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Beth Stone, Head of Learning and Audiences at the Natural History Museum, discusses with QA Education editor Victoria Galligan how the iconic venue inspires the next generation of STEM experts…

Q&A with the Natural History Museum

Can you give an example of a lesson/visit where a school surprised you?

Offering career advice in diverse subjects is not an easy task – particularly in a field as specialised as animal care. We all know you have to be a big animal lover to do the job but this isn’t the only factor – there are many fields of knowledge which pupils may not have considered that are integral to the role. Learning the scientific details of animal care will take a lot of study, but the rewards will be great.

The process of a separation or divorce can have a significant impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing – and may affect their concentration and performance at school.

The good news is that, as parents, you are not alone in supporting your child through this difficult period. You can ask for help from their school or nursery, where there will be processes in place to provide the appropriate care.

ITV’s parenting expert and former Deputy Head Sue Atkins discussesthe best way to engage parents, and the dos and don'ts of parent-school communication…

Making the transition from primary to secondary school is both exciting and challenging for both pupils and parents. New larger buildings, as well as new school routes and new friendships must be navigated which can be quite daunting. But it’s also an ideal time for schools to create a strong home to school bond.

QA Education asked Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the Institute of Physics, about physics teacher recruitment and how despite a rise in applications, the nation is facing a shortfall of educators in this subject…

Institute of Physics Q&A 

1. Why are you still concerned about physics teacher recruitment?  Hasn’t there been an increase in the numbers of physics teachers being recruited over the past 20 years?

Rose Hardy, Headmistress at St Margaret’s School shares her thoughts on how the school playground plays a big part of the development of children. 

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Alana Cama, Schools and Groups Programme Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) talks you through the steps to planning the perfect school garden.

Gardening is a trick up many schools’ sleeves – helping to get pupils active, boost educational attainment and promote good health and wellbeing. 

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Marco Boi, Founder and CEO of PlayinnovationTM discusses the importance of playgrounds in primary schools.

Playground days live long in the memory. Who doesn’t remember the breaktime stampede as pupils squeeze their way through classroom doors to unleash their energy – whether swinging from the monkey bars (a teacher’s worst nightmare) or playing a game of imaginary, swashbuckling pirates – keeping feet off the tarmac as if it were crocodile-infested waters.

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STEM subjects encompass stereotypically male-dominated careers: science, technology, engineering, and maths. History has always leaned in favour of men within these subjects, which could explain why the number of females in these industries is still low. These damaging stereotypes, as well as preconceptions of what these careers entail, have left industries such as manufacturing wholly unappealing — nearly three-quarters of women admitted to Women in Manufacturing (WiM) they would not consider a career in manufacturing.

Katy Parkinson, founder and director of Lexonik by Sound Training, discusses how literacy training can improve the experience which academics have when attending UK universities…

Academics with English as an additional language (EAL) can benefit greatly from literacy education programmes, which improve both their vocabulary when writing and their confidence in speaking to others.