Primary Science Coordinators’ Forum #3.1 | Joe Shimwell

Part of NUSTEM’s offer to primary schools in the north east is our Primary Science Coordinators’ Forum. Each half term, science leaders from primary schools across the area come to our Think Lab at Northumbria University for two hours of skills sharing, networking and high-quality STEM CPD. We’re in our third year of sessions, and it’s about time I shared what we’ve been up to. Here’s a run-down of our most recent meeting, which was held on Tuesday 21st November. If you’re interested in joining the forum (it’s free!), email me.
Part 1: Background and that awkward “getting to know each other”…

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Another broken teacher! | ianmcdaid

I see this picture as a metaphor.  Yes another broken teacher standing in the wilderness of despair.

Today I received a message from a teaching colleague who works in a primary school.  She has been sent home by her head teacher, unfit for work.  Too focussed on making a good impression to his new employers, the Local Authority; he has no idea what his actions, and those of his predecessors, have done to her health and wellbeing.

I don’t need to go in to much detail about the school, nor the events that have led up to the appointment of the new head teacher, other than that the school…

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Great Explainers: Richard Feynman | Adam

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on quantum electrodynamics, his academic career included working on the Manhattan Project and with Nasa investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Defying the stereotype of an academic physicist, Feynman was also a renowned communicator. Late to the party, it was not until my PGCE year that I actually watched or read anything by Feynman. My PGCE tutor showed us a video of Feynman from a BBC series in the 1980’s called Fun to Imagine. Scientific…

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Australian Edu-Facebook | benjaminjevans

Since moving to Australia almost two years ago, I have been made to feel welcome. With an Ashes series starting this week, I reserve the right to change my mind, but it’s been an easy transition thus far. The social hierarchy and class structure is less pronounced than in the UK, though I’m pleased to note the obsession with where you went to School remains, at least in South Australia. People are easy-going, and the word ‘banter’ has yet to be corrupted as it has been in the UK. Some semblance of wit still remains.

It seems quite difficult to genuinely offend an Australian – that is, until…

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Great Explainers: Richard Feynman | Adam

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on quantum electrodynamics, his academic career included working on the Manhattan Project and with Nasa investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Defying the stereotype of an academic physicist, Feynman was also a renowned communicator. Late to the party, it was not until my PGCE year that I actually watched or read anything by Feynman. My PGCE tutor showed us a video of Feynman from a BBC series in the 1980’s called Fun to Imagine. Scientific…

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Family Space Explorers | Joe Shimwell

We’re always looking for new ways to engage different audiences, and this winter our Family Space Explorers project is doing just that. Funded by the UK Space Agency, we’re engaging young children and their families with space science through STEM story workshops and hands-on activities in libraries across the north east.
Why families?

As a project, we believe that one way of addressing the STEM skills shortage is through long-term interventions. We want STEM conversations happening at home, amongst young families, so that when children later come to make career-critical subject choices…

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Resource author profile – @TJohns85 | Rob Butler

This is the second in a series of articles talking to authors who write or share science teaching resources. Some of these authors have chosen not to reveal their identities and some are happy to be identified.

An interview with Tom @TJohns85 

Tell me about your background – subject, phase, experience
Secondary Science

9th year at the chalkface

Held a TLR (whole school) for 5 years
Where in the country do you teach?  Academy (MAT?) or LA school?
Southwest, Academy
What sort of resources do you share?
I shared paid resources which I specifically make to sell – these are not just…

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