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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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Simple STEM activities to do at home

I’m a teacher who has lots of experience teaching primary age children. Teaching at home should be easy, right? No, it most certainly isn’t!There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm from my nine-year-old, who is under the impression that he’s on holiday. With the constant interruptions, dive-bombing of online meetings and sloping off to play on...

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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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Creepy classroom: five fun activities to engage children this Halloween

It’s that time of year again – the days are getting shorter and all thoughts are turning to pumpkin-carving, trick-or-treating and seeing who can come up with the best costume ideas.As excitement rises and Halloween creeps ever closer, we’ve put together a selection of fang-tastic activities that are sure to put the spook factor into your lessons...

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Preparing young people for the jobs of tomorrow

Prior to joining STEM Learning, I have always taken an interest in the developing the skills of young people for potential recruiters and making sure that they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to be able to adapt and remain employed. As a parent, it’s important to me to be able to guide my children on what skills and trades they...

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My STEM inspiration: building partnerships between education and industry

Stewart Harrison’s cyber club has recently been shortlisted for a 2018 STEM Inspiration Award. He shares how his club has grown over the last couple of years, and how humbled he is to be among those shortlisted.The starting up of a school cyber club was a rather serendipitous affair after receiving an email from a STEM mailing list. As an ordinary...

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The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Since September 2016, I’ve visited over 200 primary schools across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers and a large proportion of these conversations were associated with technology for the classroom.On the whole, schools and colleges are extremely positive about the impact that technology can have on student...

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Computing in special educational needs and disabilities settings

I carried out a survey of computing teachers in special schools and similar settings in Autumn 2017 to find out the current picture of computing education for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).I was also keen to find out if there were some common strategies and resources being used to teach learners with SEND that...

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The importance of coding for the future

The digital jobs market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with each year more skilled coders in demand.An increasingly sought after aptitude, computer programming skills have become the responsibility of the educator, and not only in higher education. Primary schools and nurseries are key to influencing the next generation of professionals by...

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Harnessing the power of data

In the information age, data is powerful. Data science is one of the fastest growing – and best paid – STEM careers. Many young people have little idea about their data, including how it is collected, analysed and used by governments and powerful corporations.In schools, data is central to both computing and maths but is sometimes taught in silos...

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