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Bruce Robinson

Hello, I am Bruce Robinson. I have recently retired from main stream education as Head of Chemistry and STEM Coordinator. During my exciting career at Ivybridge Community College and UTC Plymouth, I had the honour to work with some amazing teachers and young people who ignited my love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ( and the Arts). My desire to keep engaged with Chemistry and STEM activities after I retired came from my realisation that boys and girls of all ages, love to learn about how stuff works if you give them the chance; hence Wonder Workshops.

My last full time teaching role was Head of Chemistry and whole College STEM Coordinator at UTC Plymouth. Prior to my time UTC Plymouth, I was Head of Chemistry at Ivybridge Community College (ICC) where I had the pleasure to lead and manage a team of 6 amazing chemists to achieve outstanding A level, IB and GCSE chemistry results. Whilst at ICC, I also worked with the British Council to develop STEM games with Indian schools and presented our ideas on using these games to develop STEM learning at the British Embassy in New Delhi.

I am available to provide chemistry tuition for GCSE, A Level and IB students.

The fees are:

£30/hr for GCSE students

£40/hr for A Level/IB students (£50 for 1.5 hrs)

(travel cost not included.)

If you want to know more please, click here to download my CV
or contact me at bruce@wonderworkshops.co.uk

Like many teachers in schools and colleges all over the UK and beyond, I am an advocate of Experiential Learning. In this kind of activity, students are actively engaged in their learning, often without realising it. The experiences, challenges and frameworks provided allow them to develop behaviours that encourage, not just short term knowledge assimilation, but much deeper attitudes that encourage confidence, proactivity and resilience. These skills enable students to seek out the knowledge and skills they need to overcome problems; they become more skilled problems solvers, better independent learners and better prepared for University, Apprenticeships, future employment or starting up entrepreneur enterprises.

These "Behaviour for Learning" equip students with Life Long Learning Skills that are essential for the challenging jobs of the future. Resilience, Cooperation, Independence, Interdependence, Curiosity, Creativity as well as Resourcefulness and Team-working are all key learning attributes acknowledged by Guy Caxton (2011), Simon Ellis and Janet Tod (2009). At Wonder Workshops, we aim to challenge students so they develop these skills through a series of fun STEM based activities.

Caxton, G. et al (2011) The Learning Powered School. Bristol, TLO

Ellis, S. & Jod, J (2009) Behaviour for Learning. London, Routledge.



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