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.

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Amanda Watts, winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Technicians

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Amanda Watts

Amanda Watts is Director of Science Support at Aldridge School, Walsall, West Midlands and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Technicians. She tells us about her career, the experience of winning the award and what it meant for her personally, the school and the pupils.

Last year I...

Thinking science

Thinking Science: provoking thought and generating discussion

Thinking Science is a stimulating set of philosophical questions that provoke critical thought about physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.

Below is an example of the kind of question created by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where I first came across Thinking...

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November's free Physics CPD from the Stimulating Physics Network

The Institute of Physics and the National Science Learning Network work in partnership to run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics. We're known as the Stimulating Physics Network. As we’re funded by the Department of Education, our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. Find a workshop near you in...

Girls’ take-up of AS-level physics improves faster in SPN schools

Progression to AS-level physics among girls is increasing at double the rate in schools that are part of the Institute’s Stimulating Physics Network (SPN) compared to non-SPN schools.In 2013/14, schools that joined the project in the previous year saw girls’ progression to AS physics go up by 7.6%, compared to just 3.5% in schools that are not...

School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award is open to all teachers who are working with students aged 11-18 years old, teaching pre-university level biology programmes of study, currently employed in a UK based school or college. The 2015/16 award is now open for nominations. This year's winner will receive £500 for themselves and £500...

Join Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre for free online science CPD

The National Science Learning Centre, along with Rising Stars, are hosting a free online CPD webinar on Wednesday 4 November. This webinar will explain what ‘working scientifically’ means in the new curriculum and will provide practical activities to support you in the classroom. All attendees of the webinar will receive a CPD certificate of...

October's free Physics CPD from the Stimulating Physics Network

The Institute of Physics and the National Science Learning Network work in partnership to run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics. We're known as the Stimulating Physics Network. As we’re funded by the Department of Education, our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants.  Find a workshop near you in...

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...

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