Leadership pathway for secondary 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 student attainment in the subject.​




Wayne Jarvis, Pathway Lead, explains how this Pathway supports new, aspiring and established leaders of Secondary science, and a short activity to get you thinking about your role as a science leader.

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 secondary 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.

Science leadership CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, YorkOutcomes

  • develop and embed best practice and improve your confidence to lead science in your secondary school
  • understand the subject, role and responsibilities of a science subject leader
  • identify sources of CPD and support to ensure a high quality of education for young people in your school
  • learn from others and gain experience and knowledge from the latest research and evidence to put into practice in your school


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.
Secondary Science Leadership Pathway Infographics
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.