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Rosalind Franklin - superhero with x-ray eyes

Rosalind Elsie Franklin, a STEM role model before STEM was even spoken about, continues to inspire a new generation of young people, having been immortalised on a 50p coin.When we think of Notting Hill, West London, most would name the famous carnival, or the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts romcom. Few would mention the birthplace of one of the most...

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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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Trainee teacher? We are here to help

We recognise that it is a very challenging time for trainee teachers. You should be consolidating your skills and knowledge this term in a school environment, but instead you may be feeling under-equipped to start teaching in September.At STEM Learning, we are determined to support you to develop your subject knowledge, subject-specific pedagogy,...

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Engaging teens with science

If you’ve ever shown a young child a simple science experiment you will know that, in their eyes, you are now a wizard. With some nurturing, science engagement in children can be quite straightforward to grow and maintain. But then, they evolve into a terrifying sub-species… the teenager.Suddenly all the tips and tricks you once had down to a tee...

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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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Early careers support for science teachers

Within the north-west of England, we became aware through feedback from the schools we work with of a need to support teachers in the early stages of their careers.This awareness was reinforced by a report from Wellcome, which showed that science teachers are more likely to leave the profession than their non-science peers. This is especially...

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Meet Jen: Trainee Clinical Scientist

My name is Jen and I’m a trainee Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Department at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds. I’m currently training to become a qualified Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics as part of the national Scientist Training Programme.Before I go into too much detail about my current role, I’ll just give you a bit of...

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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Richard Spencer

Dr Richard Spencer, Head of Science at Middlesbrough College, and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching –  Further Education category shares his experience about the difference the award has made to him, his school and pupils.Many teachers go ‘above and beyond’ their day-to-day commitments....

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Why should teachers care about what happens in the brain?

How can a scientific understanding of how the brain works inform the way you teach?On our free Science of Learning online course, teachers from all over the world have come together to work out their meaning to the big question ‘what is learning?’ Throughout the course, participants are exploring the science behind how students engage with...

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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