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Welcome to the Cheshire and Stockport Science Learning Partnership!

Science Learning Partnership (SLP) Cheshire and Stockport – if you have any questions, please contact slp@eatonbank.org

The Science Learning Partnership arranges quality, relevant, up to date and dynamic Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and networking opportunities for Primary, Secondary and FE Staff in the area of Science.

The latest course information can be found here www.stem.org.uk  Please click on ‘cpd’ to search for courses.

Courses planned for Summer & Autumn – Primary


 

 

Assessment and moderation using practical tools
Course code – RA121 C22

Start date 13 June, 13.30 to 16.00
Location Grange Community Primary School, Brindley Avenue, Winsford CW7 2EG

Summary
This is a local network meeting facilitated by local teachers to share good practice.
Please see individual dates for further information.
Outcomes
You will:
• develop the teaching and assessment of working scientifically in your school
• develop your schemes of work/learning in order to enhance the teaching and learning of science in your school

 


Taking science outside
Course code – RA111 C02

Start date 3 Jul 13.30 to 16.00
Location Greave Primary School, Werneth Road, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1HR

Summary
The primary National Curriculum now has an emphasis on outdoor learning. Through this popular course we can offer practical advice to help you make the most of the resources around your school and beyond the classroom to inspire teaching and learning within a safe environment.
Using the outside world will create exciting and inspiring investigations that will motivate and engage your pupils to learn.

Outcomes

You will be able to:
• Use a variety of learning environments to identify opportunities to enhance the teaching of science
• Plan safe and stimulating activities that take place outside the classroom
• Use a variety of resources to engage children in outdoor learning


Developing the role of the primary science subject leader
Course code – RA101 C08

Start date 20 Sep 09.30 to 15.30
Location Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, CW12 1NT

Summary
Good subject leadership has a positive impact on the quality of science teaching in primary schools. You will explore a range of strategies to audit and lead science in your school, understand your role more fully and be able to identify and promote effective primary science
Outcomes

You will be able to:
•set and manage processes for leading science effectively
•lead change in your school to support delivery of the new primary curriculum


Working scientifically in the primary curriculum – pupil led investigations
Course code – RA108 C01

Start date 28 Sep 09.30 to 15.30
Location Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, CW12 1NT

Summary
Pupils are enthused and motivated when they are involved in planning their own enquiries and when they can see the relevance of them to their everyday life. You will explore a range of techniques to draw out their ideas and develop strategies to inspire and incorporate these ideas into your science lessons.

Outcomes
You will be able to:
•incorporate children’s ideas into your science lessons
•plan for science with a creative approach

Technician and head of science networks will continue to run on a termly basis.


Developing the role of the primary science subject leader
Course code – RA101 C08

Start date 20 Sept 09.30 to 16.00
Location Eaton Bank Academy, Jackson Road, Congleton CW12 1NT

Summary

Good subject leadership has a positive impact on the quality of science teaching in primary schools. You will explore a range of strategies to audit and lead science in your school, understand your role more fully and be able to identify and promote effective primary science.

Outcomes

You will be able to:
•set and manage processes for leading science effectively
•lead change in your school to support delivery of the new primary curriculum


Courses planned for Summer & Autumn – Secondary


Engaging and ensuring progress of low attainers in science
Course code – RA229 / C03
Date and time – 6 Jun 18, 13.00 to 16.00
Location – Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1NT

Summary
This course provides participants with strategies to improve the progress made by low attaining students in science. it supports the development of numeracy and literacy skills in Science and the identification of science misconceptions.

Outcomes
You will:
develop strategies to improve student motivation to engage by linking the interests of students to the curriculum
identify new and interesting challenges to incorporate into science practical teaching
apply new methods to support students with the unique literacy challenges linked to science achievement and develop a 5 year numeracy road map to support improved attainment in numeracy


Getting to grips with A-level chemistry

Course code – RA502 C02

Start date – 2 July 10.00 – 15.30
Location – Malbank School and Sixth Form College, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

Summary
This course is ideal for teachers who are new or relatively new to teaching A level chemistry. The course aims to improve confidence in subject knowledge and skills appropriate to post-16 chemistry through the exploration of key ideas common to all specifications. It will support you in developing higher level thinking with your students through the use of practical work, demonstrations and modelling activities.

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • describe chemical models and key misconceptions and evaluate the use of these to develop your students’ chemical confidence
  • develop subject knowledge in key ideas at post-16
  • link basic concepts to more complex ideas
  • design, deliver and evaluate learning episodes at post-16

Mathematics in science teaching
Course code – RA210  C05
Date and time – 12 Jun 18, 13.00 to 16.00
Location – Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1NT

Summary
There is an increased mathematical demand in science and a greater understanding is necessary to accelerate learning and raise attainment for science GCSE’s.

This course explores the typical weaknesses in mathematics that hinder students’ ability to understand and solve scientific problems. It will give teachers an increased confidence in teaching the mathematical aspects of secondary science and the skills and strategies to meet these requirements.

Outcomes
You will be able to:
appreciate how weaknesses in understanding mathematics can lead to difficulty in understanding secondary science
identify pedagogies to address these weaknesses
understand how mathematics is used to make simple descriptions and predictions in science and how this might be supported by software examples
access mathematics in science resources for teaching GCSE science


Technician network session 3-3
Course code – RA607 C03
Date and time – 15 Jun 18, 13:30-15:30
Location – Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS

Summary
With curriculum change at A level and GCSE on the horizon presenting challenges for school science departments, it seems an appropriate time for those supporting school science to meet to discuss and share good practice.

Outcomes
You will:
be updated about curriculum changes
establish how this will impact school science departments
establish a working brief for the network
identify future training needs


Subject leaders’ network meeting
Course code – RA219 C21
Date and time – 28 Jun 18, 13:30-16:00
Location – The Winsford Academy, Grane Lane, Winsford, CW7 2BT

Summary
This is a chance for collaboration with your peers so you can share information and develop as a leader. Expert consultants will help you identify priority issues in teaching and learning and professional development for your teams. You will be able to develop solutions, drawing on the expertise within the group. This strengthening of informal school-to-school support will create an effective network of information, advice and guidance.

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Old from Ofqual will be joining our summer Head of Science network meeting to take your questions and feedback on the changes to the science qualifications. We expect the discussion to cover topics such as comparable outcomes in the first year of a new qualification, tiering, how the new Combined Science grading scale works and the new ways of assessing mathematical and practical skills. There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance.

In addition we plan to look at how schools are structuring the science curriculum; whether that is a five year journey; an extended key stage four or a transition Year 9.

We hope that you will be able to join us and share your experiences.

Outcomes
You will be able to:
work collaboratively to identify priorities in science teaching and learning and in science-specific professional development for your teams
share and develop strategies to tackle these issues, drawing on expertise as needed from outside the network


Physics for non-specialists
Course code – RA208 C02
Date and time – 28 Jun 18, 09.30-15.30
Location – Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1NT

Summary
If you have been asked to teach physics and it is outside your specialist area, this course is for you.

It has been developed with the Institute of Physics and throughout the course we will develop your understanding of the principles of physics and the skills and strategies needed to teach the subject effectively and improve student motivation and attainment. This, in turn, will increase take-up of physics at GCSE, A level and beyond.

Outcomes
You will be able to:
increase your understanding of physics topics at 11-16
become more confident and competent in your teaching of physics at 11-16
develop an understanding of common student misconceptions and how these can be addressed
employ the effective use of scientific models relevant to the teaching of physics
rehearse opportunities for practical work and the use of ICT-based activities
teach the mathematical aspects of physics with greater confidence


Technician network – Cheshire West and Chester
Course code – RA607 C04
Date and time – 29 Jun 18, 13.30 – 15.30
Location – The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College, Old Wrexham Road, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HS

Summary
The £60.00 fee is per school. The school may send as many technicians as they like

With curriculum change at A level and GCSE on the horizon presenting challenges for school science departments, it seems an appropriate time for those supporting school science to meet to discuss and share good practice.

Outcomes
You will:
be updated about curriculum changes
establish how this will impact school science departments
establish a working brief for the network
identify future training needs


Essential skills for new and aspiring science leaders
Course code – RA206  C05
Date and time – 18 Sep 18 and 13 Nov 18 – 14.00 to 17.00
Location – Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1NT

Summary
Working with an experienced science leader, you will develop your vision and leadership skills to enable you to lead an effective and vibrant science team. By improving your leadership and management skills you will help your team teach more effectively so students achieve their potential.

Outcomes
You will be able to:
use data analysis and information to identify key priorities for departmental improvement
analyse common challenges and explore solutions to address them
evaluate and select strategies to implement successful teamwork and lead change
develop a vision for teaching and learning in science by sharing ideas with other new leaders


Courses are currently being planned – if you wish any further information, please contact slp@eatonbank.org
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