Inspiring teenagers to pursue maths further

‘What’s the point of Pythagoras Miss?  He’s been dead for more than 2000 years!’ It’s the sort of question that every teacher dreads, though teenagers have every right to ask it. 

The answer: ‘Because it will help you get a good grade in GCSE’ might be true, but it’s not a response likely...

Jane Winter, course facilitator

Introduction to assessment for learning: process over product

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experienced mentors for our free online courses on Assessment for Learning. Here, they share a highlight from the course discussions, captured as part of their course video diary.

Yeasmin and I have been enjoying working with participants on STEM Learning's...

Students from Wimbledon High at the BP STEM festival

The Engineering Education Scheme: the benefits of volunteering as a mentor

Brogan MacDonald is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has recently completed a six-month-long STEM Ambassador activity. She discusses the benefits of long-term STEM engagement and how mentoring has developed her personally and professionally.  

As a STEM Ambassador, it is certainly...

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BBC micro:bit and the National STEM Centre

The BBC micro:bit is the biggest BBC Education project in 30 years, and the National STEM Centre is a key educational partner. Throughout the BBC Make it Digital season we’ll be supporting teachers to make the most of this unique opportunity, which climaxes with the delivery of one million micro:bit programmable devices to 11 and 12 year...

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...

Join our ten year celebration

On 1 November, the National Science Learning Centre will be celebrating ten years since the first course took place. To celebrate this, we are hosting an open day between 12:30-17:00, and you’re invited! To coincide with the upcoming Bonfire Night on 5 November, we investigate the chemistry of fireworks with help from Matthew Tosh – a...

Sir Mike Griffiths praises the National Science Learning Centre

Sir Mike Griffiths, chair of the National Science Learning Network Strategy Group, has written a blog for SecEd.This blog proposes a suggestion that teachers, as professionals, should control the curriculum. This would help to ensure that plenty of outstanding people are attracted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching...

Expert group calls for new ways to improve teacher training and sharing of expertise

On Monday 7 September the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group released a major Call for Evidence to ask the sector for its views on how to construct a new Teachers’ Professional Development Standard.Recent research has shown that many common approaches to professional development aren’t effectively helping teachers and pupils. The...

Take on the Ultimate STEM Challenge

BP has launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge, a competition in partnership with the Science Museum and STEMNET. This year, students aged 11-14 across the UK are being challenged to use their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to develop energy efficient solutions to real-world challenges. Pupils...

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