Summer School for ECTs teaching science NY255 / B23

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

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This summer school is for science teachers who are Early Career Teachers (ECTs). the course will give in-depth support around practical work, dealing with misconceptions and helping you plan for success in your first term's teaching. Experienced teaching colleagues will support you to consolidate your understanding in biology, chemistry and physics and allow you to practice your skills in our lab-based environment. You will have opportunity to explore much of the KS3 and 4 practical content and how to teach it well.

This course is complemented by Summer schools for teaching A level biology, chemistry and physics which have a separate subsidy attached.

You may also be interested in: NY333 Summer school for ECTs teaching A level: biology, NY334 Summer school for ECTs teaching A level: chemistry, NY335 Summer school for ECTs teaching A level physics

Not quite what you are looking for? Try: NY243 Chemistry for non-specialists, NY201 Physics for non-specialists

Who is it for?

Focusing on subject knowledge and practical skills, this will benefit science ECTs (Early Career Teachers), RQTs (Recently Qualified Teachers) or trainee teachers who are teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 for the first time. This would also be a good introduction to the subject for a non-scientist looking to teach secondary science. 

What topics are covered?

During the course we cover:
  • required practicals
  • key misconceptions
  • substantive and disciplinary knowledge across all three sciences at KS3 and KS4
  • progression through the key stages

How will you learn?

This is a three day face to face course.

How long is this course?

This is a three day intensive course. 

Who is the course leader?

  • Mary Howell

    Professional Development Leader and Freelance education consultant with an interest in literacy through science, active learning, plant science...



You will be able to:

  • develop your practical science teaching skills across KS3 and KS4
  • consolidate understanding across all three sciences up to KS4
  • evaluate teaching strategies and activities for use in the classroom


Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science Day 1 (Face to Face)15 July 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science Day 2 (Face to face)16 July 202409:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science Day 3 (face to face)17 July 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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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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