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Broadening horizons through placements

Sophie, a biology student at the University of York, shares how her 12-month internship with STEM Learning has helped to hone her skills, gain hands-on experience and broaden her horizons.Experiencing things first-hand helps me to decide my next steps. For example, in sixth form, medicine was my main consideration, but following a week’s...

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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Colin Louden

Colin Louden is Head of Science at Lisneal College, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Secondary. We asked him about his experience of winning the award and what it meant to him, the school and the pupils.Winning the award in the category of secondary school STEM...

Meet the winners of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Nicola Connor

Nicola Connor is Class Teacher at the Peel Primary School, Livingston, West Lothian and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Primary. We chatted to her about her experience of winning the award and the difference it has made to her, the school and the pupils.What difference has winning made to the school, teachers...

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Leaders of mathematics: why CPD is invaluable

We spoke to Elliott Wade, Lead teacher of Maths at Leeds City Academy, who has participated in multiple courses here at the National STEM Learning Centre about his experience learning valuable new skills on our ‘New and aspiring leaders of mathematics’ CPD course. Here’s what he had to say:I was first given information about the New and...

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Differentiation: getting the balance right

As every teacher knows, students differ in their capabilities, their knowledge, and their interests.In the early 1980s, the Cockcroft Report (1982) identified a "seven-year-gap" in student achievement in mathematics, motivated by the variation that the Assessment of Performance Unit had found in student response to the simple question: 6099...

Apprenticeships: better skills, better careers

Mention apprenticeships and most people think of plumbing or welding. But times have changed. In a world where having a degree no longer guarantees a degree-level job, apprentices have become a key weapon in closing the ever-widening skills gap that has resulted in the UK achieving one of the lowest productivity rates of the developed world. They...

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