Designing your science curriculum for success NY287 / A23

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

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High-quality teaching and learning, whether in the classroom or in remote teaching, is underpinned by effective curriculum design. Teachers will explore different evidence-informed aspects of a well thought-out curriculum and how to develop these in their own departments. 
You will have chance to consider effective subject knowledge, well-planned, embedded practical and maths skills and thinking on progression to help specialist and non-specialist teachers in your department. There will also be discussion and sharing of ideas from the different teachers on the course and chance to ask questions that are specific to your setting and needs.   
This course will encourage departments to take a wide-ranging view of their teaching and with support from experts in different parts of the curriculum, will challenge an support them to develop their thinking further.

Who is it for?

Classroom teachers and heads of science from all UK secondary schools.

What topics are covered?

This three-day course covers:
  • What makes up an effective science curriulum?
  • Progression through the curriculum
  • Mathematics and literacy in the science curriculum
  • Practical progression and working scientifically
  • Woking with your department
  • Inclusion and diversity
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

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

How long is this course?

Three days

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • explore a range of curriculum designs for secondary science
  • identify good practice and research behind effective science curriculums
  • develop effective support for enhancing teaching and learning in science
  • map your own curriculums to suit your own schools needs


Designing your science curriculum for success - day 1 (face to face)19 June 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Designing your science curriculum for success - day 2 (face to face)20 June 202409:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Designing your science curriculum for success (online)21 June 202400:00-00:00National STEM Learning Centre
Designing your science curriculum for success - day 3 (face to face)21 June 202409:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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

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