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Meet the 2020 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge Judges

The deadline for entries for the 2020 Ultimate STEM Challenge has now closed. This year’s theme focused on ‘wearable tech’ inviting pupils across the UK to come up with amazing ideas for new wearable tech that will improve our lives in the future. For the first time this year, the challenge was opened to 9-11-year-olds across the UK. With entries...

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...

Create a positive cycle of behaviour

Making small shifts in your own behaviour can lead to more positive interactions in your classroom. Yeasmin Mortuza and I are lead educators on the online course Managing behaviour for learning. We recently recorded the first of our video diaries for this course and one of the stand out comments from our discussions was: “We cannot...

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.” ...

Building the future STEM workforce

Esh Group won a 2018 STEM Inspiration Award for an Inspirational STEM Engagement Project, showcasing their interactive workshops and vibrant construction-themed resource kit. Clare Davison, their Social Value Coordinator, reflects on the impact these kits have had.Construction is often wrongly perceived as a male-dominated and physical working...

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...

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...

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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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...

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