Science for curriculum leaders and heads of faculty NS218 / A18

Start date
19 Jun 19
4 Days
SSERC, 2 Pitreavie Court, South Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline KY11 8UU View on Google Map


An external evaluation of the professional development delivered by SSERC suggests that promoted staff who have been on a SSERC leadership programme are more likely to play a significant role in science developments at departmental and school level than promoted staff who have not been on a SSERC leadership programme.  If we are to enhance the quality and variety of practical science in schools, it seems logical that we should consider the following options:
1. to encourage more attendees to attend the Leading for Excellence in Science programme, and
2. to provide additional professional development opportunities for previous delegates on the Leading for Excellence in Science programme.

The course proposed here focuses on the second of these options.  Participants will be curriculum leaders in their establishments and we will be offering them the opportunity to experience a range practical work outside of their subject area.  Equipped with these new skills they will be better placed to lead and support developments across all the sciences at a time of significant curriculum change.  In addition to being professionally up to date with national and local developments in their own subject area, leaders of science departments and faculties also need to have a good understanding of issues in other subject areas.  This course will offer participants the opportunity to gain practical experience of techniques and resources across a range of science subject areas.  A major focus of the course will be support for National 4 and 5 programmes of study.

Practical work will be supported with opportunities for professional networking and exploring how the professional development needs of faculties / departments can be supported.

To apply for this course please contact SSERC directly ( who will forward you the necessary information. Shortly after the published closing date for applications the Administration Team at SSERC will send to successful applicants:

  • confirmation of an offer of a place on the course together with details on enrolment procedures
  • information on ENTHUSE bursaries and how to apply for such a bursary
  • a set of terms and conditions which you must meet in order to qualify for an ENTHUSE bursary

If you are a supply teacher you may still qualify for an ENTHUSE bursary – please contact SSERC to establish your eligibility.


Participants will be able to:

  • explore new creative approaches to practical work across all science subjects
  • develop strategies for making the teaching of practical science more engaging and inspiring.
  • identify, carry out and report on a piece if action research.
  • create professional networks with colleagues in other departments/faculties.


Science for curriculum leaders and heads of faculty - day 119 June 201909:15-20:00SSERC
Science for curriculum leaders and heads of faculty - day 2 20 June 201909:00-16:00SSERC
Science for curriculum leaders and heads of faculty - day 3 17 December 201910:00-20:30SSERC
Science for curriculum leaders and heads of faculty - day 4 18 December 201909:00-16:45SSERC

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* Your school or college will receive the subsidy on successful completion of the CPD and impact toolkit. Find out more.

State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£720.00Subsidy available*£640.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£720.00

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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