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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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The Gender Gap in Maths

On Thursday 19th January, I was invited onto the Today Programme on Radio 4 to comment on some new research about the ‘gender gap’ in the highest levels of Maths.   As is often the case, I had lots more I could have said, but we were restricted by time, and, of course that it was a news programme not…

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Computing Education – working together to make it work.

There has been much media coverage of the Education Secretary’s speech about enabling a new approach to teaching ICT and computing in schools.  I’ve been catching up with it in the Guardian. Not many links in this blog, probably because it’s a personal, strongly held opinion. I feel these changes are long overdue; however I’m breathing a sigh of relief that…

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Kate at The Big Bang Fair

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Boys Toys? Girls Toys? What are you giving for Christmas?

Several years ago, before my daughter could read, she was looking through the Argos catalogue with interest when I heard my son, only a few years older, pointing out ‘that says boys toys – they’re not for you, you’re a girl!’    Only 9% of UK engineering professionals are women – the lowest in Europe.  Absolutely the bottom of the…

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