How to find a happy number

The World Happiness Report 2017 states that Norway is the happiest nation in the world, with the United Kingdom ranking 19th out of the 51 countries surveyed.20 March 2018 marks the United Nations International Day of Happiness, recognising the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings...


Bringing science to life in your primary classroom

If you were asked to name a scientist or an engineer who would you name?Would it be someone who you commonly see on TV such as Sir David Attenborough or Professor Brian Cox? Or would you reach into history and call on Issac Newton, Marie Curie or Albert Einstein?These scientists helped us to understand more about the world we live in, but what...


The real benefits of apprenticeships

I started my apprenticeship journey back in 2015, straight after finishing my A levels. Once I had found out I’d got a job as a digital marketing apprentice at STEM Learning, I was both equally excited and terrified.At 17, whilst everyone else was getting ready for university, I was starting my first full-time job. I still remember turning up on...


Shining a light on STEM careers

Jaz Rabadia MBE, a Chartered Energy Manager, reflects on why it’s more important than ever to encourage more young people, particularly women, into STEM careers.As a mechanical engineering graduate and the only female on my course, I left university with a passion to encourage more women to consider careers in STEM. Often students assume careers...


How studying STEM subjects can open up a world of opportunities

If you asked me 25 or 15 years ago, or even today, what “career” I wanted to have I wouldn’t be able to tell you. But having chosen to study STEM subjects, I have never been short of options.I have always found interesting and challenging jobs - I have worked in a pharmaceutical research and development department, been responsible for quality...


The apprenticeship evolution: embracing the third option

It strikes me that one of the words I have used, written or spoken more than any other in the last ten years is the word ‘apprenticeship’.When I left the Government’s central apprenticeship policy unit after seven years, I thought I would leave it all behind. But it has followed me into roles in an FE college, a local university and now at STEM...


How my apprenticeship has helped me grow

Even though all of my friends went to university, I knew I wanted to do something different. Doing an apprenticeship was the best decision I’ve ever made.I knew that university wasn’t the right route for me and I wanted to start working. However, due to my lack of experience, it was difficult for me to get a job. After doing some research, I...


Why improving gender diversity in STEM should be a priority

Currently, the UK has the lowest proportion of women in engineering of any European country, with females accounting for just 10% of roles and 14% of engineering university places.As part of this small cohort of female engineers, it seems as if thousands of skilled, innovative and talented women aren’t even considering engineering as a career....


My STEM story: five years on

I first stepped foot in the National STEM Learning Centre in December 2012, and I haven’t looked back since.Back in 2012, I travelled from Germany with a colleague to undertake the 'Extending the Role of the Science Subject Leader' CPD. At the time, I had been involved in a bullying investigation in which a colleague was found guilty of bullying...


Overcoming historic loneliness: recollections of SMILE

SMILE (Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment) was a teacher-led curriculum development project. It began in 1972 and was committed to attainment teaching, teacher creativity and an investigative, problem-solving education.Although based in London and supported by the Inner London Education Authority, it influenced thinking about...



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