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New school year resolutions

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many teachers work during their holidays. What with getting ahead of planning and booking trips for the following year. Not to mention the sorting out and re-organising of classrooms whilst merrily sticking 30 name labels on 30 drawers, rulers, rubbers, books…It is however a different kind of work; a calmer, more...

The National STEM Centre – big in Uganda!

Not only are the resources on the National STEM Centre eLibrary being used more and more to support the teaching of STEM subjects across the UK - the materials are also being used as far afield as Uganda!We were recently contacted by Barbara Ball, author of the Taskmaths series of books, who told of work that was taking place at the National Curriculum...

Behaviour management: from consistency to certainty in 10 steps

Guest blog from Paul Dix, a behavioural management specialist at Pivotal Education. Paul is running a free 5 week online course for the National Science Learning Centre in July 2015 to help teachers harness their own behaviour and body language to improve their students behaviour.Inconsistent classrooms and labs are difficult places to learn in....

Bringing World Turtle Day to the classroom

There seems to be a National Day to celebrate everything nowadays, personally I am waiting for National Crisps Day. However that said, often they can be a lovely way into a topic for our children. Something that helps to focus their attention on an area that otherwise might get forgotten or mentioned briefly in passing.For example did you know that on 23...

New life: seven resources to use this Spring

Spring has finally sprung, lambs are gamboling in the fields, daffodils popping up from their wintery beds and the first few blossoms are appearing on trees. My local pond is alive with tadpoles, and with fascinated children observing them each week as they develop slowly into frogs.As teachers start planning lessons on the new life springing, buzzing and...

Focus on Employability: an insight into industry at BP

 In July 2015, after teaching had finished, I was lucky enough to take part in the STEM Insight scheme, Insight into industry, run by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network.Insight into industry aims to give teachers some time (two weeks in my case) to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of some of the country’s most well-known industrial...

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: a night to ENTHUSE about

Having had a short career in industry back home in North Wales, I began teacher training nine years ago with a PGCE in key stage 2 and 3 science at Newman University in Birmingham; completely unaware of the level of challenge, the politics, but also the huge rewards and enjoyment in front of me. After a year on supply in primary schools across Birmingham...

The science, technology and mathematics of ENTHUSE-iasm – is that you?

Most of us have a ‘teacher story’ – the one person who inspired us to study and love a subject, and got the best out of us even if, perhaps, it wasn’t truly our strong point. Mine was my music teacher, an individual so influential that even now I can sing the whole Sound of Music lyrics from memory, word for word, even though I can’t remember what I had for...

Immerse yourself in an ENTHUSE-iastic crowd

I am an Early Years teacher and science leader in a large primary school in Leeds. Having a degree in English, I didn’t know an awful lot about science when I was given the role of science leader four years ago, but have since developed a passion for science education, as it is such an interesting and exciting subject.I applied for the ENTHUSE Celebration...

An insight into industry: why Caterpillar is the perfect placement

Our Caterpillar site in Peterborough is at the forefront of engine research, design and manufacture. Our engines are crucial to industries involved in the creation and maintenance of infrastructure all over the world. This includes mining, construction, electric power and agriculture.Our engines are used for power in many different areas of life from...

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