Computing and STEM

Women in Engineering Day 2017

21 June 2017

This Friday (June 23) is the annual Women in Engineering Day. Mark Williams discusses why girls seem to be alienated from engineering careers and what we might do about it...


The role of the ‘M’ in STEM

24 May 2017

There are significant overlaps across the new STEM curricula, especially between science and maths. Michael Anderson discusses what this means for schools and the renewed importance of cross-curricular learning


The power of STEM study visits

10 May 2017

Professional study visits and placements for science teachers can enhance practice back in the classroom and provide vital insights. Adam Little and Mark Langley explain


Going for STEM gold? The CREST Awards

22 March 2017

The CREST Awards, run by the British Science Association, help schools to reward students for their STEM project work. Maria Rossini explains


Some useful maths ideas

15 March 2017

The opening of the Winton Gallery offers a new destination for maths-inspired school outings. Susan Elkin takes a look, and also considers some other useful classroom resources to support maths education


Introducing the Industrial Cadets

15 March 2017

The Industrial Cadets initiative offers young people key skills and career insights in STEM industries. Penny Tysoe explains



Our invaluable science technicians

1 February 2017

Supporting and celebrating our science technician colleagues is important. Fran Dainty from the National STEM Learning Network takes a moment to reflect on their vital work


Teaching computational thinking effectively

18 January 2017

The computing national curriculum is underpinned by computational thinking – a set of thinking skills that help students to ask questions, understand problems and find solutions. Mark Dorling and Thomas Ng look at how teachers can approach the teaching of these core skills


Setting the standard for science

11 January 2017

With STEM high on the agenda, Dr Rachel Bibby looks at the UK’s global performance in science education and how one school is setting the gold standard


Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.


Classroom ideas: Making science engaging and exciting

30 November 2016

Student engagement is a priority in the STEM subjects. Here, school leader Catrin Green offers some quick ideas to foster a love of science in students and encourage them consider it as a future career


Meet the STEM Ambassadors

30 November 2016

The STEM Ambassador programme is a free resource offering industry expertise and support to schools across the country to help them engage their students in STEM study. Gill Collinson explains how it works and how you can get involved


The computing curriculum: It’s about real-world problems

16 November 2016

The computing curriculum is not all about coding, but this perception and the ‘geeky’ stereotype might put students off. Terry Freedman offers practical ideas for how you can dispel these myths and engage students in computing study



Effective computing CPD: Advice and resources

14 September 2016

The introduction of the computing curriculum has proved challenging for schools. Mark Dorling looks at what CPD is available and urges school leaders to prioritise teacher support and development


The effective science technician

25 May 2016

What makes an amazing school science technician? Simon Quinnell draws upon his CPD work with technicians from across the country to offer some ideas of how this vital role can support teachers and students


Assessing computing: Practical approaches

27 April 2016

Computing is slowly becoming an established part of the curriculum, but many schools are still finding their feet – especially when it comes to assessment. Expert Terry Freedman discusses some practical approaches to effective assessment in computing


Boosting students’ interest in STEM

20 April 2016

The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains


Factors influencing careers advice and work experience

13 April 2016

Research into young people’s aspirations and the careers information they receive has unearthed worrying findings about the factors that influence whether pupils get effective careers advice and work experience. Professor Louise Archer and Emily MacLeod explain


Bringing Space into the classroom

2 March 2016

Bringing Space into the classroom can prove motivating and engaging for students of all ages. Tom Lyons offers some ideas and sign-posts activities and resources


The Big Bang Fair 2016

2 March 2016

Aimed at showing off the huge range of STEM career options available to students, the annual Big Bang Fair returns to Birmingham from March 16 to 19. We speak to employers and teachers about the event and the wider STEM challenge for schools


Running a STEM Club in your school

27 January 2016

Next week sees the national STEM Club Week celebration. Dr Caroline Oprandi, STEM centre manager at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and a STEMNET Ambassador, offers some advice on running your own club



Secrets to science CPD success

11 November 2015

Effective CPD is vital to the effectiveness of all teachers. With an eye on the STEM subjects, Yvonne Baker from the National Science Learning Network offers five steps to successful whole-school CPD strategies

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