National Science Learning Network receives prominent mention in TES

Last week, at a high profile forum at the Wellcome Trust in London, the National Science Learning Network revealed its Impact report on ten years of supporting teachers.

The new report outlines five key lessons that the Network has learned from a decade of supporting STEM teachers, and summarises evaluative evidence of the impact of the professional development delivered by the organisation.

The five lessons are:

  • sustained engagement of schools and colleges with Network support is associated with improved teaching and learning, and increased uptake and achievement in science
  • Network professional development improves teachers’ subject and pedagogical knowledge, skills and confidence, resulting in better outcomes for young people
  • the Network develops strong leadership in science – from primary to post-16 – benefitting teachers, schools and young people
  • engagement with the Network helps schools and colleges recruit and retain excellent teachers
  • Network professional development enriches teaching, supporting young people’s engagement, progression and awareness of STEM careers

Following last week’s Impact event at the Wellcome Trust in London, Lord Jim Knight, chief education adviser to TES Global, has written an article on the use of technology in classroom and the impact that good CPD can have on classroom practice. On the Impact report, Lord Knight writes:

“The next day I went along to the launch of the National Science Learning Network’s report to mark 10 years of helping teachers improve Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) education. Funnily enough it finds that sustained, networked CPD that is well led has an impact on attainment (it also finds that it helps recruitment and retention of science teachers). 

Maybe there is a pattern.”

You can read the full article here.

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