Secondary Science

Secondary science courses and network meetings for teachers and technicians. 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.

Please note, online bookings close 36 hours before course start date. Last minute bookings can be made by email and not the website.

For any queries regarding the courses please contact Anna Cummings on finance@dtsa.org.uk.

Online Courses

Network Meeting – Heads of Science and Secondary

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.

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.

Secondary Science Networks

20 October 2020

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Cost: £30

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.

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Three sessions

  • 28 September 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • 30 September 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • 5 October 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £100

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.

COVIDgenome

Three sessions

  • 7 October 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • 12 October 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm
  • 14 October 2020 – 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £100

Maths in Secondary Science 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.

Maths in Science

Five sessions

  • 12 October 2020 – 3.30pm – 5.30pm
  • 21 October 2020 – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £75

Tips and Tricks for KS3 Maths in Science

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.

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  • 14 October 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • Gap task to be completed in your own time
  • 19 October 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £100

Applying Knowledge and Understanding in Science

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

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  • 22 October 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • Gap task to be completed in your own time
  • 26 October 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £100

Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Physics KS4

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.

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  • 27 October 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • 4 November 2020 – 3.30pm-5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £75

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.

Biology
  • 4 November 2020 – 4.30pm-5.30pm
  • 9 November 2020 – 4.30pm-5.30pm
  • 11 November 2020 – 4.30pm-5.30pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £50
Fee-paying School or College – £100

NQT Essentials for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

NQT Essentials is science-specific CPD for your NQTs. Intended to plug some of the gaps that have arisen as a result of the social distancing measures introduced by the government, these workshops also include the opportunity to network with other NQTs.

NQT Essentials
  • 5 November 2020 – 4pm-6pm
  • Gap task to be completed in your own time
  • 10 November 2020 – 4pm-6pm
  • 19 November 2020 – 4pm-6pm
  • 24 November 2020 – 4pm-6pm

Cost:
State funded School or College – £100
Fee-paying School or College – £150

Upcoming Courses

Physics for Technicians

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

  • 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
Physics for Technicians

9 December 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby DE73 5UB
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Cost: £100

FACE – Inspiring Students Through a Farming Context

FACE is committed to helping teachers to overcome barriers and introduce innovative ways of embedding food, farming and the countryside in their schools.

This day would enable teachers and school leaders to access great content, relevant training and tailored advice so that they are able to create powerful learning experiences about food and farming, in both the classroom and the countryside, all based on a working farm for the day.

Farming and Countryside Education -FACE with Derby SLP

18 March 2021

Venue: Snitterton Road, Matlock DE4 2JG
Time:
9-4pm
Cost: Free

Past and Postponed Courses

To register your interest in the courses below please email finance@dtsa.org.uk with the name of the course.

Strengthening Practical Work in Physics – Derbyshire Delegates

The aim of this course is to enable teachers and technicians of physics to explore a range of ideas for teaching topics across the physics curriculum. Through hands-on activities you will undertake new and established strategies and relevant practical techniques to make students’ learning more effective.

 

You will be able to:

  • develop an understanding of the nature, purpose and importance of practical work in physics lessons
  • employ new and established practical strategies and techniques to teach physics effectively
  • plan how to incorporate these ideas into schemes of learning
Strengthening practical work in physics

Venue: Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BT
Time: 9am – 3.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Essential Skills for New and Aspiring Secondary Science Leadership – Derbyshire Delegates

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.

 

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
Essential skills for new and aspiring secondary science leadership

Venue: Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BT
Time: 9am – 3.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Key Stage 3 Science for Non-Science Specialists: Day 1

Does your school have non-science specialist teaching science at Key Stage 3? Indeed, are you a non-science specialist teaching science?

This course is designed so that you will be able to teach pre-GCSE level science confidently whilst developing a repertoire of practical activities and embed working scientifically in your everyday teaching.

 

Outcomes

  • improve your confidence and competence in teaching biology, chemistry and physics
  • plan for inclusion of working scientifically
  • identify opportunities to develop practical science skills in lessons
Key Stage 3 science for non-science specialists

Venue: Eckington School, Dronfield Road, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4GN
Time: 9am – 3.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Science For Low Attainers: How To Engage and Ensure Progress – Derbyshire Delegates

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.

 

You will be able to:

  • Adapt curriculum models to raise attainment for lower ability students in science
  • Build skills for accessing assessment
  • Develop strategies to deliver the curriculum within engaging contexts for low attainers
  • Link understanding science to real-world contexts
Science for low attainers

Venue: Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BT
Time: 9am – 3.30pm
Cost: £175

The Improving Secondary Science Report: Implementing the Recommendations – Derbyshire Delegates

This day of CPD looks at the Education Endowment Foundation guidance report on good secondary science teaching, and is suitable for all secondary school leaders, science leads, and science teachers. This CPD is delivered by our experienced facilitators in a partnership between the research school and the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Science Learning Partnerships, helping you take the recommendations of the report and use them in your own school.

 

You will be able to:

  •  State the recommendations of the EEF Improving Secondary Science report
  •  Use a selection of practical strategies to implement the findings of the report in your own school

Meeting the New Ofsted Framework in Secondary Science – Derbyshire Delegates

The Ofsted framework introduced in September 2019 requires science leaders to have a clear curriculum vision for the subject, and be able to implement it effectively. Using Ofsted’s 3Is (Intent, Implementation and Impact) as a foundation, this course will guide participants through both the new framework and their current science curriculum, to ensure that the department, and its teachers and students, are better prepared. The course will help identify strengths and weaknesses in your current curriculum provision – from teaching and learning in lessons, to broader thinking beyond exam specifications that links school science to the outside world.

 

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Clarify the importance of, and approach to, curriculum in the 2019 Ofsted framework
  • Develop the intent of your science curriculum – its sense of purpose in improving students’ knowledge and skills
  • Improve the implementation of your science curriculum – focusing on the key considerations when implementing what was intended
  • Clarify where and how the impact of your implemented science curriculum could be evidenced – and be better prepared for an inspection
  • Prepare your next steps as a science leader
Meeting the new Ofsted framework in secondary science

Venue: Wilsthorpe School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4WT
Time: 9.45am – 3.45pm
Cost: £175

Effective Preparation for Exams

The move away from modular examinations and controlled assessment requires teachers to develop effective strategies that promote a holistic view of the subject. This continuing professional development will help you to move away from last minute revision strategies to supporting your students across the GCSE or A level course. You will identify current strengths, and opportunities for change, both at long and short-term level. You will also consider the implications of current research into what helps students be more successful.

Effective Preparation for Exams with Derby SLP

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

NQT Programme Day 2 – Derbyshire Delegates

This is a network meeting to give science NQT’s, trainee teachers and inexperienced teachers a forum to meet and chat to share experience.

You will be able to:

  • keep up to date with the latest developments in teaching and the science curriculum
  • receive face to face support from experienced science teachers
  • build a network of local contacts
  • discuss issues relevant to your own class teaching
DGP Skills of Chairing a Meeting

Venue: Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BT
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Individual Session Cost: £100

Strengthening Practical Work in Chemistry

Research evidence indicates that practical learning improves student motivation, attainment and overall school performance. Through hands-on activities you will undertake new and established strategies and practical techniques to make students’ learning more effective.

Practical Work in Chemistry - Secondary Science Derby SLP

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Preparing Students for the New GCSEs: Getting Students to the Top Grades – Derbyshire Delegates

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.

Outcomes

We can develop an affordable bespoke CPD event which is delivered locally to you for:

  • individuals such as: subject leaders, coordinators, heads of departments
  • a team/whole department
  • a network of schools/groups
  • multi-academy trusts
  • initial teacher education
Preparing students for the new GCSEs

Venue: The Nottingham Emmanuel School, Gresham Park Road, West Bridgford NG2 7YF
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Session Cost: £175

Technicians Network Meetings

A chance to come together and join technicians from other schools across the region. The afternoon will focus on GCSE required practicals – different ways of delivering/resourcing them and how to make them work. As there are some practical elements to this workshop numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Outcomes

  • To increase confidence of delegates with preparing and resourcing GCSE required practicals
  • To find out about professional recognition (RSciTech) through the ASE
  • To network with other technicians from around the region.
Technicians Network Meetings with Derby SLP

Venue: Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: Free

Strengthening Practical Work in Biology – Derbyshire Delegates

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. There will be hands-on opportunities to explore interesting and creative approaches to new and familiar practical techniques using a range of resources, publications and ICT applications to make students learning more effective.

Biology

Venue: Eckington School, Dronfield Road, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4GN
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Session Cost: £60

Enhancing Literacy Skills in Science

We will support you in responding to the increased literacy demands of the National Curriculum. Throughout this course you will develop strategies to ensure that your students have the skills to be effective, independent learners who have a range of literacy skills, not only for their exams but for their futures.

Better Explanations in Secondary Science – Derbyshire Delegates

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.

Outcomes

We can develop an affordable bespoke CPD event which is delivered locally to you for:

  • individuals such as: subject leaders, coordinators, heads of departments
  • a team/whole department
  • a network of schools/groups
  • multi-academy trusts
  • initial teacher education
Better Explanations in Secondary Science - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Venue: DYHNE, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Ln, Doncaster DN4 6TB
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

Making STEM Subjects Attractive to Girls

Do you want to motivate Key stage 3 students to study triple science? This activity will help you identify students for triple science. You will use different sources of data to help you identify these students and examine ways to motivate students, enrich triple science learning and investigate STEM career resources. All of these strategies can be used to inspire all students in their science learning.

You will be able to:

  • use KS3 data effectively to identify appropriate students for triple science
  • explore strategies for motivating students to take triple science and enrich their learning
  • investigate and develop uses of STEM careers resources
NQT Essentials

Venue: Notre Dame High School Environmental Centre, Sheffield S10 3BT
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £70

Teaching Science to Students with Special Needs

Strategies for teaching pupils with specific learning needs.

You will be able to:

  • explore the context and constraints applying to students targeted to attain grades 1 to 3 in GCSE science at the end of their school career
  • develop an approach to teaching that will secure good progress and appropriate outcomes for these students who are low attainers or have SEND
  • identify some strategies to help these learners make progress and exemplify these strategies in science teaching
Teaching Science

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £60