Improving primary science in your school NY072

Discover the key components of a strong science curriculum and make science learning better in your school


Do you have a broad and balanced primary science curriculum? Does science have a high profile in your school or does it get squeezed out in favour of mathematics and English? Ensuring ‘that the science curriculum is planned to take account of what pupils learn’ is a key recommendation in Ofsted’s Finding the optimum: the science subject report, February 2023.

This course will examine how schools can make science learning better and meet the needs of all children in your school. You will explore why your curriculum should be specific about the knowledge learnt at each stage and how both substantive and disciplinary knowledge can be sequenced so knowledge can be continually built upon.

You will discuss the expectations outlined in both the 2019 Ofsted framework and the key recommendations from Finding the optimum: the science subject report and consider the implications for your school.

Access to a self-paced, online formative assessment course is also included. This will support you to further improve your planning and tailor activities for assessment and feedback opportunities.

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

Who is it for?

This course is for primary science leaders.

What topics are covered?

  • Ofsted framework expectations
  • evaluating your school
  • knowing the science curriculum in your school
  • progression in working scientifically
  • leadership

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?

2-day face to face residential course


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

  • identify and develop a whole school vision for primary science
  • describe strategies to ensure science is delivered effectively across the school
  • develop strategies to evaluate pupils’ success in science
  • ensure your school’s science curriculum meets the needs of all children


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

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