Early career pathway for primary teachers

Designed for new or recently qualified primary teachers, this pathway will support you through your first few years of teaching.




Tanya Shields, Pathway Lead, explains how this Pathway will support you as you begin your teaching career and recommends two great resources to get you started with primary science.

About the pathway

The early career pathway is a flexible professional development programme which will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach primary science effectively.
Designed and delivered by subject experts, the pathway begins by exploring the fundamental aspects of teaching primary science before progressing to more in-depth approaches designed to embed best practice in your classroom.
Once you have completed the pathway, you will receive the STEM Learning Early Career Teacher accreditation. You will also receive a STEM Certificate every time you successfully complete a course, helping to demonstrate your commitment to professional development.
This pathway is designed to support you over the first two years of your teaching career and will comprise of a minimum of 44 hours of CPD, however dependent upon your needs you can design a suite of support to suit you.


Enrol on the pathway

1. Sign in or create an account.
2. Enrol on the pathway.
3. See details of the pathway in your dashboard.
4. Receive an email confirming your enrolment and next steps.

Primary science CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, YorkOutcomes

  • develop and embed best practice and improve your confidence in teaching primary science
  • understand the subject you teach and the statutory requirements within the National Curriculum
  • identify sources of CPD and support to ensure a high-quality education for young people
  • engage with a community of experienced professional and early careers teachers to establish a network of support


Start your early career journey

We understand that everyone has different professional development needs so we have included optional sessions to allow you to tailor the pathway to meet your individual requirements.
Primary Science Early Career Pathway Infographic
This two-year pathway of CPD, delivered through various modes, will comprise both core and optional elements.  You will access locally-delivered face-to-face CPD, intensive residential CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, and engage in online CPD through FutureLearn and our remote CPD offer.
If you're keen to find out more, download this handy fact sheet. For any further support, please email pathways@stem.org.uk.