Leadership pathway for primary teachers

Ideal for new, existing or aspiring science subject leaders, this pathway provides a framework to support the development of leadership skills to raise the profile of science and improve pupil attainment in the subject.​




Tanya Shields, Pathway Lead, explains how this Pathway will support you as a Primary Science Leader in your school and provides key questions to think about as you begin your leadership development.

About the pathway

The leadership pathway is a flexible professional development programme which will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead science effectively in your primary school.
You will learn from experienced subject experts and have the opportunity to tailor the pathway to meet your individual needs and requirements. 
Once you have completed the pathway, you will receive the STEM Learning Leadership 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 for two years in your role as a science leader in your school and will comprise of a minimum of 50 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 leadership CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, YorkOutcomes

  • develop and embed best practice and improve your confidence to lead science in your primary school
  • understand the subject, role and responsibilities of a primary science subject leader
  • identify sources of CPD and support to ensure a high quality of education for young people in your school
  • engage with a community of experienced professional and primary science leaders to establish a network of support


Start your learning 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 Leadership 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 sheetFor any further support, please email pathways@stem.org.uk.