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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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Our insightful magazines contain interviews, features, news, and tips on teaching and learning in STEM-related subjects.

Catalyst magazine: subscribe today for cutting-edge science straight to your door

Edition 31 of our Catalyst magazine is now online. With articles on unravelling genetics, climate change vs wildlife and looking for life in our solar system, we think it is a fascinating read.It arrives with a booklet of teachers' notes, full of ideas and lesson plans to bring the articles to life in your classroom.Catalyst is a termly...

The Royal Institution Summer Schools are back

Throughout July and August, the Royal Institution (Ri) is running a series of hands-on workshops, bringing to life all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Students can take part in a variety of sessions led by experts from across industry and academia. The workshops cover everything from extracting DNA and building underwater...

Skills shortage costing STEM sector £1.5bn

current shortfall of 173,000 skilled workers as 89% of STEM businesses struggle to recruitnew STEM roles expected to double in next 10 years: businesses warn of economic impact if skills shortage continuesSTEM Learning calls for businesses to join its efforts to grow the future STEM workforceUK STEM businesses have warned of a growing skills...

Teachers around the UK receive ENTHUSE Celebration Awards

The regional winners of this year’s ENTHUSE Celebration Awards have been announced for Scotland and the North and South of the UK, and put forward for our national final at The Royal Society in June.At celebratory events held at Transport for London’s historic headquarters in London, and the Centre for Life science village in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Inspiring the next generation: how Lubrizol are making a name in the community

A global chemical company, Lubrizol may not be a common household name, yet their products and technologies are in the things we use each day including shampoos, soaps, medicine, on surfaces and in fluids in vehicles, electronic devices and household plumbing systems.The company is firmly committed to making a contribution to...

D&T Association Summer School 2018

The D&T Association Summer School for 2018 is back at De Montfort University, Leicester, this July.This two-day event will address the challenges facing D&T and offer sessions such as:developing D&T and creating a conducive environment for D&T in your schoolsustainability and the 17 UNsustainable development goalsextending the use...

Joint report shows direction of travel for support for STEM Ambassadors

STEM Learning, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), have released a new report representing a year’s work into how to further improve the effectiveness and impact of the STEM Ambassadors programme.STEM Ambassadors are volunteers representing a vast range of STEM-related jobs and...

National Numeracy Day

It seems strange that many people seem happy to admit in public that they are not numbers people. Numbers play such a big part in all of our lives. From household budgeting, to shopping, cooking, planning a journey or working out our team’s chance of winning the league. We all use numbers every day. Despite this, one in every two ...

A day on neuroscience: learning, creativity and consciousness

Join The Weekend University on Sunday 29 April 2018 for a full day of talks from some of the UK's leading psychologists and university professors.Taking place at Birkbeck University of London, this day will feature talks on neuroscience, including lectures on:neuroscience and creativity – Professor Vincent Walsh, UCLthe neuroscience of learning –...

Innovating your curriculum: the future of making in design and technology

It can be hard to show students how what they’re learning in the classroom relates to the real world. Learning for the sake of assessments can feel pointless both for teachers and students, creating a dull atmosphere in lessons. The trick is adapting your curriculum to demonstrate real-life design and technology through the ‘Future of...

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