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How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial new content with smaller...


A guide to adding and subtracting directed numbers

The Adding and subtracting directed numbers resource is a concept development lesson from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. The resource has a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding.The lesson develops a model for addition and subtraction of directed numbers by using positive and negative ‘charges’ shown on discs. The...


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Kickstart the autumn term with design and technology support from STEM Learning

Never has a design and technology department been so diverse. One day you are teaching students how to design digitally for 3D printing, the next you might be solving a maths problem or explaining the science behind a technical textile. This can all feel like a bit of a whirlwind at the start of a new term, don’t panic – we’re here to help!Whether...


How to build your confidence as a non-specialist teacher of computing

New year, new timetable. Whether you’re picking up a few lessons of computing here and there, or you’ve fully taken on a subject teaching role for the first time, you probably feel a little shaky. As you work to raise your confidence, invest your energy wisely.How you can get startedTry unplugged activitiesTry out some unplugged computing...


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Achieving good practical science through extended projects

Last year the Gatsby Charitable Foundation launched Good Practical Science, a new report outlining ten benchmarks for secondary schools to transform practical science education in England.The report, led by Sir John Holman, a chemist, former headteacher and senior advisor to the Foundation, provides recommendations to help schools achieve world-...


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What does good technical support look like in a science department?

Some schools and colleges may believe that delivering good technical support to the science department is purely supplementary: technicians ensure teachers have all the equipment that they need, know exactly what they're going to do with it and feel confident that they know the experiment they're going to carry out is going to work. At The Magna...


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Getting started as a newly qualified mathematics teacher

If you have just started your first year of teaching, or are supporting a new teacher in your department, find out how we can help you to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) throughout the next academic year.Online CPDThe STEM teaching program is a suite of free, high-impact professional development courses designed for current or trainee STEM...


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The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Since September 2016, I’ve visited over 200 primary schools across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers and a large proportion of these conversations were associated with technology for the classroom.On the whole, schools and colleges are extremely positive about the impact that technology can have on student...


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Access to Higher Education: a story of success in STEM

I work for Coventry University Scarborough as a tutor in health and human sciences. Our course is an Access to Higher Education route that, upon completion, will lead students onto a health or science-based degree at university.My role involves all aspects of teaching for the course, including human biology and the cardiovascular system. We...


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From apprentice to Automation Technician: my experience of STEM in the workplace

Liam is an Automation Technician at GSK and works at a manufacturing site in Montrose, Scotland. Here he explains the benefits of apprenticeships, why he became a STEM Ambassador and how he got involved with the ENTHUSE Partnerships programme.Tell us about your apprenticeship and the benefits it has presented My apprenticeship stemmed from...


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