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Investigating social mobility in STEM subjects and careers

Last year, the Social Mobility Commission issued a comprehensive report exploring the transition from school to the workplace amongst several types of pupil group within the UK.In particular, the commission was interested in why White British males have better employment rates and more social mobility options than females and in particular, those...

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Working with the future generation of STEM: Mihika’s story

An inventor and award-winning primary school engineer, Mihika Sharma is certainly not your average six year old.Last year she won the London Special Leaders Award, a STEM programme by Primary Engineer in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering at University College London (UCL), designed to encourage primary school children to engage with...

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ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2016: an interview with winner Rose Russell

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise the impact teachers, technicians and support staff have on their students as a result of professional development delivered across our network.A key milestone within the academic year, shortlisted schools and individuals are invited to a high profile dinner where they can showcase their work.2016 saw seven...

Five inspirational ideas for British Science Week

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Organised by the British Science Association it features fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. Anyone and everyone can organise an event or activity, and people come up with weird and...

How lessons in 3D printing can help creative pupils shine

Wriiten by Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printerIt feels like we’ve all been excited about 3D printing for a long time. For years it’s been the hot new thing on the horizon - a technology which will turn us into a world of makers designing and creating our own creations.While the...

Developing relationships between school and home

Jane Winter – Professional Development Leader at CIEC (University of York) and Schools Advisory TeacherResearch suggests that involving families in children’s learning can have a positive effect on long term outcomes.However, the relationship between school and home does not always go smoothly. There can be stress and anxiety on both sides as...

Inspire SEN children with outdoor learning

Manette Carroll, Forest Schools Teacher - Bielefeld School, GermanyFor me the most rewarding part of SEN and outdoor learning is when students see the rewards themselves.One particular example was when I worked very closely with two students during a pilot to develop outdoor learning. They came bounding up to me in the corridor and screamed that I...

What’s the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with my classroom?

Internet of things, IoT, smart homes and cities, machine-to-machine communications… whatever you call it, it’s big and growing fast.It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will connect to the internet, integrating with the physical world and sharing data.If you have a smart TV or thermostat, use a fitness monitor, touch your...

The art of submitting proposals to senior leaders

Any great senior leadership team will have teaching and learning at the heart of every decision. The question is: how do you pitch your ideas for science, STEM and CPD in a context which senior leaders will understand and support?I have created a document, which hopefully you can use as inspiration - edit it, copy and paste chunks of it into your...

Using GIFs in the classroom

Do you insert GIFs into your PowerPoints? A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format, which is basically a moving image) can be a powerful tool in lessons for engaging students and capturing their attention, and using them has a number of benefits.Firstly, showing them a short moving image, for example, electrons lining up and moving when a circuit...

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