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School Organisation and STEM Career-related Learning

Published in August 2013 by the The National STEM Learning Centre and Network, the aim of this research project was to identify the range of factors that shape senior leadership team decisions with regards to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career-related learning.

Evidence has shown...

Evaluation of the STEM Pathfinder Programme

An evaluation, published in October 2009,  of the STEM Pathfinder programme was carried out by NFER on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), and draws on evidence gathered from twenty-nine of the participating forty schools.

The evaluation sought to provide findings on the...

Understanding Technological Approaches

This report, published in 1994, evaluated the research activities and results of the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) project in design and technology designed by the Technology Education Research Unit at Goldsmiths College. Data taken from the APU tests undertaken by students was used to determine the levels...

The most able students: examining failure to achieve

Ofsted survey report investigating why many of the most able students from non-selective schools fail to achieve their potential.

Final report of the Commission on assessment without levels

DfE Advice for schools on assessment after the removal of the national curriculum levels system for grading children.

Pages 20-24 cover the principles that underpin assessment policies.

Page 41 recommends what trainees should learn about assessment during their training.  

Page 38 onwards...

Triple science support School Case Study: Pate’s Grammar School

From triple science support, this case study focuses on the Pate’s Triple Science Network. The Pate’s network had three specific objectives, which have been based on the characteristics of local schools. These are to increase uptake of triple science, increase the confidence of teachers to...

Triple science support School Case Study: Nottingham Triple Science Network

From triple science support, this case study focuses on the Nottingham Triple Science Network launched 2012 with funding to develop literacy resources and practicals for triple science, as well as a programme of CPD. The network aimed to increase students’ attainment by stimulating the...

Triple science support School Case Study: Newham and Waltham Forest

From triple science support, this case study describes how Newham and Waltham Forest have set up the Triple Science Network (TSN) after the local authority funding constraints led to the withdrawal of subject advisors in the local schools.

Through CPD and targeted support, schools...

Triple science support School Case Study: Redcar and Cleveland Triple Science Network

From triple science support, this case study focuses on the Redcar and Cleveland Triple Science Network. Their main aims were:

• The development and delivery of CPD for non-specialists (particularly at Key Stage Three).

• The development of a support network to help teachers...

Triple science support School Case Study: Small Heath School

From triple science support, this case study looks at Small Heath School which has faced a number of challenges preventing in sustaining the delivery of triple science.

The challenges included timetabling restrictions, which constrained the amount of class time available within the...

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