Help! How do I lead primary science? NY076 / C23

Start date
5 Jun 24
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Whether you are new to the role of science subject leader or have been the leader for a couple of years, you will be supported to bring about change at a whole school level. You will receive guidance, advice and support to help you understand the role of the subject leader and find out about science in your school. Mapped to the NPQLT framework, the course will provide a solid foundation for those wishing to continue their leadership journey further.

The course explores 5 key themes: what is science like in my school, essential skills for leading primary science, assessment for learning, leading teaching and learning and raising the profile of science. Throughout the course, you will also be provided with the skills and knowledge development to allow you to reflect on and consolidate your role.

Access to a self-paced, online assessment course is also included. This will support you to further develop effective assessment strategies for improving children’s progress in primary science.

This course may support you with Science Leadership Benchmark 1 - Leadership and vision for science.

Who is it for?

New or recently established science leaders. 

What topics are covered?

  • strategies to find out what science is like in my school
  • health and safety for primary science
  • role of the subject leader
  • developing an understanding of the Ofsted framework
  • understanding and developing working scientifically
  • leading change
  • assessment for learning
  • exploring progression in primary science
  • assessing primary science: knowledge and understanding
  • assessing primary science: working scientifically
  • context based science (with STEM Ambassadors)
  • enriching the curriculum to raise the profile of science
  • a science capital approach to primary science 

How will you learn?

The course will be delivered through a combination of face to face, remote and online sessions.

How long is this course?

2-day face to face residential course

Who is the course leader?


    By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • develop strategies to establish and embed your school's vision for primary science
  • lead improvement in the quality of science teaching and learning within your school
  • employ a range of techniques to identify what science is like in your school and effectively plan next steps to develop the members of your team


Help! How do I lead primary science? - Day 1 (remote)05 June 202416:00-18:00Virtual
Help! How do I lead primary science? - Day 2 (face to face)08 July 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Help! How do I lead primary science? - Day 3 (face to face)09 July 202409:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
Help! How do I lead primary science? - (optional online course)10 July 202400:00-00:00Virtual
Help! How do I lead primary science? - Day 4 (remote)17 July 202416:00-18:00Virtual


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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