Our professional development opportunities for Secondary Schools are hosted across the county and are tailored to the current needs and trends in science education at the moment. Below is a list of upcoming events, but if you're unable to see what you're after please browse the secondary course brochureor consider getting touch so that we may work to provide you with a more bespoke package of support.

Mentoring for NQTs/ITTs in Science

Mentoring for NQTs/ITTs in Science

Whether you are new to mentoring or an experienced mentor this remote CPD will allow you to develop your practice in supporting early career teachers and those returning to the profession. You will consider the teacher standards and mentoring guidance and identify points that are particularly pertinent in science. This will lead into developing science specific aspects of mentoring including supporting your mentee in.

27th January 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

3rd February 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

10th January 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Secondary Support for the New Staff in September NQTs

Secondary Support for the New Staff in September NQTs

Develop an understanding of the key aspects of teaching science for NQTs, early career teachers or anyone returning to the classroom. It covers managing behaviour including for practical work; lesson objectives and outcomes; planning a sequence of learning; questioning and assessment - including formative assessment and top tips for starting your first job (or a new job or new academic year).

28th January 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

4th February 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

11th February 2021, 15:30 - 16:15

25th February 2021, 15:30 - 16:15

(Course consists of 4 facilitated sessions)

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Narrowing the Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Learners in Science

Narrowing the Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Learners in Science

School closures due to COVID-19 have impacted more negatively on disadvantaged learners than non-disadvantaged peers. This course brings together the findings from research on the barriers to the progress of disadvantaged learners and identifies the areas where are likely to have impact in the classroom. Strategies to support learners with aspects of literacy, scientific reasoning and metacognition are explored with participants also sharing their own good practice.

4th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

11th February 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

(Course consists of 2 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Biology

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Biology

This course will provide subject knowledge to help in planning and teaching biology for Key Stage 4 (Coordinated Science and Triple Science) with a focus on the genome, genes and gene expression and cell division. Develop your biology teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effectively, engaging your students and supporting their achievement and attainment. You will be supported to find ways to enhance students’ learning skills. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking account of preconceptions, misconceptions and common issues in teaching these biology concepts.

9th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

22nd February 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

24th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Physics

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Physics

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching physics for key stage 4. It will build on your knowledge from undertaking the key stage 3 physics course. Start your key stage 4 teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your physics classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

9th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

23rd February 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

9th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

16th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 4 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Chemistry

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Chemistry

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching chemistry for key stage 4. Gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your GCSE chemistry classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

9th February 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

23rd February 2021, 14.00 - 15.00

9th March 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Planning and Delivering a Remote Science Lesson

Planning and Delivering a Remote Science Lesson

Develop the skills required to deliver remote science lessons in an effective and engaging way for your learners. You will have opportunity to consider the most effective ways of using the technology available and will be able to practise and reflect on mapping your existing lessons towards remote delivery.

9th February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

10th February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

12th February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Moving into Science Leadership

Moving into Science Leadership

For teachers who are wanting to take up their first responsibility post and will be leading colleagues perhaps for the first time. This course will provide a range of strategies to support their move into a first area of responsibility within a science department. It will look at: Leadership styles, the difference between leadership and management, what outstanding teaching and learning look like, strategies for monitoring and evaluation, writing a strategic action plan and how best to implement change.

9th February 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

23rd March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

2nd March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

9th March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

16th March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

(Course consists of 5 facilitated sessions)

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Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

This course will be facilitated by Rob May who has many years of experience as a Head of Science in different school settings and is an excellent lead practitioner.Consider what makes an effective curriculum. Progression in content and skills are explored and also how we can plan to support long term learning at curriculum level. This meets the need for preparation for an OFSTED deep dive. External influences on curriculum development are considered and participants will explore development of schemes of learning to suit their own setting and identify next steps.

11th February 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

23rd February 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

2nd March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

This course will be facilitated by Rob May who has many years of experience as a Head of Science in different school settings and is an excellent lead practitioner.Consider what makes an effective curriculum. Progression in content and skills are explored and also how we can plan to support long term learning at curriculum level. This meets the need for preparation for an OFSTED deep dive. External influences on curriculum development are considered and participants will explore development of schemes of learning to suit their own setting and identify next steps.

11th February 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

23rd February 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

2nd March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Retrieval Practice

Retrieval Practice

Looking to improve students’ performance? This CPD will enable you to consider a range of key strategies to help you achieve this in your science department. It has been designed for science departments and teachers that have little experience in delivering triple science courses. It would also be useful to attend if you are a new member of staff in a department that delivers triple science or your staff have found the change to current GCSE specifications challenging.

22nd February 2021, 15:00 - 16:30

Spires College, Torquay (Online)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Physics

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Physics

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching physics for key stage 3. Start your key stage 3 teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your physics classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

23rd February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

2nd March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

4th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Effective Transition Between Year 6 and Year 7 in Science

Effective Transition Between Year 6 and Year 7 in Science

This course will be facilitated by two expert teacher practitioners, one primary and the other secondary and is suitable for both Primary and Secondary Science Teachers. The course will focus on how to establish effective transition between year 6 and year 7 in science. You will have the opportunity to consider the nature and content of the year 6 science curriculum, how to develop creative activities that build on prior learning and how to use diagnostic teaching to identify and address gaps in knowledge and skills. You will also evaluate case studies from a variety of sources that showcase effective strategies, techniques and activities to support transition between year 6 and year 7 in science. You will be able to discuss issues with teachers across phases.

24th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

3rd March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

10th March 2021, 15:00 - 16:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Recently Qualified Teachers

Recently Qualified Teachers

We can support you in identifying the CPD support that you need, provide CPD activity directly from our programme of courses, or work with you to tailor the content to meet your requirements.

1st March 2021, 13:30 - 15:00

Spires College, Torquay (Online)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Biology

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Biology

Designed to support teachers who are non-specialists, you will develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching biology for key stage 3. Gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach your biology classes effectively. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

1st March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

3rd March 2021, 16.15 - 17.15

5th March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

Maths in the Secondary Curriculum

Maths in the Secondary Curriculum

Develop your teaching of key areas of mathematics in the science curriculum. You will be able to develop strategies to support the teaching of graphs to enable students to sketch, interpret, draw and find lines of best fit as well as more general skills required to manipulate ‘number’, such as rounding, standard form and links to appropriate units. As well as developing specific skills, you will consider how to build confidence in students to enable them to solve and manipulate equations.

2nd March 2021, 15:45 - 17:45

4th March 2021, 15:45 - 17:45

9th March 2021, 15:45 - 16:45

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Chemistry

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS3 Chemistry

Develop subject knowledge to help planning and teaching chemistry for key stage 3. Aimed specifically at non-specialists, you will gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach your chemistry classes effectively. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

4th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

11th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

28th January 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Chemistry Triple Science

Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Chemistry Triple Science

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching Chemistry for Key Stage 4 (triple science). Gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your GCSE chemistry classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

8th March 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

15th March 2021, 14.00 - 15.00

22nd March 2021, 14:00 - 15:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Health and Safety for NQTs in Science

Health and Safety for NQTs in Science

Support those who are new to teaching science with the fundamentals of safe and effective practical work. We will cover what is needed in a school lab, how to produce risk assessments that help you and others do the practical well and give you support in dealing with things that can go wrong.

4th March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30

11th March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30

18th March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Leading Health and Safety in your Science Department

Leading Health and Safety in your Science Department

Heads of department and key stages need to consider how effective the implementation of health and safety really is. Identify areas for development, understand the legal requirements and how you move towards everyone having a good understanding of effective health and safety. We will focus on the core areas of concern in science departments and support you with identifying good practice, as well as being able to audit in an appropriate way.

9th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

16th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

23rd March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Secondary Support for the New Staff in September NQTs

Secondary Support for the New Staff in September NQTs

Develop an understanding of the key aspects of teaching science for NQTs, early career teachers or anyone returning to the classroom. It covers managing behaviour including for practical work; lesson objectives and outcomes; planning a sequence of learning; questioning and assessment - including formative assessment and top tips for starting your first job (or a new job or new academic year).

11th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

18th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

25th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:15

1st April 2021, 15:30 - 16:15

(Course consists of 4 facilitated sessions)

Register now

Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

Leading on Secondary Science Curriculum Design

This course will be facilitated by Rob May who has many years of experience as a Head of Science in different school settings and is an excellent lead practitioner.Consider what makes an effective curriculum. Progression in content and skills are explored and also how we can plan to support long term learning at curriculum level. This meets the need for preparation for an OFSTED deep dive. External influences on curriculum development are considered and participants will explore development of schemes of learning to suit their own setting and identify next steps.

15th March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

18th March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

22nd March 2021, 16:15 - 17:15

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Mentoring for NQTs/ITTs in Science

Mentoring for NQTs/ITTs in Science

Whether you are new to mentoring or an experienced mentor this remote CPD will allow you to develop your practice in supporting early career teachers and those returning to the profession. You will consider the teacher standards and mentoring guidance and identify points that are particularly pertinent in science. This will lead into developing science specific aspects of mentoring including supporting your mentee in.

10th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

17th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

24th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Biology Triple Science

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Biology Triple Science

Explore background subject knowledge to help planning and teaching biology for key stage 4 (Triple Science) with a focus on coordination and control. Start your Triple Science teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your biology classes.

10th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

17th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

24th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Physics Triple Science

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Physics Triple Science

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching physics for key stage 4 (Triple Science). Start your Triple Science teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your physics classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

10th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

16th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

18th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Developing Learners Resilience and Independent Learning Skills in Post 16 Science

Developing Learners Resilience and Independent Learning Skills in Post 16 Science

Explore different methods to help learners manage the transition from level 2 (KS4) to level 3 (KS5), cope with the challenges of independent learning and develop the resilience to endure a full post-16 programme. Develop strategies to ensure that the culture of the classroom is right and that learners develop the metacognitive skills and motivation needed to progress to higher levels of study and employment.

23rd March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30

25th March 2021, 16.30 - 17:30

30th March 2021, 16:30 - 17:30

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Narrowing the Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Learners in Science

Narrowing the Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Learners in Science

School closures due to COVID-19 have impacted more negatively on disadvantaged learners than non-disadvantaged peers. This course brings together the findings from research on the barriers to the progress of disadvantaged learners and identifies the areas where are likely to have impact in the classroom. Strategies to support learners with aspects of literacy, scientific reasoning and metacognition are explored with participants also sharing their own good practice.

23rd March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

30th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

(Course consists of 2 facilitated sessions)

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Planning and Delivering a Remote Science Lesson

Planning and Delivering a Remote Science Lesson

Develop the skills required to deliver remote science lessons in an effective and engaging way for your learners. You will have opportunity to consider the most effective ways of using the technology available and will be able to practise and reflect on mapping your existing lessons towards remote delivery.

23rd March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

25th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

26th March 2021, 15:30 - 16:30

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Chemistry

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Chemistry

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching chemistry for key stage 4. Gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your GCSE chemistry classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

23rd March 2021, 10:00 - 11:00

25th March 2021, 10.00 - 11.00

1st April 2021, 10:00 - 11:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Physics

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Physics

Develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching physics for key stage 4. It will build on your knowledge from undertaking the key stage 3 physics course. Start your key stage 4 teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effective learning for your physics classes. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

23rd March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

25th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

30th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

1st April 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 4 facilitated sessions)

Register now

Moving into Science Leadership

Moving into Science Leadership

For teachers who are wanting to take up their first responsibility post and will be leading colleagues perhaps for the first time. This course will provide a range of strategies to support their move into a first area of responsibility within a science department. It will look at: Leadership styles, the difference between leadership and management, what outstanding teaching and learning look like, strategies for monitoring and evaluation, writing a strategic action plan and how best to implement change.

23rd March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

25th March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

30th March 2021, 8:00 - 9:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

Register now

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Biology

Subject Knowledge Enhancement KS4 Biology

This course will provide subject knowledge to help in planning and teaching biology for Key Stage 4 (Coordinated Science and Triple Science) with a focus on the genome, genes and gene expression and cell division. Develop your biology teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effectively, engaging your students and supporting their achievement and attainment. You will be supported to find ways to enhance students’ learning skills. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking account of preconceptions, misconceptions and common issues in teaching these biology concepts.

24th March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

29th March 2021, 16.00 - 17.00

31st March 2021, 16:00 - 17:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Metacognition

Metacognition

This course explores the concept of metacognition and self-regulated learning. Based on the latest educational research, the course focuses on what is meant by self-regulated learning and how the interplay of knowledge (self, strategies and motivation), planning, monitoring and evaluation determine a successful approach to learning. Throughout the course, participants will consider the barriers to self-regulated learning and various strategies that can develop metacognitive skills in their learners.

26th April 2021, 15:00 - 16:30

Spires College, Torquay (Online)

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Stretch and Challenge: Physics

Stretch and Challenge: Physics

This course outlines how to develop teaching and curriculum design to stretch and challenges pupils in science. Participants will gain an understanding of what stretch and challenge should look like based on evidence from Ofsted and research. Participants will develop a tool kit of strategies to support teaching and will reflect on how curriculum design can help to stretch and challenge learners.

4th May 2021, 9:30 - 17:00

South Molton (Online)

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Improving Practical Work

Improving Practical Work

This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching triple science with a particular interest in developing their use of practical work.

Practical work can be a barrier to the effective delivery of triple science as some teachers feel they do not have the confidence, time or ability to develop their students’ learning through practical work. You may also need support in understanding how practical work is assessed in triple science, how it can be managed effectively in your classroom and where to find engaging practical activities. Through the course you will explore these issues, reflect on how they impact on your teaching and develop ways of confidently using practical work to develop learning.

10th May 2021, 13:30 - 16:30

Spires College, Torquay

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Behaviour management

Behaviour management

Supporting teachers new to the profession in considering ways of managing the behaviour of their students so that a positive, effective learning environment can be sustained.

8th June 2021, 15:30 - 17:00

South Molton (Online)

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Effective Delivery of Blended Practical Work for Triple Science

Effective Delivery of Blended Practical Work for Triple Science

Delivery of practical science is likely to remain a challenge for a considerable time, given the current climate of uncertainty. It is therefore timely to look at strategies, techniques and resources that can support the delivery of practical science via blended delivery methods. The purpose of this course will be to evaluate different methods of blended delivery, with a specific focus to Triple Science, which can support learners to develop their practical knowledge and skills. You will be signposted to identify various resources that can assist with blended delivery of practical science and learn from current practitioners.

22nd February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

24th February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

26th February 2021, 9:00 - 10:00

(Course consists of 3 facilitated sessions)

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Not seeing what you're after, please browse the secondary course brochureor consider getting touch so that we may work to provide you with a more bespoke package of support.