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Is employer engagement the key to overcoming the STEM skills shortage?

A recent study by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has found that almost half (43%) of STEM vacancies are “hard to fill”.

This means that, as a pre-emptive strategy for ensuring young people are positively influenced by STEM subjects at a young age, employer engagement is vital. Connecting...

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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...

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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...

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£15,000 available to highlight science and technology achievements

The Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council’s Public Engagement Spark Awards have returned.Awards of up to £15,000 are available to schools and STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups to:encourage and support high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s...

Tell us what you think of the STEM Learning magazines (and be in with a chance of winning)

We hope you have enjoyed reading issue 8 and 9 of the STEM Learning magazines. As we move into the fourth year of the magazines, we want to ensure that they still help, support and inspire you to try something different in your classroom.Let us know what you thinkWe have created a short survey so you can tell us what you think about our...

Grants available for your engineering projects

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5-19.Funding is available for UK-based engineering projects, which aim to inspire young people with the world of engineering. As this year’s scheme is being supported by the Year of Engineering,...

Cisco Little Big Futures celebration events

We are holding two celebration events on Monday 23 April 2018 at the National STEM Learning Centre in York and Tuesday 1 May 2018 at Cisco Headquarters in London.Cisco Little Big Futures is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of resources to use across the STEM subjects and for your STEM Clubs. The resources introduce upcoming...

Bring your badge to work is back!

We are excited to announce that our STEM Ambassadors community initiative “bring your badge to work” will return this April.Designed to celebrate and inspire our volunteer network, last year’s campaign received so many fantastic responses that we have decided to run it again.Throughout the course of the month, we are looking for STEM...

Improving post-16 maths education in England’s colleges

The Mathematics in Further Education Colleges project will produce evidence-based advice on how to improve post-16 mathematics education in England’s colleges.The project explores the complex issues that affect students’ mathematics progression in further education, focusing in particular on the pathways of low-attaining 16-18 year olds.Given...

Polar Explorer programme: get involved and boost attainment in STEM subjects

Join our exciting free programme, the Polar Explorer programme.State-funded primary schools across the UK who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their school, are invited to apply for the Polar Explorer programme – a £1m government-funded project, aiming to inspire the next...

Walton Priory School wins BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Young scientists from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have been announced as this year’s winners of the Ultimate STEM Challenge.Four students from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have won the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge at an event held at the Science Museum in London. Aimee, Eve, Jenny and Megan were praised by the judges for their...

The Royal Institution national debate: should our smartphones always be listening?

The Royal Institution is asking young people in schools throughout the UK and Ireland to debate one simple question: ‘Should our smartphones always be listening?’ The answers will explore the concept of privacy through the eyes of the next generation. As they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, they offer the unique perspective...

Let Teachers SHINE: £15,000 grants available to help your students

SHINE’s Let Teachers SHINE competition is offering up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.If you’re a creative, passionate teacher who has an exciting new idea that will really make a difference, then the Let Teachers SHINE competition for you.Open to any qualified,...

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