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Share with others

No matter where you are starting from, every teacher in this network will have great ideas, activities and tips to share that will benefit others. 

By sharing your expertise and knowledge you will be able to raise your own profile and that of school or college, as well as helping to raise the standard of STEM teaching in the UK.

At any time of the year, feel free to contact us to let us know what you have been up to and ask advice about sharing your ideas and successes.

Publishing

Publishing your work is an important way of sharing your best practice and ideas to a wider audience. After all, if you haven’t published your projects and events, no one else can hear about and learn from them. It is also a great opportunity for students to enhance their communication skills.

The Young Scientists Journal - a peer-review science journal run entirely by 12 – 20 years old. Students can submit any research they have undertaken with you to the journal for publishing. You can find a special edition in partnership with the Royal Society on their website.

Catalyst magazine - an online and hard copy science magazine for students aged 14 – 19 that has featured articles by teachers and students.

Classroom Physics - Classroom Physics is a newsletter brought to you by the IOP's education department.

School Science Review - a highly regarded periodical, sent to all 11-19 members of ASE on a quarterly basis.

Education in Science - ASE's in house magazine published four times a year. It is a professional journal that shares information and expertise from science educators and the wider science education community including STEM.

A number of other publications also may be interested in featuring content about Network members activities. For example, TESTHEPhysics World and Chemistry World.

To get more information on pitching to editors, see the article How to pitch to a science editor on SciDev.Net or you can contact us for writing advice, which could include sending us draft articles to read over before submission

Festivals

There are many festivals across the UK that are great platforms for sharing your best practice and to gain a valuable experience in presenting to varied audiences. Many towns across the UK run science festivals that are looking to support local school and college engagement with the public. If you have any good quality, hands-on engagement projects or activities, it might just be what they are looking to exhibit. Examples include Imperial science festival and the Edinburgh international science festival.

You can find out about science festivals running near you via the BIG website, or UK Science Festivals Network run by the British Science Association.

Conferences

There are a number of teacher focused conferences around the country that are great to attend, but even better to present at. These include the ASE Annual ConferencePSTT International Primary Science Conference, and Science on Stage UK.

Social media

Social media is an excellent tool to share your activities with a wider audience. We suggest that you utilise your school's or college's social media accounts to do this effectively. 

Twitter is great for sharing content about your school or college STEM work such as web links, images, videos, blogs and podcasts etc. You can using your school's or college's Twitter account to tweet when you have an event, or when you have a Research Fellow come in and talk. You could also consider setting up an account just for your department, as long as you run this past your managers or heads first. You can tweet directly to the Royal Society @RoyalSociety to keep us up-to-date with what you are up to.

Alternatively you could use other social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube if you have more dynamic content (eg photos or video).

Please always ensure you have collected the correct permissions for anything you post via social media. If in doubt, don't post and ask your school office who should know about current data protection law.

Royal Society Schools Network blog