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How we're helping teachers to support pupils living with disadvantage

 Despite the attainment gap narrowing over the last 20 years in England, the gap between pupils living with disadvantage and their more privileged peers remains stark.  The Education Policy Institute’s annual report (2020) found that the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers had stopped closing for the first...

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Don’t let exams define you, let real people help refine you

How hearing from and meeting STEM Ambassadors can send a truly positive message to young people right now.“My mom always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” This famous quote from the film Forrest Gump attempts to dispense fortune-cookie wisdom about the uncertainties of life, without any...

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Youth Voice Census Report 2020

How can STEM Learning address the challenges facing young people?The publication of the 2020 Youth Voice Census Report by Youth Employment UK is a timely reminder of the need to listen to and value the voices of young people. The report demonstrates some of the concerns young people have for the future and offers some insight into young people’s...

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Embedding employability skills and engaging students in STEM

How can we better integrate employability skills into science teaching? Sarah Longshaw, our Lead at the Cheshire & The Wirral Science Learning Partnership (SLP), looks at how one school in their area got Year 9 and 10 students enthusiastic to explore STEM careers.For Alsager, a Triple Science Intensive school, the inspiration to...

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Fast Tracking Innovation in STEM Inspiration

Winning the Innovation in STEM Inspiration award, the Fast Trackers programme was praised for its engaging and comprehensive mix of activities. James Richards, Engineering Capability Manager at Network Rail, tells us more about how the programme was put together.The Fast Trackers programme has defined a new benchmark in award-winning...

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STEM skills in any career

Does studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at school, college or university mean you can only do STEM for the rest of your life? Can you only do that bit of STEM that you’ve been taught for the rest of your life? The answer to that is a huge, fat no!I am an engineer that works in education. And I know a physicist who is a...

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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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Your careers advice

Ahead of National Careers Week, 2-7 March, we asked on LinkedIn and Twitter for your best pieces of careers advice, and you certainly delivered. Thanks to everyone who contributed - your input is always appreciated. Here is a selection of what you offered. A common theme is making sure you enjoy whatever you do Always be ready...

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Food: it’s not just cooking - it’s science

A graduate starting salary of around £24,000, opportunities for international travel, continuing professional development and hundreds of vacancies on offer – the chilled food sector has a lot to offer.However, careers in the industry are often perceived as focusing on cooking, or being a chef, meaning the STEM principles that underpin everything...

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Careers in the STEM curriculum

I’m guessing pretty much every teacher has been asked the question “Why do we need to know this?” by a student at some point in their career. What answer would you give to them? If it is to suggest linking learning to the world outside of the classroom, giving examples of people who use that skill or knowledge as part of their job, or maybe...

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