Secondary Science

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.

For any queries regarding the courses or to take advantage of pre-booking deals, please contact Anna Cummings on finance@dtsa.org.uk. Please note, online bookings close 36 hours before course start date. Last minute bookings can be made by email and not the website.

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

23 October 2019

Venue: East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Commerce House, Millennium Way, Dunston Road, Chesterfield, S41 8ND
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

14 November 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

30 January 2020

Venue: East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Commerce House, Millennium Way, Dunston Road, Chesterfield, S41 8ND
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

4 February 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

4 February 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1-4pm
Individual Session Cost: £60

Upcoming Courses

Critical Thinking for Achievement Programme

Opportunity to observe lessons and discuss teaching and learning. We’ll also give you the chance to meet STEM Ambassadors with a wealth of science and industry knowledge.

Enrich science learning in school, develop subject knowledge and expertise in different fields of science.

Two one and a half hour twilight sessions in October and December.

Critical Thinking for Achievement Programme

21 October 2019
3 December 2019

Venue: Bemrose Primary School, Rowditch Avenue, Derby DE22 3LD
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Individual Session Cost: FREE

Applying knowledge and understanding in science – Derbyshire Delegates

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

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • explore a range of ideas to improve the accessibility of AO2 questions to your students
  • understand which topics are more challenging and why
  • develop strategies for building application and problem solving skills
Applying knowledge and understanding in science: Kelham Island

22 October 2019

Venue: Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY
Time: 10am – 5pm
Individual Session Cost: £175

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

7 November 2019

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

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

2 December 2019

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

NQT/RQT and ITT Network Meetings

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

13 November 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Individual Session Cost: £100

12 December 2019

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Individual Session Cost: £100

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.

Literacy in Science

12 November 2019

Venue: Eckington School, Dronfield Road, Eckington, Sheffield S21 4GN
Time: 9-4pm
Session Cost: £175

Mathematics In Science Teaching

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
maths and science formula

Derbyshire Delegates

25 November 2019

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

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

20 January 2020

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

Schoolchildren and teacher in science class

10 February 2020

Venue: Chellaston Academy, Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB
Time: 9am – 4pm
Individual 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.
Raised hands in classroom at School

21 November 2019

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

Past Courses

FACE (Farming And Countryside Education)

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.

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To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Gatsby Careers report and bringing STEM Careers into the classroom

Explore methods to raise awareness of the myriad of STEM related career opportunities. Learn how to interpret and strategically use LMI reports to inform curriculum planning. Accurately map the curriculum to embed good careers guidance (including the Gatsby benchmarks) and ensure that learners have meaningful encounters with employers. Discover how to embed employability skills and use STEM Ambassadors to provide real-world contexts to lessons.

Gatsby Career Benchmarks

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Nottingham LE12 5RD
Time: 1.30pm – 4pm
Individual Session Cost: Free

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
Girls in Science

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Teaching Lower Attaining Students – Tips and Tricks for Getting Good Results

Teaching science to lower attaining students – general principles:

  • Curriculum design
  • Modifying teaching
  • Resources & reading age
  • Scaffolding
  • Teaching strategies

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; identify some strategies to help these learners make progress and exemplify these strategies in science teaching.

Chemistry

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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

Essential Skills for New and Aspiring Science Leadership – Day 1

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.

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To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

Venue: St Helena’s House, S41 7LL (*Sat Nav, please use post code S41 7LU*)
Time: 9am – 4pm, Lunch included
Individual Session Cost: £175

The Gatsby Practical Science report – Implementing the recommendations

The Gatsby Practical Science report was published in 2017 and made a series of recommendations to improve practical science in schools. The main recommendation was that every school should have a written policy that explains why teachers use practical science, the outcomes they expect from it and how they achieve those outcomes. The process of producing the policy is as important as the policy itself.

 

The ASE has developed a toolkit to support departments in considering the purposes of practical science and what practical science should look like in their department. This is timely as departments might be looking to review their curriculum intent and implementation following the introduction of the new Ofsted school inspection framework.

 

This workshop will give you the opportunity to try out the ASE practical policy writing materials before you use them with your own department.

 

  1. To review the recommendations of the Gatsby Practical Science report
  2. To try out activities from the ASE Gatsby practical science toolkit
  3. To consider how the materials can support departments in reviewing their curriculum
Gatsby Science Report

To register your interest for this bespoke course please email finance@dtsa.org.uk

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