Leading and developing primary science expertise NY062

Develop your primary science expertise and arm yourself with strategies to effectively lead science in your school. Through practical workshops, you will develop your understanding of how children learn in science.


A lack of detailed subject knowledge can sometimes mean primary teachers feel less confident teaching science. This course addresses this need by providing you with the specific, in-depth subject knowledge you need to effectively and confidently deliver the primary science curriculum. Over the duration of the course you will become more confident in the biology, physics and chemistry aspects of the curriculum, with these sessions being delivered by STEM Learning's secondary experts.

You'll also look at effective ways to engage with your school colleagues and increase their confidence when teaching science. You'll participate in practical tasks aimed at bringing science learning to life and plan how to ensure skills and knowledge progression is embedded within your whole school curriculum.

As well as subject knowledge development, you'll look at effective assessment strategies, ways to enrich the science curriculum and successful ways to monitor science and support your colleagues to develop their science teaching. 

Who is it for?

New science leaders

What topics are covered?

This course, which consists of 6 days face to face and 15 hours of remote CPD and gap tasks, covers:
  • key stage 3 level subject knowledge development of physics, chemistry and biology
  • what does good enquiry look like?
  • raising the profile of science in your school
  • the role of the subject leader
  • assessing primary science
  • leading and improving the quality of science in your school
  • action planning an engaging and progressive science curriculum
  • developing careers learning through engaging science
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?

This course will be delivered face to face with some remote delivered sessions. There will be participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

3 x 2 day face to face residentials, 3 x 5 hours remote CPD completed between each residential period. 


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

  • develop a deep understanding of the scientific concepts within the primary science curriculum
  • lead improvement in the quality of science teaching and learning within your school
  • develop your primary science expertise and implement a whole school vision for science
  • monitor provision of science, pupil's progress and contribute to the strategic development of learning in school



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