Ofsted: A Focus on Primary Science RC198 / B177


Eleanor Belfield is one of His Majesty’s Inspectors for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber Region. She is also Ofsted’s national lead for science and was involved in gathering and evaluating the research that went into the recently published science subject report. Before working for Ofsted, Eleanor gained significant senior leadership experience as a multi-academy trust school improvement lead. She has also held senior leadership positions in different school settings and phases, including as a specialist leader in education. Eleanor’s particular areas of expertise include school improvement, leadership and STEM subjects with a focus on science. She holds a research Masters degree in Astrophysics.

Session Information: “Ofsted: A Focus on Primary Science” – dispelling myths, sharing insights….

HMI Eleanor Belfield, Ofsted Science Lead, will draw out key messages from the published science subject report, ‘Finding the Optimum’. She will invite delegates to reflect on the findings and what they mean for schools as they continue to address the challenges following the pandemic. Eleanor will dispel some of the myths that surround ‘deep dives’ and inspection practice. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

This course will be running via Microsoft Teams. 

Who is it for?

Primary Science teachers and subject leaders. 

What topics are covered?

  • Post-pandemic primary science and the challenges still faced in primary science. 
  • 'Deep dives', myths, and inspection practice. 
  • Other subject areas relating to Ofsted and primary science. 

How will you learn?

Eleanor will speak, invite delegates to speak, and provide an opportunity for questions. 

How long is this course?

90 minutes. 

Who is the course leader?


  • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss areas they would like information on relating to Ofsted and primary science. 
  • Participants will have a better understanding of ‘deep dives’ and inspection practice.


Ofsted: A Focus on Primary Science20 March 202415:30-17:00Virtual

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree
State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFree

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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