Building for the Future - Working smarter not harder RC227 / C01

Start date
23 Feb 21
9 Hours
Virtual, Adobe Connect, Remote delivered CPD View on Google Map


Join us for our Secondary Science Conference which will take please over a series of on-line events during Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February 2021.
We are delighted that the keynote “Wow! Why? Aha!” will be delivered by Tom Pringle. Using emotional engagement to grab attention, enhance understanding and improve retention will support teachers working with students who have been having a very mixed experience of education over the last months. Tom Pringle will share strategies and tips to turn dry content into engaging and accessible learning experiences where students are involved, questioning, emotionally engaged and talking (on topic) with each other.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner or an early career teacher we all want the best for the young people we teach - the next generation.  Our conference encompasses a range of sessions designed to support and inspire. Expert facilitators and practitioners will work with you in a range of sessions including;

  • Misconceptions - ensuring that we lay the best foundations for future understanding
  • Cognitive Load Theory – the key to more effective learning
  • Mind the gap, map the gap - strategies for developing and using concept and skill progression maps
  • Raising aspirations through STEM careers – this session will explore ideas and resources to support developing careers education as part of your science curriculum. 
  • Hijacking Internet Excitement to Develop Literacy & STEM - a workshop of Literacy Life Hacks about following the fizz of students’ innate curiosity to help them build literacy alongside scientific thinking and language skills.
  • AQA/Edexcel – separate exam board sessions to share support resources and a GCSE update
  • STEM Ambassador networking – Ambassadors are an invaluable ‘resource’  for role models and career inspiration
  • Royal Society of Chemistry – Titration without burettes
Please note that the cost for this conference is per school and you can choose which sessions you and your science colleagues attend.  So that your school is only charged once, please choose a lead person for your school to make a booking.  All joining instruction information, including the on-line link, will be sent to the person that has made the booking and can then be shared to all individuals that will join the session.  All can attend as many or as few sessions as is appropriate.
Sign up by Friday 29 January 2021 and receive an early bird discount of 20% making the total cost per school £80.
Speakers (may be subject to change) include:
  • Day 1 - Session 1 - Misconceptions with Niki Kaiser
  • Day 1 - Session 2 - Raising aspirations through careers with Gemma Taylor
  • Day 1 - Session 3 - Wow! Why? Aha! Keynote with Tom Pringle
  • Day 2 - Session 1 - An Introduction to BEST with Ant Snowden 
  • Day 2 - Session 2 - Cognitive Load Theory with Ant Snowden
  • Day 2 - Session 3 - Mind the Gap - Map the Gap with Ant Snowden
  • Day 3 - Session 1 - Titrations: Practical techniques now and for the future with RSC
  • Day 3 - Session 2 - Hijacking Internet Excitement to Develop Literacy & STEM with Tom Pringle
  • Day 3 - Session 3 - Exam Board Updates with AQA and Pearson Edexel - You are invited to join for this GCSE Science update. 
Tom Pringle
  • Tom has spent 30 years as both a formal and informal science educator.  He has travelled worldwide teaching & performing in schools, theatres and on TV (best known as Dr Bunhead from Brainiac).
Gemma Taylor
  • Will help to define STEM career learning, identify strategies for developing STEM career learning and provide information on further support and training.  Using STEM Learning’s 6 strategies for developing career learning in STEM, you will explore ideas and resources to support developing careers education as part of your science curriculum.
Pearson Edexcel
  • Will be sharing the latest news and support regarding this year’s qualification requirements including guidance on any action you may need to take. In addition to this they will be introducing their new 11-16 Science “Mastery curriculum” along with resources to support it and sharing a select few teaching ideas you could use for in person or online learning. A useful update for Edexcel GCSE Science centres to attend – we look forward to seeing you there.


You will be able to:

  • discuss current good practice in secondary science
  • network with colleagues 
  • reflect on ways to translate ideas to your school context and plan for action


Day 1: Secondary science conference - Session 123 February 202109:30-10:30Virtual
Day 1: Secondary science conference - Session 223 February 202113:30-14:30Virtual
Day 1: Secondary science conference - Session 323 February 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Day 2: Secondary science conference - Session 124 February 202108:00-09:00Virtual
Day 2: Secondary science conference - Session 224 February 202113:30-14:30Virtual
Day 2: Secondary science conference - Session 324 February 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Day 3: Secondary science conference - Session 125 February 202108:00-09:00Virtual
Day 3: Secondary science conference - Session 225 February 202113:30-16:30Virtual
Day 3: Secondary science conference - Session 325 February 202116:00-17:00Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£99.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£198.00 +VAT

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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