• Professional development pathways

    Professional development is important at every stage of your career which is why we have created accredited pathways for science teachers to guide you through our programme of support.


Professional development at the National STEM Learning Centre, York

What's involved?

Through a mix of science-specific CPD, resources, activities and events, you can tailor the pathway to suit your teaching requirements, your commitments and your own professional development needs.
 
You’ll be part of a local and online community with other teachers at the same stage in their career, and will be supported by a range of experienced educators. Not only this, but you will also have access to a bank of resources to support you on your way.

 

For primary school teachers    For secondary school teachers


 

Supporting you and your career journey

  • Flexible

    • A range of pathway routes and options to suit you, your career journey, and your individual needs.

    • Minimum number of CPD hours is around 45, over a two-year support programme.

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  • Affordable

    • Free to enrol.

    • Bursary-funded residential CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre (fees may apply, depending on individual courses).

    • Heavily-subsidised remotely delivered courses.

  • Accredited

    • Receive a STEM Certificate every time you successfully complete a course.

    • On completion of the pathway, you will be recognised through our accreditation programme.

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How it works

How professional development pathways work infographic


Pathways for primary school teachers

  • Early career: primary teachers

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

    With support and guidance from subject experts and experienced educators, you will attend a variety of face-to-face, remotely-delivered and online courses to develop your skills and confidence in teaching primary science.

    Find out more about this pathway

  • Leadership: 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.

    You will take part in a range of events and professional development activities, including residential, local, remotely-delivered and online CPD.

    Find out more about this pathway

Pathways for secondary school teachers

  • Early career: secondary teachers

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

    With support and guidance from subject experts and experienced educators, you will attend a variety of face-to-face, remotely-delivered and online courses to develop your skills and confidence in teaching secondary science.

    Find out more about this pathway

  • Leadership: 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.

    You will take part in a range of events and professional development activities, including residential, local, remotely-delivered and online CPD.

    Find out more about this pathway

FAQs

How much does it cost?
It is free of charge to sign up to the professional development pathway, however each individual course has its own fee. You may be eligible for a bursary towards the cost of residential CPD. To find out if your school is eligible for a bursary, simply select a course and the date you would like to attend and then type in your school name. If you are already logged in to your account, and your account is linked to your current school, all you need to do is select the course and the date.
 
How many hours of work will this require per week?
The pathway is made up of a number of core and optional courses, and each course will vary in length. The minimum number of hours for each pathway is around 45 over the two year support programme.
 
Are there any assessments?
Some courses include elements of independent study but there are no compulsory assessments. There are optional gap analysis and impact self-assessments that you can complete if you would like to. 
 
I am a supply teacher - are these pathways suitable for me? 
Yes, any type of teacher or teaching assistant can enrol. Plus if you currently work in a state-funded school, and your account on the STEM website is linked to it, your school may be eligible for a bursary. If you are not registered with a school you can still sign up but may need to pay the full course fee.
 
I am a teacher working overseas – can I enrol?
Yes, however several courses on each pathway are face to face courses held in England which you would need to attend in person. If this is not feasible you can always sign up to any of our remotely delivered or online courses separately.
 
Is face to face CPD mandatory in order to complete the pathway? 
Yes - each pathway has a number of routes which you can design to suit you, however residential intensive CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York underpins each pathway, and is therefore a required element. 
 
If you require any more information, please email pathways@stem.org.uk