Moving smoothly from primary to secondary science

Moving from primary school to secondary school is a very exciting but sometimes daunting experience for many students. When the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is right, we see students get it right; we see students in Year 7 who are engaged, interested and enthusiastic about science; students who are keen to learn and at the same...

Jen Cannon: Trainee Clinical Scientist

Meet Jen: Trainee Clinical Scientist

My name is Jen and I’m a trainee Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Department at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds. I’m currently training to become a qualified Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics as part of the national Scientist Training Programme.

Before I go into too much detail about my current role, I’ll just...

Primary science online course

The key to engaging primary science

‘Social learning’, questioning and discussion are key to supporting primary pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them, so in our online course Teaching Primary Science: Getting Started we practice what we preach.

Led by primary specialist facilitators, to connect online learners with each other,...

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Jonathan Haslam gives us a snippet on his conference talk

Presenting at our Using STEM research conference, Jonathan Haslam provides us with STEM specific case studies on evidence-based teaching and applying research findings to enhance teaching and learning of STEM subjects. Jonathan is the Manager of Dissemination for the Institute of Effective education. Titled ‘Evidence for the frontline: more...

Don’t miss the mathematics of games family day!

The National STEM Learning Centre is hosting a free family day, suitable for 7-14 year olds, to explore mathematics through fun and games. On Saturday 30 April 2016, take part in hands-on lectures, become a mathematics magician and visit our stands filled with games all related to mathematics. Think mathematics is just doing sums? Then this will...

STEM Learning and STEMNET – working together to secure the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK

In order to maximise the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for all young people in the UK, the boards of STEM Learning Ltd and STEMNET are pleased to announce their intention to enter into merger discussions with a view to combining their operations by 1 August 2016.For more than a decade, both organisations...

I'm an engineer get me out of here!

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here is a free, online event that gives your students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers. It’s an X Factor-style competition between engineers, with students as the judges.Students log in to the site and submit questions for the engineers to answer by the next day. Each question answered stays...

Education Minister promotes TIPS and TAPS placements!

Nick Gibb, Minister of Education, stated the value of our Teacher Industrial Partners' Scheme (TIPS) and Teacher Academic Placement Scheme (TAPS) as he answered a question prompted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in their Engineered in Britain report. IMechE are ENTHUSE partners and part funders of our...

Teacher CPD – which ‘type’ is most appropriate for you?

An evaluation of MEI’s wide-ranging CPD provision, presenters Stephen Lee and Bernard Murphy from MEI join us at our Using STEM research conference on 20-21 May 2016. Confused about which CPD to go for? This talk is the one for you!Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) is an independent charity, committed to improving mathematics education....

Toot Hill School wins the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Yesterday, three students from Toot Hill School in Nottinghamshire won the Ultimate STEM Challenge competition at the Science Museum in London.The Ultimate STEM challenge aims to get young people excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, helping to encourage students to continue studying and perusing STEM...

BBC micro:bit delivery date confirmed for students

The BBC have been working hard to develop the BBC micro:bit, which will be delivered to Year 7 students across the UK. This project is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years.Over the past few weeks, teachers have been receiving their own devices to use before they are delivered to their students. The BBC have said that the reaction they...

Confirmed speaker!

We’re releasing the details of one of our confirmed speakers for this year’s Using STEM research conference. This is a two day conference on the 20-21 May 2016 featuring the latest ideas and practices in how to use STEM research to improve your teaching.Director of Professional Development at Sheffield Hallam Centre for Science Education, Julie...

Changes to our social media

As you may have noticed, we have recently changed our name on Twitter and Facebook to STEM Learning UK. To keep up to date with the latest news, blogs, CPD and resources, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @STEMLearningUK. If you previously followed us on the National STEM Centre account, you will automatically follow our new account....


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