Inspiring Primary Science

Inspiring Primary Science is a programme of networking meetings and workshops, with the aim of building the capacity of subject leaders to lead effectively, instigate change and improve outcomes for children.

The three subject leader meetings across the year will raise issues of particular concern and provide updates regarding latest news about primary science, as well as feature moderation of outcomes, beginning with a base line task in session one.

The programme is also influenced by the subject leaders themselves and feature other aspects of their role, for example effective leadership and monitoring activity. It provides teachers with a selection of practical ideas and activities, relevant to specific key stages and year groups –combining working scientifically and content, with a focus on thinking and talking science.

Science subject leader network meetings

All 1-3pm (please arrive for 12.45pm)

Providing subject leaders with the skills to drive science forward in their
schools as well as the opportunity to network with other science leaders.

This year’s network meetings will consider ‘curriculum design in science’ as a recurring theme (as a response to the recently voiced OfSTED concern about the lack of quality in many schools’ science curriculum design). As different aspects of the SL’s role are explored, the principles of ‘intent, implementation and impact’ will be considered and used to provide purpose to each session.

The programme will (of course) include the very latest news, regular updates, top tips and practical solutions regarding; the new OfSTED framework, science enquiry, assessment process and practice, Science Capital and much, much more.

Dates: 3 October 2019, 15 January 2020, 14 May 2020

Teacher/TA/subject leader – science curriculum workshops for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2

All 1-3pm

Designed to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of teachers, teaching assistants and subject leaders and enable highly productive practical science in the classroom.

Join us for a whistle stop tour through science at each key stage or part key stage.

Important questions will be explored, which are of relevance at each point across the key stages: What are the big science ideas children need to know and understand? How can I plan with assessment in mind? What outcomes should I look for? How should children use, apply and communicate their knowledge and understanding as they work scientifically? How does our science curriculum deliver for children in our classes and schools?

As ever, plenty of practical ideas and useful strategies will be included to take back, use and/or share with colleagues.

• Autumn – KS1 teachers – 13 November 2019
• Spring – UKS2 teachers – 19 March 2020
• Summer – LKS2 teachers – 24 June 2020

Programme leader – Nicola Beverley

Nicola is an experienced school improvement professional, with extensive specialist knowledge of primary teaching and learning built up over 20 years in and around primary schools. She is a nationally renowned primary science specialist and was a science advisory teacher for several years.

Nicola has worked as a science consultant nationally, in the development of science assessment practice. She worked with QCDA to create and pilot the ‘Assessing Pupils’ Progress in Primary Science’ resource and shaped its roll out across the country. She was also part of the expert group responsible for developing science assessment materials for the Standards and Testing Agency (part of the DfE). Most recently she has been a curriculum advisor for KS2 science assessment (also for STA/DfE).

Nicola now works directly with a variety of training providers (including Osiris), teaching school networks, schools, teachers and children across the country to develop science, curriculum and assessment practice.

Date: 

3 October 2019
13 November 2019
15 January 2020
19 March 2020
21 May 2020
24 June 2020

Location: all sessions are held at Tuxford Academy

Duration: 1-3pm (please arrive for 12.45pm)

Delivered by: Nicola Beverley, science education consultant

Costs: £50 (ex VAT) / 1 unit for members

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance