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Educational practices- nurturing creative thinking

This booklet, draws on research and experience to presents eight key principles of creative thinking that are interlinked and interrelated and equally important for nurturing creativity in the educational context.


Creative thinking is defined as the thinking that enables students to apply their...

Improving science teacher retention: do National STEM Learning Network professional development courses keep science teachers in the classroom?

The Wellcome Trust commissioned the research reported here with two aims: to develop a greater understanding of science teacher retention; and to test whether there is any link between subject specific CPD delivered by the National STEM Learning Network and likelihood to stay in the profession.

The research...

Literature review of assessment for learning in science

This literature review, by NFER, sought to address the following research questions:

  • What does AfL in science involve?
  • What AfL techniques are most commonly used in science?
  • Does science make use of different AfL techniques to other subjects?
  • How commonly is AfL used in...

Science Teaching in Schools: Report with Evidence - House of Lords 2005-06

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (the 10th report of the session 2005-06), it focuses on secondary education in England, with regard to: *student attitudes and choices, and the effect on the take-up of science at GCSE and beyond *teaching methods *the recruitment and...

Exploring Young People's Views on Science Education

Published by the Wellcome Trust in September 2011, this report aimed to find a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education, particularly regarding the value young people place on science education (for themselves as individuals and for society in general), as well as the key factors...

Educational practices -guiding principles for learning in the 21st Century

The purpose of this booklet is to offer guiding principles about learning in the twenty-first century. It is intended for teachers, curriculum designers, school leaders, and others involved in all levels of school education and can be used for any age group, as the principles it contains are general enough to be...

The pressure for change and teachers’ motivation for PD

This paper, published in 2010 by Jens Dolin, explores what motivates teachers to participate in development projects involving experimental teaching and especially what the nature of pressure for change means for the engagement of the teachers. It does not deal with CPD organized as ordinary courses, but digs into...

Impact evaluation report – primary science specialist

This report looks at the impact of two National STEM Learning CPD activities - Primary science specialist (2013 -14) and New and aspiring primary science specialist (2014 -15).

The full collection of STEM Learning impact and evaluation research reports can be viewed...

Whole School Approach: Managing Poor Behaviour - Case Study

This document from the Department of Education looks at approaches to managing behaviour throughout the whole school at both a primary and secondary school. As part of the managing behaviour and bullying in schools case studies the resource explores: *Staff response to misbehaviour *'Golden Rules' and tickets *...

Staff Leading by Example: Encouraging Good Behaviour - Case Study

This document from the Department of Education looks at how teachers at schools in the White Horse Federation lead by example to encourage good behaviour and academic achievement. The resource explores strategies including teacher induction on behaviour, language skills and celebrating diversity, as part of the...

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