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Confidence in communication

When first stepping into a classroom, one of the biggest worries for STEM Ambassadors is “Will these young people enjoy the activity or just switch off? Will they understand what I’m telling them?” Nabih Asif, from our London STEM Ambassador Hub reflects on how you can improve your confidence in communication.STEM Learning offers a fantastic...

Trainee teacher? We are here to help

We recognise that it is a very challenging time for trainee teachers. You should be consolidating your skills and knowledge this term in a school environment, but instead you may be feeling under-equipped to start teaching in September.At STEM Learning, we are determined to support you to develop your subject knowledge, subject-specific pedagogy,...

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Educators and employers promote careers

Catrin Williams, STEM Coordinator for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, was one of our winners of an ENTHUSE Celebration Award, specifically for Excellence in STEM teaching: post 16. She was commended for her work embedding real-world STEM careers into the curriculum. She tells us about the challenges and successes of working with...

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Differentiation: empowering learners

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experience mentors for our free Differentiation for Learning online course. Here, they share an element of their roles they particularly enjoy recording our video diaries, as it is an opportunity to highlight what course participants have written. Ross, one of the teachers participating on the course,...

International Volunteer Day 2019

Did you know for 2018-2019 STEM Ambassadors contributed an astonishing 531,149 volunteer hours? For ​International Volunteer Day (taking place on 5 December) we wanted to celebrate our wonderful community of STEM Ambassadors, each of whom give their time to inspire young people into studying STEM subjects and ...

The Attenborough effect: get young people interested in STEM

Rachel Hall from educational resource provider Busy Things shares her top tips for getting your pupils interested in STEM subjectsMore people are developing a passion for sustainability, finding environmentally friendly options for their food, clothes and many other aspects of their lifestyle. This is, in part, thanks to Sir David Attenborough’s...

Inspiring STEM Technicians in schools and communities

Catching up with the winners of the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards, we talked to Sophie Finch, our Outstanding STEM Technician. I had just returned to work after a fantastic A level physics course at the National STEM Learning Centre, and had received an email from the course leader saying “I think this would be great for you Sophie.” ...

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...

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...

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Richard Spencer

Dr Richard Spencer, Head of Science at Middlesbrough College, and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching –  Further Education category shares his experience about the difference the award has made to him, his school and pupils.Many teachers go ‘above and beyond’ their day-to-day commitments....

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