KS3 science for non-scientists NY285 / A20

Start date
25 Feb 21
4 Days
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


Are you teaching KS3 science for the first time? Would you like to understand the misconceptions students have, and how best to address them?

This course has been designed to focus on the key principles needed to teach science effectively through the use of stimulating practical activities and demonstrations. We will explore and refine the understanding of key topics like energy, cells and chemical reactions. We will look at cutting edge research that will link the learning to students' everyday lives and look at scaffolding the learning to show rapid and sustained progression.

This course will be delivered over a number of sessions, some of which will be delivered remotely on the days and times detailed below, with those later in the year being delivered face to face at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. To participate in full, you will need to ensure you have dedicated time away from the classroom for the remotely delivered elements of this course, as you would if this were a face to face course.

We will take regular breaks and structure the content so that it is interactive and impactful. You must attend all sessions in order to receive the bursary, and sessions will not be recorded. For more information on remote delivery, please visit https://www.stem.org.uk/remote-courses-for-teachers 


You will be able to:

  • teach Key Stage 3 science confidently by effectively using a range of teaching strategies to assess students’ prior understanding, counter misconceptions and move learning forward
  • describe developments in science and how it relates to the topics that are being taught making the science more relevant to learners
  • evaluate the impact of a change within your teaching


KS3 science for non-scientists - Remote Delivered CPD25 February 202110:00-16:00Virtual
KS3 science for non-scientists - Remote Delivered CPD26 February 202109:00-16:00Virtual
KS3 science for non-scientists - Face to Face CPD01 July 202111:00-19:00Virtual
KS3 science for non-scientists - Face to Face CPD02 July 202109:00-16:00Virtual


For the residential part of this course, the National STEM Learning Centre will be following all government guidance and regulations to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, including the deep cleaning of our accommodation and teaching rooms and maintaining social distancing during course sessions and meal times.

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Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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