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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News roundup from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network I Spring 2016

Spring term brings with it with many exciting new starts, and it’s the same for the Centre and its Network. We can look back on a busy and productive Autumn term with a range of great events and activities to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning.Here is our news roundup of recent happenings: STEM...

School awarded gold mark for its science teaching

County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds is one of two schools to receive a gold mark for its science teaching. This comes as a result of the new quality standard, Science Mark.Science Mark recognises good, excellent and outstanding practice in secondary science departments across the UK.This school was one of the 13 who were asked to pilot the new...

The 2016 IOP Awards nominations are now open

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is seeking nominations for the 2016 awards. Your help is needed to nominate the most outstanding individuals in their respective fields of physics.The awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements in industry, business and research as well as contributions made to outreach and education.The most relevant...

Welcome to our new website!

 The National STEM Centre - along with the National Science Learning Network, ESERO-UK and HEaTED – have all now moved to a brand new website: stem.org.uk. All our resources, CPD activities and blogs are now collected into one, easy-to-access place. The new site is mobile and tablet friendly, allowing you to access everything we have to...

Ten great experiments for ten great years

As part of the National Science Learning Centre’s ten year celebration, we have posted ten different experiments on the eLibrary suited for secondary school students to undertake.These practical experiments and demonstrations have been chosen by the National Science Learning Centre and key partners, and contain a combination of videos, activities...

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...

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