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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...


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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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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...


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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...


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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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