Willow Brook Primary School

Science Capital: a primary perspective

At Willow Brook Primary School, we have been on a mission to raise the Science Capital of our pupils.

The Science Capital concept was first developed in the ASPIRES project – a longitudinal study tracking how young people develop their science and career aspirations from the age of 10.

Many experts have talked...

STEM competitions and challenges

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.

The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial...

Directed numbers - example using number four

A guide to adding and subtracting directed numbers

The Adding and subtracting directed numbers resource is a concept development lesson from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. The resource has a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding.

The lesson develops a model for addition and subtraction of directed numbers by using positive and negative ‘...

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Scientix connects STEM education to the real world

Over the past six years, the Scientix project has helped thousands of teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools across Europe to experiment in their classroom, adopt innovative teaching and learning methods, and inspire future generations.These achievements were celebrated at the EMINENT conference in...

Additional bursary support for future subject leaders

To support future subject leaders, we are pleased to be able to provide additional bursary funding for the following leadership continuing professional development (CPD) activities.The generous bursary covers the cost of the CPD activity, which includes accommodation and meals, and provides funding towards the cost of travel to attend the activity...

Apprentice award success

Our Finance Apprentice Trainee, Lauren Armstrong, was last night named as York’s Apprentice of the Year at a glittering award ceremony held at the Royal York Hotel.Lauren was one of five shortlisted apprentices in the category of Apprentice of the Year aged 16-24 (SME - small medium employer) with judges commenting that the quality of...

The Science of Life competition 2016

Get signed up for next year's project competition, The Science of Life: How your body works.Understanding Life are inviting all 16-19 year olds to design and complete their own physiology research project, with the help of an academic mentor, and present their findings to scientists at The Physiological Society. With the Olympics in 2016...

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...

Webinar: web-based resources for inquiry-based learning

The National STEM Centre will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 4.30pm to demonstrate how teachers can access and use Scientix and their bank of resources.Scientix is an initiative that promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers and other...

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...

The Wellcome Trust launch primary school version of Questions for Governors

The Wellcome Trust are thrilled to inform that this month saw the launch of the new primary school version of the Questions for Governors website. This release comes hoping that their free online resource will prove helpful and informative for those that use it as well as easy to navigate. The questions found within the framework can help...

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...

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