Primary STEM CPD

Primary STEM CPD, delivered in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, Leicester, Leicestershire & Northants: Courses for teachers in Science, Maths, Geology and Earth Sciences and Design & Technology.

The following packages provide opportunities to network and learn with colleagues in the same role in other schools. The sessions are aimed at subject leaders and other key school staff. Each session is professionally facilitated by STEM consultants.

“Subject-specific CPD is important for all science teachers and teaching assistants. But it is especially important for non-specialist primary teachers. This is because estimates suggest that just 5% of primary school teachers hold specialised science degrees and teaching qualifications in science. This means that some do not feel confident in teaching science.”

Ofsted subject review for science, published 29th April 2021

"Thank you so much for the CPD session yesterday morning, it was excellent. It was my first time at the cluster meetings 
but certainly won't be my last! I'll be telling all our cluster leads all about it! We would also love to have you come 
in and deliver some CPD to us, if this would be possible!"
Year 5 teacher, Derbyshire Primary School
"Thank you again for facilitating the meeting this afternoon. Just like last time, I found it hugely beneficial. 
The wealth of information and resources you shared was fantastic!"
Year 6 teacher, Derbyshire Primary School

BOOKINGS

Online bookings close 24 hours before the course start date. Last minute bookings can be made by email and not the website.

For any queries regarding a course please contact Anna Cummings on STEM@dtsa.org.uk.

FEES

Fees shown are for maintained (state-funded) schools.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for information on Resources, Registration, Booking and more.

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS2 – Mechanical Systems: Pulleys

RK198 A352

A prototype of a pulley system for the lighthouse keeper to have his lunch delivered.

Resources: Thin card, bottle tops, string, cotton, paper cups or small water bottles, scissors, dowel or kebab sticks.

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership. All other bookings will be cancelled.

pulley dt design technology mechanical pexels-erik-mclean-7561158

Date: 10 June 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

Primary Science Subject Leaders’ Network

RK121 A49

With the recent Ofsted Science report and all that it highlights as areas of strength but also areas for development, the Summer Science Subject Leader Network meetings will have a focus on trying to support leaders to develop the skills required in the disciplinary area of the science curriculum. Using this quote from the Ofsted document as a starting point;

Leaders’ plans to develop pupils’ disciplinary knowledge were usually much less developed than their plans to develop pupils’ substantive knowledge. In general, not enough consideration was given to identifying the disciplinary knowledge, including concepts, that are needed to work scientifically. This limited how effectively leaders could plan a curriculum for pupils to get better at working scientifically over time.’

We will consider and use a variety of resources to develop this area of the curriculum for our schools.

network school science leaders teacher

Date: 11 June 2024

Venue: Brookfield Primary School, Derby DE3 9SA
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: £75

EP2415 Crumble Project

RK198 A370

For participants from Wainwright Primary Academy only. All other bookings will be cancelled.

crumble kit

Date: 11 June 2024

Venue: Wainwright Primary Academy, Harrop White Road, Mansfield NG19 6TF
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

Primary Science Subject Leaders’ Network

RK121 A50

With the recent Ofsted Science report and all that it highlights as areas of strength but also areas for development, the Summer Science Subject Leader Network meetings will have a focus on trying to support leaders to develop the skills required in the disciplinary area of the science curriculum. Using this quote from the Ofsted document as a starting point;

Leaders’ plans to develop pupils’ disciplinary knowledge were usually much less developed than their plans to develop pupils’ substantive knowledge. In general, not enough consideration was given to identifying the disciplinary knowledge, including concepts, that are needed to work scientifically. This limited how effectively leaders could plan a curriculum for pupils to get better at working scientifically over time.’

We will consider and use a variety of resources to develop this area of the curriculum for our schools.

teacher network school science leaders

Date: 12 June 2024

Venue: Heath Primary School,Heath, Chesterfield
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: £75

Primary Science Network

RK121 B23

This is a local network meeting facilitated by local teachers to share good practice.

 

Schools from the Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Northants area can claim a £50 funded release payment upon completion. Please email Finance@DTSA.org.uk to claim before the course start date.

EP2413 Hosting or Leading a Collaborative Deep Dive

RK198 A373

Desired impact in school:

  • To model how a Collaborative Deep Dive can be used as a form of professional development for trust-wide Leaders of Excellence who may hold their own in future
  • To share ideas for structuring a Collaborative Deep Dive
  • To provide advice on any potential challenges involved in hosting/leading a Collaborative Deep Dive

 

For Primary Schools in the LEAD Enthuse project only. All other bookings will be cancelled.

Subject Leaders Meeting

Date: 25 June 2024

Venue: The Pavillion, Porchester Road, Nottingham NG3 6RG
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: Free

Collecting Data: Supporting children observing and exploring phenomena, and developing their skills in collecting data. Understand progression in collecting data.

RK121 B07

This course would normally be charged at £40, but to support this new network we are instead charging £20 per booking for maintained schools.

data science

Date: 3 July 2024

Venue: Rockingham Primary School, Rockingham Road, Corby NN17 1AJ
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: £20

EP2415 Design & Technology with Special Needs

RK198 A372

For participants from Yeoman Park Academy and invited guests only. All other bookings will be cancelled.

Design Technology

Date: 3 July 2024

Venue: Yeoman Park Academy, Park Hall Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield NG19 8PS
Time: 3.45pm – 5.15pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS2 – Structures. Model of a wind turbine

RK198 A347

A simple working model of a wind turbine as a prototype for an energy company planning a renewable energy wind farm that will lift a cup from the floor to the table

Resources: Paper cups, straws, dowel, blutak, string, elastic bands, scissors, pencils, rulers, (a hairdryer to generate wind).

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership.  All other bookings will be cancelled.

turbine DT science pexels-sam-forson-243138

Date: 8 July 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 Micro-bit project

RK198 A368

For participants from Wainwright Primary Academy only. All other bookings will be cancelled.

microbit 3

Date: 22 July 2024

Venue: Wainwright Primary Academy, Harrop White Road, Mansfield NG19 6TF
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2413 Assessment in Science

RK198 A382

Desired impact in school:

  • Teaching staff to be secure with assessing disciplinary knowledge and working scientifically in science.

School context:

The school currently uses Headstart assessments to support assessing disciplinary knowledge, PLAN and TAPs to support the assessing of working scientifically.

 

This course is for attendees from the Millfield LEAD Academy only. All other bookings will be cancelled.

Curriculum Design

Date: 12 September 2024

Venue: Millfield L.E.A.D. Academy, Hat Road, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2WF
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

Communicating Evidence: Progression in recording and presenting evidence

RK121 B10

This course would normally be charged at £40, but to support this new network we are instead charging £20 per booking for maintained schools.

DGP School Performance Gathering First Hand Evidence

Date: 12 September 2024

Venue: Rockingham Primary School, Rockingham Road, Corby NN17 1AJ
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: £20

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS2 – Electrical Systems – Control and Monitoring

RK198 A348

A nocturnal creature for a child that moves when it gets dark

Resources: Crumble kits with wheels (borrowed from Computing Hub), square section wood, dowel, thick corrugated card, thin card, glue, tape, scissors, pencils, rulers.

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership.  All other bookings will be cancelled.

micro:bit crumble kit coding DT D&T enrichment curricular

Date: 16 September 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS1 – Textiles

RK198 A353

A small bag for mum or dad to use as a mobile phone cover

Resources: Needles, thread, assorted fabric, scissors.

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership. All other bookings will be cancelled.

textiles design technology dt pexels-pixabay-461035

Date: 30 September 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS2 – Mechanical Systems – Cams

RK198 A349

A crocodile for child with a moving jaw using a cam.

Resources: Square section wood, dowel, wheels for cams, thick corrugated card, thin card, paper straws, glue, tape, scissors, pencils, rulers, small hand saw, bench hooks, G clamps, hand drills and drill bits.

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership.  All other bookings will be cancelled.

pexels-cottonbro-studio-3661224

Date: 14 October 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS2 – Computer Aided Design

RK198 A350

A design of a keyring for myself as an introduction to designing with CAD software.

Resources: Tinkercad – free 3D modelling software

tinkercad

Date: 11 November 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS1 – Cooking & Nutrition

RK198 A354

A healthy sandwich for a vegetarian to eat on a school picnic.

Resources: Suitable salad/vegetables, cheese, bread/wraps/pittas, knives, graters, chopping boards,

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership. All other bookings will be cancelled.

cooking nutrition science dt pexels-dana-tentis-691114

Date: 25 November 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

EP2415 A Product for a Person for a Purpose: KS1 – Mechanical Systems and Structures. Wheels and Axles

RK198 A351

A vehicle for teddy to move across the classroom

Resources: Junk boxes and tubes, wheels, dowel, paper straws, wooden pegs, thick corrugated card, thin card, glue, scissors, pencil, ruler.

 

This course is for participants within the Bracken Lane Enthuse Partnership. All other bookings will be cancelled.

toy car pexels-pixabay-35967

Date: 9 December 2024

Venue: Bracken Lane Primary Academy, Bracken Lane, Retford DN22 7EU
Time: 3.45pm – 5pm
Cost: Free

Integrating Climate Change into the Curriculum

Climate change is among the greatest threats and challenges of our time. From scientific analysis and technology to global political debate, tackling climate change requires a multi-disciplinary approach and encompasses a wide range of topics. During this course, you will learn about the science behind climate change, the strategies that are being employed to tackle the problem and explore creative ways to integrate this topic into the secondary curriculum.

Climate change

If you are interested in this course, please contact STEM@dtsa.org.uk for more details.

REGISTRATION, BOOKING AND FEES

Click on these links for more information on how to register, make bookings, fees and other information.

For any other queries regarding a course please contact Anna Cummings on STEM@dtsa.org.uk.

ONLINE & PAST COURSES

Online courses are available for when you’re short on time or when you can’t get out of school so easily, and a list of past courses is available to view showing courses we are able to run again on request.

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire and Leicester, Leicestershire & Northants Science Learning Partnerships (SLP), trading as Developing Teachers of Science Association (DTSA), cover the entire geographical area including Derby, Nottingham, Leicester & Northampton for STEM Learning UK.

Our aim is to allow all staff to support students to ensure they are the best that they can be. We are proud to have provided teachers, technicians and other educators with high impact, subject-specific professional development in science and the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.