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Southend, Essex & Thurrock Science Learning Partnership

Dsc 0962Our Science Learning Partnership (SLP) provides quality, subject-specific Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and support for primary, secondary & FE across Southend, Essex & Thurrock. We are part of a network of SLPs and other support for schools that is managed by STEM Learning.


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Our SLP mission

Whether you're a primary, secondary or FE teacher or technician, we're here to support you at every stage of your career, and we share your dedication to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM.

We offer a flexible palette of bespoke support, online and face-to-face CPD, network meetings and wrap around support to enable you and your department to deliver world-leading STEM education for all young people across Southend, Essex & Thurrock.



Bespoke Support - the heart of what we do

Our local expertise is evidenced by many years operating as a successful local Teaching School.  Our holistic approach to school support across the wider region has always involved working with other TSAs/TS Hubs, education partners and training providers to ensure schools can access the support they need.

Our bespoke STEM offer is a core part of our SLP approach.  We can work directly with your school, MAT or cluster, undertaking a needs analysis to see where we fit in with your school improvement planning, and then identifying the best way of providing this support to give you the most value for money in what is a hugely challenging time for education. This may take the form of consultancy, one to one coaching (mentoring and advisory work) or CPD.

If you would like to arrange a telephone appointment to discuss further, please contact our SLP Lead David Struthers via email:

Primary: Network meetings for 2021

We are offering ONLINE meetings in five regions across Southend, Essex & Thurrock. At each meeting there will be time to talk, to ask questions, help each other and to flag up science & STEM opportunities in your region. There will also be a short CPD element to the session (1 hour).

Spring 2021

Preparing for a science deep dive - Thurrock primary network   RH121 / E15  
03/03/2021 16:00


Summer 2021

Science in the creative curriculum - Colchester primary network    RH121 /  E10
21/05/2021 16:00

Working scientifically - Chelmsford primary network RH121 / E07
26/05/2021  16:00

Good practice and assessment in primary science - Southend primary network   RH121 / E04
08/06/2021 16:00

Developing pupil-led enquiry Part 2: Rayleigh Primary science network RH121 /  E13  -  Please note you do NOT have had to attended Part 1 to attend Part 2!

Primary science network meeting - Thurrock area   RH121 / E16


£20pp per meeting for maintained schools - advance booking is required for each session.


If you are looking for support with face to face training for next year, or would like to explore regional science support available in Southend, Essex & Thurrock for all phases, please email

Primary: Whole school science CPD sessions

£250 per session
Ideal for running as staff meetings and delivered remotely by one of our expert facilitators

Choose from:  
Essential formative assessment in science
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the learning of many children and effective formative assessment is key to knowing where children are in their learning.  In this staff meeting we will:

  • Introduce and explore formative assessment strategies for science
  • Plan for science lessons that elicit information about where children are in their learning
  • Consider how gaps in learning might be addressed

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science
Based on the successful EEF funded project, this staff meeting will explore the successful strategies introduced to schools in Oxfordshire, that develop higher order thinking skills and promote learning.  This meeting will:

  • Briefly share the results of the EEF funded trials 
  • Share the strategies used by the schools that took part in the trial
  • Give teachers opportunities to consider which might work in their classroom

Working Scientifically
There are many misconceptions about the teaching of science enquiry (Working Scientifically) as specified in the National Curriculum.  This staff meeting will examine the requirements of working scientifically and consider the ways this can be embedded in the science subject knowledge strands of the curriculum.  Teachers will:

  • Understand, through practical examples, the five enquiry types specified in the national curriculum
  • Consider ways to increase pupil independence in working scientifically
  • Plan for safe practical science activities 

For further details, please contact: 

Emma Emmerton, Project Officer
Southend, Essex & Thurrock SLP

STEM Ambassadors


Canterbury Christ Church University operating as The STEM Hub coordinates the South East of England STEM Ambassador Hub. Covering Kent, Medway, Essex including Southend and Thurrock, Surrey and Sussex.

STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK. Our Ambassadors include apprentices, zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects.

They help to open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

They not only inspire young people; they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

There are a great number of ways in which STEM Ambassadors can support schools and learners, for example by:

  • Providing 1:1 mentoring to a student who needs support to work through a challenging aspect of study
  • Providing e-mentor careers support
  • Giving ‘day-in-the-life’ talks
  • Explaining research techniques
  • Judging competitions
  • Taking part in a science fair
  • Advising on CV writing
  • Providing support at a careers event
  • Interview techniques or work skills
  • Supporting after school STEM clubs
  • Providing teachers with up-to-date information about the latest techniques
  • Supporting national challenges
  • Writing a blog that provides insight into your role
  • Giving a workshop to pupils


If you would like to speak to a member of the team that support Southend, Essex and Thurrock, please contact

Jo Cockerton:

Peter Sutton: | 07719 990 942

The STEM Hub has over 600 registered STEM Ambassadors.  Click below to request their support!


Who to Contact at the SLP

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