Essential science for new and recently established leaders NY062

Developing your subject knowledge helps to increase your confidence in teaching any area of the curriculum; however, research has shown that teachers' science subject knowledge is often an area requiring development.


A lack of detailed subject knowledge can sometimes mean primary teachers feel less confident teaching science. This course addresses this need by providing you with the specific, in-depth subject knowledge you need to effectively and confidently deliver the primary science curriculum. Over the duration of the course you will become more confident in the biology, physics and chemistry aspects of the curriculum, with these sessions being delivered by subject experts.

You'll also look at effective ways to lead science within your school and discover how to engage with your school colleagues to increase their confidence when teaching science. You'll participate in practical tasks aimed at bringing science learning to life and plan how to ensure skills and knowledge progression is embedded within your whole school curriculum.

As well as subject knowledge development, you'll look at effective assessment strategies, ways to enrich the science curriculum and successful ways to monitor science and support your colleagues to develop their science teaching. 

Who is it for?

New and recently established science leaders.

What topics are covered?

This course consists of 4 days face to face which covers:
  • key stage 3 level subject knowledge development of physics, chemistry and biology
  • what does good enquiry look like?
  • raising the profile of science in your school
  • the role of the subject leader
  • assessing primary science
  • leading and improving the quality of science in your school
  • action planning an engaging and progressive science curriculum
  • developing careers learning through engaging science
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face

How long is this course?

4 day face to face residential


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

  • develop a deep understanding of the scientific concepts within the primary science curriculum
  • lead improvement in the quality of science teaching and learning within your school
  • develop your primary science expertise and implement a whole school vision for science
  • monitor provision of science, pupil's progress and contribute to the strategic development of learning in school


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