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Fixperts: teach your students to design for impact

We’re experiencing a global revolution in how things are made. It includes everything from new digital technologies like 3D printing, to internet-based tools for design collaboration, distribution, and improvement. It’s influencing where we get our ideas and how we choose to make them real. Add finite resources, shifting global markets,...


Festive fractals: bringing Christmas into the maths classroom

Santa is 7. A turkey is 11. What is the value of a Christmas cracker?After a long-term, it’s that time of year again when students begin to ask “Can we do something Christmassy this lesson?”With the final autumn term assessments out of the way, it might be time to plan a Christmas-themed lesson - but what to do? In my classroom, took the...


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An insight into Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Trailblazer Apprenticeships are the new standards which are designed in collaboration with groups of employers; they are all about on-the-job training which really meets the needs of the particular occupation.David Swinscoe, the Director of the Centre for Applied Sciences at City and Islington College, sheds some light on the new Trailblazer...


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Finding Friedman numbers

Whether you’re a fan of Rachel Riley, Richard Whitely, Carol Vorderman or even the Des Lynam era - I’ve never met a maths teacher who isn’t a Countdown fan.There are plenty of Countdown-style games to use in the maths classroom, such as this resource on the STEM Learning website. As a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), Countdown was always my...


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Core Maths: the most significant development in post-16 mathematics education in a generation

Agreeing to support the work of Core Maths is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has been, and continues to be, a huge privilege to support Core Maths and the many wonderful practitioners I have met along the way.But for me, this is only the end of the beginning with so much more support needed for Core Maths.Back in January 2014, I...


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Tough mudder: taking maths outdoors

Being based in the countryside, our school has ample opportunity to make use of the area around us. I am passionate about outdoor learning and am drawn to the idea of using the resources all around us. This particularly relates to teaching maths.However, we also want to ensure that we are focussing on how outdoor learning best supports what the...


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The most cataclysmic event in one afternoon

How do you incorporate the complete story of the Big Bang and other galactic phenomena into your key stage 4 and 5 lessons?The trick is to draw on the expert experience and amazing resources of the University of Hertfordshire at the Bayfordbury Observatory. This is where a group of teachers visited as part of a CPD activity on Astrophysics.The...


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Exploring the world creatively: teachers share their experiences of the Ultimate STEM Challenge

The Ultimate STEM Challenge invites 11-14 year old students to put their STEM skills to the test.With the entry deadline for this year’s competition fast approaching, we chatted to some schools that took part in last year’s challenge who told all about how the competition has impacted them and their students.Transforming students’ lives at Bohunt...


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The hunt for perfect numbers

I was born on a Friday the thirteenth, so growing up my favourite number was 13. I found the fear of the number – known as Triskaidekaphobia – fascinating. In some cultures, such as in Hong Kong and Macau, thirteen is actually considered lucky. Either way, at a young age I was aware of the power that numbers can have.In 2014, Alex Bellos set out...


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Robots, drones and GPS: the future of farming

Farming is becoming increasingly competitive. With a growing population, changing climates and labour shortages predicted, who will farmers turn to to help harvest their crops?Robots and drones could be the answer and may play a part in revolutionising the farming industry.A recent CPD activity gave teachers an insight into the future of farming...


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