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Creating a buzz about STEM

As a Newly Qualified Teacher with a background in chemistry, I was thrilled to get my first teaching post at a school whose headteacher has a passion for science and a desire to develop the subject in school.During my first year, I was supported in leading science by the head and now, nearing the end of my second year teaching, the school is a...

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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...

Full STEAM ahead: bringing engineering to life

In June, ten intrepid Network Rail volunteers, ranging from IT Apprentice to Transformation Director, put on their STEM t-shirts and ventured into a local primary school to support their STEAM week.We kicked off the event by running the whole-school assembly and it was lovely to see some familiar faces from when we attended the school last...

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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...

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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Volunteering, in and out of your comfort zone

Natalie Cheung is a STEM Ambassador and STEM Ambassador Coordinator in the London hub. She was recently awarded the University of Manchester Alumni Volunteer of the Year award and University Medal for Social Responsibility for her International Development voluntary work in Togo and Zambia.I started volunteering as a STEM Ambassador while studying...

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Vocal volunteering, talking tech, speaking STEM

Miranda Webb is an IT and business change leader and STEM Ambassador, who is passionate about community and diversity. She shares her reasons for becoming a STEM Ambassador and a recent experience that reinforced the positive impact that volunteering has.I became a STEM Ambassador because I didn’t think society was doing enough to prepare young...

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Moving smoothly from primary to secondary science

Moving from primary school to secondary school is a very exciting but sometimes daunting experience for many students. When the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is right, we see students get it right; we see students in Year 7 who are engaged, interested and enthusiastic about science; students who are keen to learn and at the same time continue...

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The key to engaging primary science

‘Social learning’, questioning and discussion are key to supporting primary pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them, so in our online course Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started we practice what we preach.Led by primary specialist facilitators, to connect online learners with each other, this foundation primary science...

How volunteers can maximise their impact in the classroom

Natalie Cheung is a civil engineer, STEM Ambassador, STEM Ambassador coordinator and online course mentor.As a member of the STEM London Hub team which helps deliver the STEM Ambassador programme in London, I meet lots of STEM Ambassador volunteers with different backgrounds and careers. They have different levels of experience with working with...

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