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Employability skills – from a theatre workshop

All the rumpus over GCSEs has been reminding me that there’s more to education – and to job hunting – than qualifications. But what are these additional ‘soft skills’ or ‘employability skills’?  And how can you get them?  There’s no syllabus or exam. The Guardian reported on ‘soft skills’ in June this year, from a graduate perspective.  The feature highlighted…

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Dr Kate?

I have a dilemma. Last month I was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by the University of the West of England. I’m hugely proud to have received this in recognition of the work I do promoting science and engineering opportunities to young people, and I had a great day in Bristol with my family, including the chance to speak…

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A Tale of Two Toyshops

 I have just become a great aunt for the second time.  Now my own children are secondary school age, it’s lovely to have the chance to browse the web for baby toys again.  But a particular smile came over me when I landed on the home page of Woody’s Toy Shop.   If you can, take a look and see what…

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Maths in Science is vital …. but are we testing science or maths?

Science A levels are in the news again.  This time Score (Science community representing education) have been looking at the range and depth of maths in A level science exams.   They found that in many cases the maths needed for the subject, and specified in the syllabus, wasn’t included in the exams.  As, realistically, students will study what is tested,…

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Context, Inspiration and Information

It’s April 2012 and the long discussed National Careers Service has now been launched. Having been the National STEM Careers Coordinator for several years, I had plenty of opportunity to come to my own conclusions about what was needed to ensure young people end up making appropriate choices. I feel that information is important, but also inspiration, context and appropriate…

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