Our professional development opportunities for Secondary Schools. These are hosted across the county and are tailored to the current needs and trends in Science education at the moment. 

Strengthening practical work in biology

Strengthening practical work in biology

We will explore strategies for teaching topics across the biology curriculum and develop an understanding of how practical work can be made more relevant and effective.

5th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

10th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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Assessment for Learning

Assessment for Learning

This course identifies a range of potential barriers for teachers and students in responding to the move to the Linear Assessment model. It goes beyond looking at short term bolt on interventions to look at issues such as progression, tracking progress and how best to structure learning so students gain a deep, long terms understanding of the science.

9th November 2020, 15:00 - 16:30

Spires College, Torquay (Online)

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Essential skills for new and aspiring leadership

Essential skills for new and aspiring leadership

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.

10th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

15th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

19th January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

2nd March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x4 half days

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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.

30th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

11th January 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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Chemistry for Non-Specialists

Chemistry for Non-Specialists

This course is aimed at non-specialists that find themselves teaching chemistry, particularly to GCSE level. During the course, subject knowledge in the seven key topic areas will be covered along with common misconceptions. Strategies will be developed to help with effective teaching of the tricky bits of the curriculum and participants will be signposted to resources that will help to develop their teaching of chemistry.

Note : This course is designed to develop subject knowledge of the chemistry curriculum and there will be limited engagement with practical chemistry.

18th January 2021, 15:00 - 16:30

Spires College, Torquay (Online)

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Strengthening practical work in physics

Strengthening practical work in physics

Explore a range of ideas for teaching topics across the physics curriculum and develop an understanding of how practical work can be made more relevant and effective.

21st January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

4th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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Stretch and Challenge: Chemistry

Stretch and Challenge: Chemistry

This course is aimed at non-specialists that find themselves teaching chemistry, particularly to GCSE level. During the course, subject knowledge in the seven key topic areas will be covered along with common misconceptions. Strategies will be developed to help with effective teaching of the tricky bits of the curriculum and participants will be signposted to resources that will help to develop their teaching of chemistry.

Note : This course is designed to develop subject knowledge of the chemistry curriculum and there will be limited engagement with practical chemistry.

26th January 2021, 9:30 - 17:00

South Molton (Online)

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Tinkering as an approach to learning across the STEM curriculum

Tinkering as an approach to learning across the STEM curriculum

This course is an introduction to using tinkering as an approach to learning in science, computing and D&T and to build resilience in pupils at primary level

11th February 2021, 9:30 - 16:30

Westclyst Primary School

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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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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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Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Help your science students apply their knowledge and skills by focusing on AO2 exam specifications.

Develop the ability of your students to apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures. This course focuses on the demands of AO2 in exam specifications and offers practical advice and suggestions on how to develop application and problem solving skills. You will create a toolkit of activities that will help you promote application skills in your students.

15th March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

29th March 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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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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Meeting the new Ofsted framework in secondary science

Meeting the new Ofsted framework in secondary science

The new Ofsted framework, to be introduced from September 2019, will require leaders and teachers of science to have a clear curriculum vision for the subject, this course will guide participants through a review of the science curriculum offer to ensure that your students meet the Ofsted 3 Is (Intent, Implementation and Impact). The course will look at how to identify gaps in teaching and learning and how to ensure that they are filled, how to broaden your thinking beyond working to exam specifications and linking learning to the world of work, society and real-world contexts

27th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

15th June 2020, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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Strengthening practical work in chemistry

Strengthening practical work in chemistry

This professional development experience draws on recent research into the use of practical work in schools and how practical activities can be used more effectively to enhance students learning in chemistry.

29th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

24th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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Science for low attainers - How to engage and ensure progress

Science for low attainers - How to engage and ensure progress

This course will look at how to effectively deliver the science curriculum to ensure progress by low attainers. The course will look at how the curriculum can be modelled to support low attainers and you will develop strategies to engage students with science and to ensure that pupil's skills are developed to allow them to access examinations and required practicals.

3rd May 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

21st June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00

Virtual event - delivered over x2 half days

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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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