Education and Learning newsletter

Our twice-termly newsletter contains news from Wellcome's Education and Learning team. 

Previous newsletters

Catch up with previous Education and Learning newletters.

February 2020

Neuroscience can improve educational outcomes. But with so many misconceptions that lead to ineffective teaching approaches, how can educators sort myth from evidence?

Read our February 2020 newsletter

October 2019

How can we improve equity in science education? Anita Krishnamurthi mulls over the challenge as she begins her new role as Wellcome's Head of Education and Learning.

Read our October 2019 newsletter

May 2019

We’re looking for proposals on how to support primary and secondary science teachers to engage with research on their practice, or carry out research on their practice. 

Read our May 2019 newsletter

March 2019

We’ve been reviewing Ofsted inspection reports for mentions of science over many years now. Though mentions have been increasing, there’s still more that the Ofsted inspections could do to raise the quality of science in schools.

Read our March 2019 newsletter

January 2019

Is science-specific CPD really worth it? Our continued research into primary science teaching shows strong connections between pupils’ attitudes to science and the practice and expertise of their science leaders.

Read our January 2019 newsletter

December 2018

With the Education Endowment Foundation, we're trialling ways to help retain science teachers and improve secondary science education. We've also launched a scheme with BBC Children in Need which is open to organisations who want to run engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people. 

Read our December 2018 newsletter

September 2018

In which areas could secondary science teaching be enhanced? The Education Endowment Foundation has pulled together the evidence in Improving Secondary Science, a free guidance report.

Read our September 2018 newsletter

July 2018

Looking for some last minute activities to see out the end of the summer term? Explorify has some quick, easy and free activities for you.

Read our July 2018 newsletter

May 2018

Explorify have released a specially curated set of activities for primary schools in the lead up to the Great Science Share on 19 June. The campaign encourages pupils to take the lead and showcase school science across the UK.

Read our May 2018 newsletter

March 2018

Our report, Developing great subject teaching, finds that UK teachers are less likely to participate in subject-specific continuing professional development (CPD), even though it is more beneficial than generic, pedagogic CPD. 

Read our March 2018 newsletter

January 2018

In this edition, we put the spotlight on the science of learning. We've also launched two new funding schemes in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation which support research to improve science education and teacher retention.

Read our January 2018 newsletter

September 2017

We’ve launched Explorify, an exciting programme of free activities for UK primary school teachers to spark curiosity, develop thinking skills and increase impact. 

Read our September 2017 newsletter

May 2017

We're supporting five new informal science learning projects. The projects will help to increase understanding of how informal science learning activities affect children and young people’s enjoyment and understanding of science.

Read our May 2017 newsletter

March 2017

Our new funding scheme supports researchers who want to explore the best ways to assess students’ practical science skills. The research will be used to inform our recommendations for future GCSE and A-level reform.

Read our March 2017 newsletter

January 2017

We've developed resources to help teachers and students when thinking about ethics and extended project qualifications.

Read our January 2017 newsletter

More from the team

Science education is one of our priority areas. Find out more about what we're doing to inspire teachers and students.

Reports and consultations

Education resources

We produce and fund a wide range of educational resources for teachers