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British Science Week: STEM Is For Everyone


We spoke with Rachel White, STEM Lead at Irlam and Cadishead Academy, about her experience as a science teacher and the importance of celebrating British Science Week.

Rachel said: “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, particularly a science teacher, from my own school experience. I had amazing teachers who promoted a love of learning, and they definitely shaped my interests. I’ve also always been interested in finding out new things and knowing quirky bits of information.”

Speaking about her favourite element of teaching science, Rachel said: “I love having the opportunity to make links between the everyday world and the science world and being able to witness students make those links. I value students seeing how what we do has a purpose and how the curriculum links to examples in the real world.”

Rachel explained that science teachers at Irlam and Cadishead Academy have access to specific CPD (Continuous Professional Development) opportunities, saying: “We are fortunate to have access to the Infused Partnership which promotes STEM in schools and gives staff access to lots of CPD and training which we wouldn’t have access to otherwise.”

When asked why it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate British Science Week, Rachel said: “Because it’s something that’s accessible to all students and it promotes the discovery part of science that the curriculum perhaps doesn’t always allow. Being able to take a break from the content in the curriculum and think more about the discovery side to science, and linking things together, is really beneficial.”

Rachel’s message this British Science Week:

STEM is for everyone. There’s a role for anyone regardless of your background, academic ability or beliefs.”





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