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Ofsted’s focus on behaviour

Ofsted’s new framework includes behaviour as a separate judgement. How should schools respond to this?I spoke to the DfE’s behaviour advisor Tom Bennett, who provides guidance to participants on our online course Managing behaviour for learning, about how he feels a school leadership team should approach behaviour in light of the change in the...


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Off to a flying start: the benefits of taking part in STEM competitions

Neil Wright is a design and technology teacher at William Far School in Welton, Lincolnshire. For the first time last year, he offered Year 9 students the opportunity to take part in a hands-on STEM competition. We chatted to Neil about his experience of getting involved and the impact this has had on his students.In 2018 for the first time, we...


Science Capital: making science relevant

Many young people see science as irrelevant to them, as the academic nature of much of the science taught in secondary schools appears to be geared towards those who are going to end up wearing white coats in labs or being doctors. Or at least that’s how it can be perceived, not just by young people, but their families as well.Much has been tried...


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Become an OVO Energy Innovator

Become an OVO Energy Innovator and help us have a positive impact on our planet for generations to come!OVO Energy is looking for creative solutions that tackle the core barriers to cycling and encourage more people to pedal their way to a zero-carbon future. If you think you’ve got a great, sustainable idea that could inspire more people to...


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Are you prepared for Ofsted’s ‘Quality of Education’?

Being a teacher is a rollercoaster experience with a daily diet of highs and lows, exhilaration, excitement, challenges and, possibly around this time of year, exhaustion! It is no surprise that many are crying ‘Stop the ride, I want to get off!’Teacher recruitment, but also, crucially, retention is the single main concern of heads and...


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First year of STEM Club: the successes and the struggles

Despite teaching for a few years now, this is my first experience of running a weekly STEM Club. It has not been without its challenges but it is certainly worth doing. I have wanted to share a bit about my experience and why we wanted to set up a STEM Club in our school.Our science department has recently gone through some transition - in the...


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Why provide STEM opportunities?

Over the past three years, I have facilitated different STEM opportunities for students in the schools I have taught at, as part of the science faculty extracurricular activities. I had already been teaching science for four years before applying myself to these new challenges, but am so glad that I did and would urge any teachers interested in...


Introduction to assessment for learning: process over product

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experienced mentors for our free online courses on Assessment for Learning. Here, they share a highlight from the course discussions, captured as part of their course video diary.Yeasmin and I have been enjoying working with participants on STEM Learning's Introducing Assessment for...


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The Engineering Education Scheme: the benefits of volunteering as a mentor

Brogan MacDonald is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has recently completed a six-month-long STEM Ambassador activity. She discusses the benefits of long-term STEM engagement and how mentoring has developed her personally and professionally.  As a STEM Ambassador, it is certainly possible to wow a class of students with a...


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Equality, diversity and inclusion: how STEM Ambassadors are inspiring the next generation

Sotira Georgiou is a Structural Engineer at Ramboll and is the Lead of Ramboll UK STEM Network as part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As a passionate and enthusiastic STEM Ambassador, Sotira has an active role in inspiring the younger generation on the importance of STEM subjects.Ramboll’s STEM network is focussed on...


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