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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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Science in the primary classroom is beneficial

Here at the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, we were very interested to read Ofsted's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments this month on the study of science in primary schools.He emphasises the lack of science teaching in primary schools, and the variable quality of the teaching. Our organisation covers cross-curricular...

Online STEM teaching programme

We’ve developed a suite of online CPD designed to support teachers of STEM subjects across primary, secondary and post-16.A combination of our three online activities – Managing behaviour for learning, Assessment for learning, and Differentiating for learning – aims to help you gain a better understanding of a variety classroom techniques.Here’s a...

The importance of careers education in schools

“Careers education given to secondary school students can be linked to higher earnings in adult life.”This research has been published in the Journal of Education and Work and was mentioned in BBC news last week.Careers talks and lessons, including outside speakers, have been seen to indicate a long lasting employment impact, reinforcing the...

Don’t miss your chance to be celebrated!

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards closing date for applications is fast approaching (27 May 2016) so be sure you don’t miss your chance to enjoy the limelight.The awards recognise and celebrate the positive impact that teachers, technicians and support staff have on their students, colleagues and wider school or college, through ENTHUSE...

Last chance to book onto the Using STEM research conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the Using STEM research conference on the 20 and 21 May 2016. We’re getting ready for our third conference on research based teaching and we can’t wait to hear from some of our esteemed speakers.Here are a few snippets of what we’ve got in store…Dr David Spendlove (Manchester Institute of Education, University...

New guidance launched to help businesses close STEM skills gap

A new report launched today offers guidance for businesses that are looking to provide support and inspiration for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools.The report has been produced as part of Project ENTHUSE, a partnership between businesses, charities and government that provides funding and support for high-quality...

Bring research alive with the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants

The Royal Society are offering schools the opportunity to apply for one of their Partnership Grants. This scheme offers up to £3,000 to UK schools or colleges to give pupils aged 5-18 the chance to get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects.The grant can be used to buy the equipment needed to run a STEM...

Research conference insight: TAPS on primary assessment

After the introduction of the new assessment and accountability measures (2015), many primary schools need support to develop valid and reliable teacher assessment that will make a positive impact on children’s learning. These are also the main aims of the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project.The project, led by the Institute for...

Enter The Great Bug Hunt Competition

Get your pupils outside and learning about living things and their habitats with The Great Bug Hunt Competition. Simply identify a local habitat, get your pupils to explore and discover the mini beasts (bugs) that live there, draw them and record their findings – it’s that easy!“The Great Bug Hunt competition is a fun and fascinating way to...

Win £1,000 for your school or college with the Rolls-Royce Science Prize!

Celebrating ten years, the Rolls-Royce Science Prize offers teachers the opportunity to implement innovative teaching ideas in science and mathematics into their school or college.All you need is to supply an action plan for the ideas you think would be most beneficial for your school or college.Your plan needs to detail a teaching idea or project...

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