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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...

Colin Louden receiving an ENTHUSE Celebration Award

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...

Computing STEM Ambassador

Starting out as a STEM Ambassador: tell your story and inspire young people

I count myself to be extremely fortunate with the exposure I got to STEM careers as a kid. Even at a very young age I saw what a day to day work of an engineer involves as my father was a civil engineer.

I loved the experience I got when I went on site visits with him, looked at project designs and asked...

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National Science Learning Network receives prominent mention in TES

Last week, at a high profile forum at the Wellcome Trust in London, the National Science Learning Network revealed its Impact report on ten years of supporting teachers.The new report outlines five key lessons that the Network has learned from a decade of supporting STEM teachers, and summarises evaluative evidence of the impact of the...

BBC micro:bit and the National STEM Centre

The BBC micro:bit is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years, and the National STEM Centre is a key educational partner. Throughout the BBC Make it Digital season we’ll be supporting teachers to make the most of this unique opportunity, which climaxes with the delivery of one million micro:bit programmable devices to 11 and 12 year...

New initiative for teacher development triples in size

A further 10 schools have been awarded the status of SPN Link School with Adviser – providing the opportunity for these schools to lead on the professional development for teachers of physics in schools across their areas. The 10 schools, located in Hull, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Birmingham, Wiltshire, Kent, East Sussex, Hampshire and Devon...

The National Science Learning Network celebrates 10 years of supporting science education

The National Science Learning Network has today released a report “Lessons in Excellent Science Education” which shows the significant impact that the Network has had on teaching of science and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects across the UK.This year, 2015, marks ten years since the National Science Learning...

Join our ten year celebration

On 1 November, the National Science Learning Centre will be celebrating ten years since the first course took place. To celebrate this, we are hosting an open day between 12:30-17:00, and you’re invited! To coincide with the upcoming Bonfire Night on 5 November, we investigate the chemistry of fireworks with help from Matthew Tosh – a...

Sir Mike Griffiths praises the National Science Learning Centre

Sir Mike Griffiths, chair of the National Science Learning Network Strategy Group, has written a blog for SecEd.This blog proposes a suggestion that teachers, as professionals, should control the curriculum. This would help to ensure that plenty of outstanding people are attracted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching...

Expert group calls for new ways to improve teacher training and sharing of expertise

On Monday 7 September the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group released a major Call for Evidence to ask the sector for its views on how to construct a new Teachers’ Professional Development Standard.Recent research has shown that many common approaches to professional development aren’t effectively helping teachers and pupils. The...

Take on the Ultimate STEM Challenge

BP has launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge, a competition in partnership with the Science Museum and STEMNET. This year, students aged 11-14 across the UK are being challenged to use their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to develop energy efficient solutions to real-world challenges. Pupils...

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