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Rolls-Royce science and technology prize now open

From developing an outdoor education hive and an eco-friendly hanging garden to robotics and virtual reality, an incredible range of science-related projects have been recognised and rewarded through the Rolls-Royce science prize, claiming thousands of pounds in prizes.And you could join them as entries open for the now-renamed Rolls-Royce Schools...

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Using Geoboards to develop mathematical thinking

I’m always on the lookout for more unusual questions about run-of-the-mill mathematics topics.When finding the area of a rectangle for example, students very often automatically look for the numbers to put into the formula. I was therefore intrigued by the area maze problems created by Japanese mathematician Naoki Inaba, as featured in Alex Bellos...

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10 ways to use dominoes in your mathematics classroom

Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of certain manipulatives, including Cuisenaire rods and algebra tiles, while other manipulatives have a tendency to gather dust in the maths department store cupboard. Dominoes, for example, are often overlooked.We think it’s time to dust off the dominoes and dive in with these domino-based classroom...

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New year resolutions for a mathematics teacher

It’s the same story each January: take up a new hobby, travel, get fit, lose weight... This year, why not try something different? Learn something newExplore the science of learning with Paul Howard-Jones. Get Tom Bennet’s tips on managing classroom behaviour from Dylan Wiliam. Brush up your mathematics subject knowledge. If these sound up...

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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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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, and its legacy campaign "Engineering: Taking a closer look", aim to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. It forms an important part of the UK...

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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