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Who Wants to Be a Zoologist?

Produced by ARKive, a database of stunning natural history images, this activity is designed to teach students aged 11-14 about the identifiable features of different types of animals and how they are classified. The activity is also suitable for students aged 14-16 and beyond.

Using a quiz format, students...

Biodiversity and Evolution (Age 16-18)

From ARKive, this hands-on activity is designed to remind post-16 students about the concepts of biodiversity, evolution and Darwin’s theory of natural selection. By investigating biodiversity and the process of evolution students learn how traits beneficial for survival are selected for and genetically passed on...

Showcasing careers in STEM

An activity where  students use the  Start website to find out which careers are linked to  subjects including science, technology, engineering, D&T and mathematics. In groups the students are asked to  select two  particular STEM careers and create...

Costain bingo

This activity  from Plotr uses the game of bingo as a way of  getting students to  think creatively about the range of careers available in STEM sectors, particularly careers in construction and engineering.

Opportunities in numbers

This activity allows students to  research and present data, using live job and apprenticeship vacancy information found at plotr.co.uk as a stimulus.  Students practise using mathematical tools to present information. The activity will  familiarise pupils with...

Improving Young People's Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

This paper, published to coincide with Science and Engineering Week 2013, presents evidence from research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to explore how to encourage further engagement in, and take-up of, STEM subjects. It discusses why STEM education is important and looks at...

Careers Engagement: a Good Practice Brief for Leaders of Schools and Colleges

This report highlights the principles of effective Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) as evidenced and agreed by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL); the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL); the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER); and the 157 Group. The...

Tools to help schools engage with research and in enquiry

This paper, from April 2016, looks at how there is a growing interest and desire amongst teachers, policy-makers and others for teaching practice to be better aligned to research findings.

NFER has developed a range of products and services designed to help schools engage with research and in enquiry. This...

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...

British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is open to students around the world.The BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. In offering a wider syllabus than A level, it allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly...

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