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A guide to adding and subtracting directed numbers

The Adding and subtracting directed numbers resource is a concept development lesson from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. The resource has a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding.The lesson develops a model for addition and subtraction of directed numbers by using positive and negative ‘charges’ shown on discs. The...


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Getting started as a newly qualified mathematics teacher

If you have just started your first year of teaching, or are supporting a new teacher in your department, find out how we can help you to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) throughout the next academic year.Online CPDThe STEM teaching program is a suite of free, high-impact professional development courses designed for current or trainee STEM...


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Five ways you can get ready for September

With the mathematics GCSE exams safely over for another year, you might be lucky enough to have some ‘gained time’ this half term. Usually, thoughts will turn to how best to prepare for the next academic year.Whether you are planning how to engage with subject-specific CPD, reviewing your scheme of work, developing links with industry or...


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Core Maths: the story so far

In the 2017 Autumn Budget, the Government announced that schools and colleges will get £600 for every extra student who studies mathematics post-16.The advanced maths premium applies to all level three maths provision. So as well as funding for additional students studying AS and A level mathematics, further mathematics and statistics, the...


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Enriching mathematics with the wonder of engineering

A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and highly creative. Yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them.The Year of Engineering aims to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. It forms an important part of the UK Industrial Strategy, which is committed to boosting engineering across the country...


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How to find a happy number

The World Happiness Report 2017 states that Norway is the happiest nation in the world, with the United Kingdom ranking 19th out of the 51 countries surveyed.20 March 2018 marks the United Nations International Day of Happiness, recognising the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings...


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Overcoming historic loneliness: recollections of SMILE

SMILE (Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment) was a teacher-led curriculum development project. It began in 1972 and was committed to attainment teaching, teacher creativity and an investigative, problem-solving education.Although based in London and supported by the Inner London Education Authority, it influenced thinking about...


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Top 10 most popular secondary mathematics resources of 2017

Here at STEM Learning, we’ve been looking at the most popular secondary mathematics resources hosted on our site, as decided by UK-based teachers.We are excited to reveal, in a true ‘Top of the Pops’ style, a run-down of the top ten of our most downloaded resource collections of 2017.Number 10: SubtangentThe Subtangent website included...


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How expensive is it to travel to the moon?

For most of us, the dream of becoming an astronaut will forever remain unfulfilled. The skills, experience, dedication and physical demands are - pardon the pun- out of this world, and out of reach for most of us.For example, most people know that Tim Peake piloted fighter jets before training to become an astronaut, but did you also know he had...


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What do you need to succeed as a non-specialist teacher of mathematics?

Teacher recruitment has been, and remains, a popular topic in education news. The number of applications to enter the teaching profession fell from 19,330 in 2016 to 12,820 in 2017- a drop of 33%.What does that mean for schools and, in particular, for mathematics departments? Will there be fewer qualified mathematics teachers in the classroom?...


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