Primary Science Support Programmes

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 & 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.

TVTSA Primary Science Support Programme – 2020-2021

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Autumn Term

Primary Science Subject Leader Boot camp         

Session 1:  2.00 – 4.00                    Tuesday 17th November

Session 2:  2.00 – 4.00                    Tuesday 24th November

All that a beginner subject leader, recently ‘risen to greatness’, or a more experienced subject leader needs to kick start, review or ‘re-boot’ the leadership of science in your school.



  • Essential updates from Ofsted, DfE, Wellcome, ASE etc
  • Being a leader rather than a manager, influencing and inspiring others
  • Preparation for inspection – Deep Dive ‘Top tips’
  • Assessment ‘must-dos’ and quick wins – practical, fit-for-purpose solutions to assessing science and ensuring progression across the KSs, from FS onwards
  • Working Scientifically – simple ideas to initiate change and improve outcomes for learners
  • Monitoring, evaluating and moderating science – a simple tool kit to get you started.


This course will be delivered over two half day virtual sessions, with a ‘gap task’ in between, designed to encourage learning from the first session to be followed up and applied in some way, back in school.

Spring Term

Thinking and talking science

Day course:  Wednesday 3rd March

Providing children with reasons to think and talk scientifically can ensure children achieve deeper knowledge and understanding in science.  During this day course teachers and subject leaders will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that work brilliantly in science, allowing children to learn, practise and utilise quality vocabulary as they think then talk scientifically.  The importance of progression, building from EYFS, through KS1, KS2 and beyond, will be considered and strategies shared that promote effective teacher-questioning to explore and extend talking, thinking and learning at every stage.

Free and fabulous resources and web-based offers will be suggested that enrich the science curriculum, requiring classroom-based science to be applied and extended into real-world contexts, challenging children to use their knowledge and understanding more creatively, as they solve problems, explore ideas and answer questions.


Fit for purpose science assessment

Day course:  Thursday 25th March

A whistle-stop tour of the assessment landscape, offering practical solutions that subject leaders might use and adapt in their schools.

This course will provide SLs with an insight into:

  • National requirements – the truth
  • Position of science in the curriculum – OfSTED, Wellcome Trust etc.
    • Future guessing – what’s the direction of travel likely to be?
  • Statutory assessment – current picture
  • Best practice resources to support science formative assessment, backed by sound research
  • Principles of planning with assessment in mind
  • Using practical strategies to explore children’s understanding
    • Focussed assessment tasks
    • Assessment themes
    • Moderating outcomes
  • Communicating outcomes – using floor books and other communication strategies to capture learning


Summer term

Getting practical:  Working Scientifically in your classroom

Day course:  Wednesday 21st April

Working Scientifically should be positioned at the heart of the primary science curriculum in all schools.  Children must learn National Curriculum content as they work scientifically; through exploring and investigating, asking questions and problem solving, engaging with and learning about the ‘Wonder-full’ world around them.

This course will provide participants with:

  • a greater understanding of Working Scientifically and its significance to children’s learning in science
  • a variety of strategies to use to encourage children to ask science questions
  • enhanced subject knowledge and understanding of the five types of enquiry children should be using to answer their science questions, progression of these and of key skills from Early Years and through primary
  • lots of hands-on, practical examples and teaching strategies that might be used in practice or shared with colleagues through INSET).


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