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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See how we and Tomorrow’s Engineers came together to transform careers education

Marie Jobson, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEAIG) Lead at Churchill Community College in North Tyneside spent five days with five employers as part of our STEM Insight programme.Our STEM Insight programme focuses on developing the knowledge of STEM careers for staff who work with young people. Schools have the ability to...

Classroom displays competition – there’s still time to enter!

As you may be aware, we recently launched a new competition for teachers to share their classroom displays that they’re particularly proud of.All you have to do is submit your entry to one of two community groups – Classroom Displays – Primary or Classroom Displays – Secondary.Entries must include an indication of the subject or topic area of the...

Designers using their talent to help refugees

The finalists of this year’s What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge may have been announced, but there are still some brilliant resources that can be used for you to run a similar challenge with your own students.“Nearly 40,000 people a day are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and persecution. Among them are nearly 21.3 million...

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In order for you to get the best experience out of our website, we encourage that all of the information you have entered is correct and is as up to date as possible.This will allow us to best tailor our content to suit you and enable your needs to be met most effectively.Not only this, your public profile is a great way to tell people a bit...

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...

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