Science Learning Partnerships (SLPs) combine local expertise in teaching and learning in science, facilitating CPD, and providing school-to-school support. The Southend, Essex & Thurrock SLP is led by the South Essex Teaching School Alliance.
Why engage with us?
STEM learning are continually working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As regional partner, our responsibility is to ensure you are able to be part of this vision by accessing high impact, subject-specific and affordable CPD.
Tailored to fit your school
We can provide a bespoke STEM CPD offer, with proven impact for your department, school or network from primary through to higher education. 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. Contact us on 01702 509365 or via email@example.com to see how we can help.
In addition to the wealth of resources on the STEM Learning website we are also delighted to be part of an extensive Triple Science CPD offer to schools. We have worked with leaders of secondary network groups to identify local needs and can confirm that will be running the following courses this term as part of the TSSP programme:
Raising Attainment in Triple Science
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.
You will be able to:
explore strategies for developing mathematical, learning and revision skills with students
investigate the new assessment demands in triple science such as controlled assessments and extended writing
Physics for Non-Specialists
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.
You will be able to: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
Booking is via the STEM Learning website: https://www.stem.org.uk/triplescience
Opportunity for Biology Teachers: Become a Lead Genomics Teacher
SET SLP are looking for two Biology teachers who meet the attached criteria to be the Lead teachers in our Genomics Hub, who have the ability to present to other teachers.
About the Genomics Hub
The National Science Learning Network, in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, is establishing up to 13 genomics hubs for 2016-2018 throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide school/college staff with regular expert continuing professional development (CPD) on the rapidly changing field of genomics. There will be a National CPD programme for teachers coordinated by the National STEM Learning Network which will be rolled out through Science Learning Partnerships (SLPs) in England during 2016-2018.
SET SLP are applying to be one of the named Genomics Hubs in England. The selected SLPs will be required to deliver a national CPD programme in genomics working in partnership with at least one other nominated school/college in their region.
We are looking for excellent teachers with appropriate and successful background in A level biology teaching to become a lead teacher for genomics. It is hoped that these lead teachers will have some expertise in genomics and already passed stage 1 of the National Science Learning Network lead teacher programme, or be willing to attend that training during spring 2016. These teachers will be required to attend two days of training in the genomics CPD in York in July 2016. They will also be required to provide a minimum of five days per year of CPD programme locally through the SLP from July 2016 to August 2018.
SLPs need to submit an expression of interest in the first instance which names at least one other nominated school as their partner school and gives details of two excellent biology teachers to become the lead teachers.
If you want to know more then please get in touch with David Struthers firstname.lastname@example.org or 01702 509365.
Teacher and Support Staff Recognition Scheme:
Recognising the impact of professional development
This scheme allows you to demonstrate your commitment to professional learning and the impact it has on pupils, colleagues and the wider profession. In a world of accountability and performance related pay progression, it provides evidence against the Teacher Professional Standards.
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Science Prize 2016
This is an annual awards programme that helps teachers implement science and mathematics teaching ideas in their schools and colleges. The awards programme is open to all schools and colleges in the UK.
Each year 50 schools are awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award with nine schools selected from this 50 to gain additional money to put their project into action.
This year's closing date is the 13 May 2016.
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The Amgen Biotech Experience
The Amgen Biotech Experience is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, teaching materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools.
The programme features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum that introduces students to the excitement of scientific discovery. Each year, over 60,000 students and hundreds of science teachers participate and have the opportunity to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines.
Learn more about the programme at www.amgenbiotechexperience.com and contact Ali McCree on 01992 503498 or via email at A.1.McCree@herts.ac.uk to find out more and to book.