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Basmati basmati

This play allows children to explore biodiversity through movement and music in a fun and engaging way.  It looks at how consumer demand drives the growing of a particular type of rice in India and the consequences if a disease or pest affects the growth of rice crops.

Great for use in an assembly or in...

Royal Society Partnership Grants: your chance to be awarded £3,000!

The Royal Society have opened their Partnership Grant scheme to support schools in enabling students aged 5-18 the chance to get involved in STEM projects. There are grants of up to £3,000 available to schools.Since its inception in November 2000, over £1.3 million has been awarded to over 800 schools and...

Differentiation: getting the balance right

As every teacher knows, students differ in their capabilities, their knowledge, and their interests.In the early 1980s, the Cockcroft Report (1982) identified a "seven-year-gap" in student achievement in mathematics, motivated by the variation that the Assessment of Performance Unit had found in student response to the simple question: 6099 +...

World Teach In returns for its third year

World Teach In is a two day STEM CPD event for primary and secondary teachers.Now in its third year, each day promises inspiring talks and practical workshops from leading STEM education experts such as Professor Robert Winston, Professor Alice Roberts, and scientist and presenter Fran Scott.World Teach In will be...

BBC micro:bit

For teachers using the BBC micro:bit in the classroom, this group is the place to share ideas, resources, links and news. 

The art of submitting proposals to senior leaders

Any great senior leadership team will have teaching and learning at the heart of every decision. The question is: how do you pitch your ideas for science, STEM and CPD in a context which senior leaders will understand and support?I have created a document, which hopefully you can use as inspiration - edit it, copy and paste chunks of it into your own...

Summer fun with the BBC micro:bit

It is again the time of year that I really miss being a teacher. The well-earned summer break is a chance to relax, stock up on vitamin D and maybe spend some time thinking of the next academic year.So why not combine a little forward planning with a lot of fun, and try out some BBC micro:bit projects?The BBC Make it Digital team have done a great job in...

Are we as staff development practitioners fit for the future?

This is the question that will be explored at the SDF National Conference 2016.Taking place on 9-10 November 2016, and organised by the Staff Development Forum, this conference will concentrate on the impact that learning and development is having already and will identify what impact this can have in the future....
If you and your students are entering this year's BP Ultimate STEM Challenge competition, we've pulled together some resources here to support you with the Auto Arms challenge. 

Embedding evaluation in CPD for effective outcomes and higher impact

This Powerpoint presentation from the May 2016 Research Conference looks at the issues facing teachers in using evaluation in their CPD activities and illustrates how to do this more effectively.

Author: Irina Kudenko

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