Science Learning Partnership

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Alongside the Redhill Teaching School Alliance, we jointly lead and manage the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Science Learning Partnership. Together, our aim is to develop a network of schools, further education and higher education institutions to create a local support network for science in schools.

Through a focus on contemporary scientific ideas, experimenting with effective teaching approaches and learning more about modern scientific techniques, science teachers and technicians can enhance their skills as professionals. The ultimate aim of the partnership is to inspire pupils with exciting, engaging and relevant science lessons, and enable them to gain the knowledge and understanding they need to succeed.

Our partnership also has a regional development leader assigned, working one day per week to support raising standards in the delivery of science across the region through a high quality CPD programme. CPD is delivered by local trained facilitators from schools in the area, building high quality networks that are shaped by the needs of schools, teachers and technicians.

To book a place on any of the Science Learning Partnership courses please register and book your place on the STEM Learning website.

Our programmes

Fit for Purpose Science Assessment – day 1

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to science assessment that works in all settings.  However, these two (stand-alone) assessment courses will give teachers and subject leaders the opportunity to explore best practice drawn from schools, plus the chance to learn about freely-available resources that are available in the wider educational world. This is the first of two assessment courses that might be attended as stand-alone CPD or as a two part course.

These courses are ideal for primary school teachers and subject leaders who want to familiarise themselves with current expectations around assessment and children’s progress in science. Teachers will experience practical ways of exploring children’s understanding of key concepts and aspects of working scientifically, recognising that looking at and listening to children provides excellent (and valid) evidence of learning.  The importance of planning for learning with assessment in mind will be emphasised throughout and strategies which inform the process will be considered.


  • an introduction to assessment policy and practice, providing access to latest updates around statutory assessment, the OfSTED perspective and other influencing factors.
  • current best practice, under pinned by research while drawn from quality classroom practice
  • whole-school strategies to develop understanding of progression and age related expectations
  • informed record-keeping that is manageable, minimal and useful
  • developing CPD and working with others to improve assessment practice.

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Redhill Academy, Redhill Road, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8GX
Cost: £175.00 +VAT

Book online on the STEM website – course code: RC102 / D10

Working Scientifically in Primary Science

Pupils are enthused and motivated when they are involved in planning their own enquiries and when they can see the relevance of them to their everyday life.

You will be able to explore a range of techniques to draw out their ideas and develop strategies to inspire and incorporate these ideas into your science lessons.

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark, NG22 0JH
Cost: £175.00 +VAT

Book online on the STEM website – course code: RC108 / D08

NQT programme

This course will be led by chartered science teacher and ex-special school senior leader Rob Butler.

Day 1 of this course will investigate some of the reasons that students misbehave and how to manage this behaviour in a school science lab. Day 2 will address needs, provision and good practice for teaching lower attaining students and those likely to get grades 1-3 at GCSE

This course uses blended learning so that participants can continue their CPD back in their own school.


  • to understand some of the reasons that students misbehave in science lessons
  • to help participants develop a range of strategies to manage behaviour in secondary science lessons
  • to help participants plan for good behaviour in science lessons
  • explore the context and constraints applying to students expected to attain grades 1 to 3 in GCSE science
  • develop an approach to teaching that will secure good progress and appropriate outcomes though key stages 3 and 4

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019 and Monday 20 January 2020
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark, NG22 0JH
Cost: £175.00 +VAT

Book online on the STEM website – course code: RK284 / D01

Fit for Purpose Science Assessment

Evidence shows that effective Assessment for Learning (AfL) leads to raised attainment. Now that formal recording of levels has been removed, you need to be secure in your understanding of how to make judgements about children’s achievements and progress.

Throughout the course we will identify how you can integrate and embed assessment practices into your science teaching.


You will be able to:

  • use a range of AfL strategies effectively to promote children’s learning
  • acquire a deeper understanding of progression
  • make confident and reliable teacher assessment of learning in science and identify children’s next steps

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Newark, NG22 0JH
Cost: £175.00 +VAT

Book online on the STEM website – course code: RC102 / D11

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