A message for Secondary Maths Teaching Staff: Please see details of some training below being offered by the National Stem Centre. This has been brought to the attention of SETSA via the recent National STEM Centre mailout and may be of interest to your department.
New to teaching A level mathematics summer school
An introduction to active learning and the use of technology in A level Mathematics
24 Aug 2015
National STEM Centre, co-located with the National Science Learning Centre, University of York, YO10 5DD
£195.00 plus VAT Maintained
Due to generous sponsorship from Casio, we are able to offer this five day course, including all meals and accommodation, for only £195+VAT. The course, run in conjunction with MEI, will increase teachers’ subject knowledge and deepen their understanding of mathematics topics featured at A Level. In addition the course content will raise teachers’ subject pedagogical knowledge, in order to improve their teaching skills, thus giving them the confidence to teach for understanding and engagement, rather than ‘teaching to the test’. On completion of the course all participants will receive a free Casio graphical calculator and access to a free loan set of graphical calculators for three months during the following academic year.
To qualify for the course applicants will have to satisfy the following criteria:
• be new to teaching, i.e. have no more than three years teaching experience. The course is suitable for candidates who have just completed their initial teacher training programme and are about to take up their first post. In certain circumstances more experienced teachers may be allocated a place on the course if they are new to teaching A level mathematics
• have a good degree (2:2 or above) in mathematics or a degree with a significant mathematical content
• hold a post, or be about to start a post requiring the teaching of A level mathematics
• applicants will be required to complete a survey giving further details of their teaching experience to ensure that the course is suitable for their needs.
The application window closes at the end of April 2015. You will be informed whether your application has been successful in the first week of May 2015. (Applications made after this date will be informed whether their application has been successful asap)
This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. Course fees vary for participants outside the UK. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On completion of the course teachers will:
• have a deeper understanding of the key concepts that underpin A level mathematics, and how these ideas are linked together across the subject
• have developed a range of approaches to teaching these concepts
• understand the importance of practical approaches to teaching applied mathematics
How to apply
To make a booking please follow the link to the National STEM Centre page here:
If you have any difficulties in making your booking please contact the National STEM Centre on 01904 328140.
The National STEM Centre is pleased to be offering another round of the ‘New and Aspiring Leaders of Mathematics’ programme for teachers looking to lead a mathematics department in secondary schools.
This intensive two part residential professional development course has been developed for teachers new or aspiring to lead a mathematics department in secondary schools and will equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to run a successful department.
For the second year the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) is running the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls. The competition is free to enter and, for the chance to win £1000, invites girls aged 11-18 to submit their ideas for 'How can engineers solve the challenges of the 21st century?', giving them the opportunity to explore engineering as well as winning some fantastic prizes. The competition, sponsored by Rolls-Royce and EDF Energy, will run from Monday 29th September until Friday 19th December and prizes will be awarded at the Big Bang Fair in March 2015.
For more information see the Talent 2030 website: www.talent2030.org/competition.
Follow the competition online via Twitter @Talent_2030 and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/talent2030) and using the hashtag #Talent2030comp.
Are you an effective and experienced technician looking for a new challenge? [Or do you know of such technicians who you could pass this invitation on to?]
Whether you are seeking to develop/enhance your career or just take a couple of days out a year to share your skills or are simply interested in contributing to the development of technician training courses, then do please come along to one of the two workshops we are running.
DATES: Thursday 31st July, 10am to 4pm; Tuesday 12th August, 10am to 4pm
VENUE: Science Learning Centre Bayfordbury, near Hertford, SG13 8LD
Practicalities: All attendees will receive an honorarium of £100 for giving up a day of your holiday. We can also pay a contribution towards travel costs – please ask for details.
Please apply through the website: 31st July or 12th August or email Wayne Jarvis, email@example.com for further information.
The course includes workshops on SOLO taxonomy, using data for effective progression and overcoming common barriers. You will consider the latest research into teaching strategies which impact most on student learning and take away ideas to develop students’ independence and self-evaluation.
You will be able to:
Impact Award bursary from the Department for Education may be available toward the cost of this CPD for teachers or technicians. Applicants must be employed in a state funded secondary school or college, including maintained schools, academies and free schools. Find out more
Please follow this link to book via the Science Learning Centres website:
The National STEM Centre has launched a new area on the website to support secondary science teachers in planning for the 2014 National Curriculum.
So if you are looking for a starting point for your planning, or for ideas to supplement existing schemes of work, visit www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/secondaryscience
The Royal Institution is currently administering a STEM grants scheme, generously supported by The Causeway Foundation. We are offering grants of up to £500 for eligible state-funded schools or academies in the UK to take part in an activity from the STEM Directories (www.stemdirectories.org.uk) before July 2014. This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) activity and help integrate STEM enrichment in school practice.
Round one is now open and will close on Friday 31 January at 5pm.
For more information and to apply, visit the STEM Directories website. Please ensure you have read the grant terms thoroughly, particularly the eligibility criteria and the guidance on what to include in your application. Please note that if you are successful, the grant will be paid directly to your chosen activity provider. Priority will be given to schools meeting certain criteria; please see the grant terms for more details.
If you have any questions that are not covered by the grant terms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS THE STEM AMBASSADORS PROGRAMME?
The STEM Ambassadors Programme is a free of charge resource for teachers, schools and colleges across the UK, offering you support from thousands of people with STEM backgrounds to help you excite and inspire your students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.
THE BENEFITS TO YOU
Each volunteer Ambassador is registered, trained and checked with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) or the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in Scotland. They can help you in a variety of ways - within the curriculum and beyond.
WHO ARE STEM AMBASSADORS?
Ambassadors come from an extremely diverse range of backgrounds and working environments. What they all have in common is that they use STEM skills in their everyday lives and have a desire to help more young people understand how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can help them achieve their potential.
OUR CURRENT AMBASSADORS INCLUDE:
Healthcare scientists, physicists, environmental scientists, engineers of all disciplines, statisticians, architects, financial modellers, apprentices, industrial chemists, microbiologists, zoologists, designers, geologists, electronics specialists, set designers and countless others.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Contact us to discuss your requirements and find out who manages the STEM Ambassadors Programme in your area by: