferences are the perfect chance to stay up to date with the changes to the primary...

Science in the primary classroom is beneficial

Here at the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, we were very interested to read Ofsted's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments this month on the study of science in primary schools.He emphasises the lack of science teaching in primary schools, and the variable quality of the teaching. Our organisation covers cross-curricular...

Online STEM teaching programme

We’ve developed a suite of online CPD designed to support teachers of STEM subjects across primary, secondary and post-16.A combination of our three online activities – Managing behaviour for learning, Assessment for learning, and Differentiating for learning – aims to help you gain a better understanding of a variety classroom techniques.Here’s a...

The importance of careers education in schools

“Careers education given to secondary school students can be linked to higher earnings in adult life.”This research has been published in the Journal of Education and Work and was mentioned in BBC news last week.Careers talks and lessons, including outside speakers, have been seen to indicate a long lasting employment impact, reinforcing the...

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