Design and technology teacher

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...

Volunteer award

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...

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....

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Schools around the country celebrate prestigious Science Mark award

Science departments from around the country have been celebrating after being awarded with a prestigious Science Mark award.With three levels of award to choose from – Silver, Gold or Platinum – Science Mark aims to recognise and reward science departments that have been doing, and continue to do, amazing work for their school.Two of the...

What can the government, industries and universities do to improve the female uptake of engineering?

Since 2012, the National Centre for Universities and Business’ Talent 2030 project has been measuring the number of females studying physics at GCSE and A level. “Less than 8% of UK engineers are women. If we don’t work together to increase that number, the UK’s potential to lead the world in manufacturing and engineering is weakened.” - Jill...

Opportunities for teachers of A level mathematics

“If you’re new to the chalkface, the challenge of teaching A level maths can be a tough one.”This is what Michael Anderson explains in his latest article in SecEd.In this article, Michael, the mathematics specialist for the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, explains the challenges of teaching A level mathematics, providing a number of...

Congratulations to the BBC micro:bit, winner of the 2016 BIMA Awards!

We supported the launch of the BBC micro:bit in March this year, and we’re delighted to hear that it has become an Education category winner at the 2016 BIMA Awards.Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 15 September.This spring, BBC Learning provided a programmable piece of hardware – called a BBC micro:bit  to 1...

Make scientific research history by taking part in the Big Food Survey

Written by: Cerys Griffiths, Executive producer at BBC LearningAlmost 800,000 BBC micro:bits have now been delivered to secondary schools across the UK and we know that already students are using them for some really exciting projects. And early research we’ve commissioned shows that when students start to use them it can have a really big impact...

Free trees for eligible primary schools

Eligible primary schools in England can apply for free tree packs from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Woodland Trust.These free trees and accompanying teaching resources will help pupils engage with nature and allow teachers to deliver the curriculum with confidence.Free trees will enhance the local community...

STEM education embedded in communities across the UK

A new network of STEM Ambassador Hubs has been established to ensure that teachers and schools, as well as non-school group leaders, such as Scout and Guide groups, are able to access the renowned STEM Ambassador programme no matter where they live or work.This network has been established, to provide a seamless connection between STEM Ambassadors...

Baroness Brown appointed as the new Chair of STEM Learning board

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE FREng (Julia King), has been appointed Chair of the STEM Learning board. This role will draw on her extensive experience in STEM education and industry.Speaking about her appointment, Baroness Brown said:“STEM Learning believes that all young people across the UK should receive a world-leading STEM education – and...

Last chance to get your Gopher Science Lab grant

Gopher Science Lab supports students’ transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.Developed by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society, this project allows primary and secondary schools to arrange their own hands-on science days, with support from a Gopher Science Lab grant.During this...

Could you be the next winner of the School Biology Teacher of the Year Award?

Are you or do you know an amazing teacher of biology who deserves recognition? Why not nominate them for an award to recognise their talent and skill?The Royal Society of Biology have opened up nominations for their School Biology Teacher of the Year Award.If you know a teacher who is currently working with students aged 11-18 years old; teaching...

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