Welcome to the Southend, Essex & Thurrock Science Learning Partnership

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

Our aim is to support school leads, teachers and technicians to develop high-quality science and STEM provision for all young people in schools and colleges locally.  Our vision is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of science throughout our SLP, from early years through to A Level.  We offer funded and subsidised opportunities for schools and can also help with bespoke training solutions and one to one support.

Please visit the "Courses" page to find out about science CPD in the region.

If you would like to speak to us about what we can offer to you and your school in 2020, please get in touch with us at or by calling 01702 476026 x255.


Are you based in a Secondary school or FE Organisation?  Have you booked on to the Essex Secondary Science Festival 2020 yet?  Download the flyer and reserve your places now, many discounts available and free places for technicians!





Primary science courses

What courses could we deliver for primaries?  There are a number of new courses available that we can run on demand.  If you see a course of interest and would like to host a session in your school for others to attend, please get in touch as we may be able to offer you free places on the CPD as a thank you.

Please check our 'Courses' page to see if there is a course already scheduled nearby that meets your needs.

Developing STEM in the primary curriculum

Develop and learn how to integrate STEM teaching and learning across the primary curriculum

What is engineering?

This course provides an introduction to engineering at primary level. It provides participants with an understanding of what engineering is and how it may be introduced to children at primary level.

Tinkering as an approach to learning across the STEM curriculum

This course is an introduction to using tinkering as an approach to learning in science, computing and D&T and to build resilience in pupils at primary level

An introduction to working scientifically

Understanding ‘working scientifically’ is vital for children to develop ideas, skills, knowledge and understanding in science. You will be able to confidently implement strategies for planning, resourcing and organising enquiry that challenges scientific thinking.

Developing working scientifically outside the classroom

Effective strategies which embrace working scientifically outside the classroom enhance enquiry skills. You will be able to build on, and extend, children’s abilities by applying different approaches to plan and resource rich learning opportunities.

Developing pupil led investigations – embedding working scientifically in the primary classroom

To develop the independence of children thinking and communicating as real scientists is essential to deepen their scientific understanding. You will be able to facilitate and create rich, effective and exciting strategies that provide opportunities that embed and extend scientific skills

Developing the role of the science subject leader

Explore a range of strategies to audit and lead science in your school, understand your role more fully and be able to identify and promote effective primary science.

Assessment and progression in primary science

Evidence shows that effective assessment for learning leads to raised attainment. Identify how you can integrate and embed assessment practices into your science teaching.

Raising attainment in primary science 

Identify teaching and learning strategies that will move good lessons to outstanding lessons by focusing on the learning happening in the classroom.

Strengthening subject understanding in...

Focus on the big ideas in primary science, helping you make a difference to children’s learning by identifying and challenging misconception.

Linking core subjects; science and mathematics

Maximise your pupils' opportunities to develop their numeracy skills and improve attainment in science by planning lessons in which children effectively handle data.

Making powerful connections between primary literacy and science

Explore the curriculum links between science and literacy and how to develop literacy skills to improve the quality of children’s written explanations in science.

Primary science subject leaders’ network

These meetings are a chance for subject leaders / science teachers to learn about the latest local and national initiatives in science and keep abreast of developments within the subject.

Leading primary science in a special educational needs setting

Leading science in a special educational needs setting has been developed to empower practitioners working in SEND settings to discover the potential of the science curriculum for students.

Engaging science for KS1/KS2

This course will enable you to plan and embed a progressive and engaging curriculum to meet the needs of the children. You will reinforce your own subject knowledge and learn how to tackle children’s common misconceptions.

Developing your primary science curriculum using the Ofsted framework

Let’s put the spotlight back on science.  The new Ofsted framework provides an opportunity to reinvent your primary science curriculum. Discuss key strategies to ensure that the intent, implementation and impact of your science curriculum is evident throughout school.

Secondary science courses

There are a number of new courses available for secondary schools that we can run on demand.  If you see a course of interest and would like to host a session in your school for others to attend, please get in touch as we may be able to offer you free places on the CPD as a thank you.

Please check our 'Courses' page to see if there is a course already scheduled nearby that meets your needs.

Developing STEM in the secondary curriculum

Learn how to apply science to real life STEM contexts and develop your students' STEM skills

Strengthening practical work in biology/physics/chemistry

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. 

Essential skills for new and aspiring science leadership

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. 

Physics for non-specialists

Develop your understanding of key physics principles and the skills and strategies needed to teach physics effectively.

Mathematics in science teaching

Exploring the use and failure to use mathematics in science. It looks at typical weaknesses in mathematical that hinder students' ability to understand and solve scientific problems.

Enhancing literacy skills in science

Supporting participants in responding to the increased literacy demands in examinations and help to provide students with the skills to be effective, independent learners.

Behaviour management in science

Supporting teachers new to the profession in considering ways of managing the behaviour of their students so that a positive, effective learning environment can be sustained.

Careers in science 

Develop your understanding and support students in signposting career options.
Meeting the Gatsby benchmarks through STEM

Key Stage 3 science for non-science specialists

A series of four CPD sessions (4 days) to help non-science specialists teach science confidently.

Applying knowledge and understanding in science

Help your science students apply their knowledge and skills by focusing on AO2 exam specifications.

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. You will create a toolkit of activities that will help you promote application skills in your students.

Supporting EAL Learners in Science 

Support of pupils with EAL to ensure curriculum is inclusive and accessible for all learners

Stretch and challenge of pupils in science

How to ensure that learners are given appropriate stretch and challenge in science

Metacognition and self-regulated learning in science

Development of self-regulated learning skills for pupils to help progress

Developing a sustainable future

Engineering of products to create a sustainable future

Meeting the new Ofsted framework in secondary science

The new Ofsted framework, to be introduced from September 2019, will require leaders and teachers of science to have a clear curriculum vision for the subject, this course will guide participants through a review of the science curriculum offer to ensure that your students meet the Ofsted 3 Is (Intent, Implementation and Impact). The course will look at how to identify gaps in teaching and learning and how to ensure that they are filled, how to broaden your thinking beyond working to exam specifications and linking learning to the world of work, society and real-world contexts.

From examiners reports to influencing pupil outcomes in science

Learn how to effectively use examiners reports to inform the development of your science teachers’ delivery of the curriculum in lessons. You will look at the most recent examiner reports to ensure that changes can be made to teaching schemes to impact the teaching and learning of your current examination students.

Using latest research to improve pupil outcomes in secondary science

This course will be based around the latest education research to identify key factors in driving up standards in secondary science

Science for low attainers - how to engage and ensure progress

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.

Chemistry subject knowledge enhancement for non-specialists 

This course is aimed at non-specialists that find themselves teaching chemistry, particularly to GCSE level. During the course, subject knowledge in the seven key topic areas will be covered along with common misconceptions. Strategies will be developed to help with effective teaching of the tricky bits of the curriculum and participants will be signposted to resources that will help to develop their teaching of chemistry.

FE and Post 16 science courses

What courses could we deliver for your post-16 organisation or college?  There are a number of new courses available that we can run on demand.  If you see a course of interest and would like to host a session in your school for others to attend, please get in touch as we may be able to offer you free places on the CPD as a thank you.

Please check our 'Courses' page to see if there is a course already scheduled nearby that meets your needs.

Developing learner’s resilience and independent learning skills in post 16 science

Explore different methods to help learners manage the transition from level 2 to level 3, cope with the challenges of independent learning and develop the resilience to endure a full post-16 programme. Develop strategies to ensure that the culture of the classroom is right and that learners develop the skills needed to progress to higher levels of study and employment.

Adding value and helping students make progress in post 16 science

Gain an understanding of the drivers and barriers to student progress, and discover strategies to maximise the progress of learners

Raising aspirations: linking employability, careers and the post 16 science curriculum

Explore methods to raise awareness of STEM-related career opportunities and learn how to strategically use labour market information to inform your teaching

Mathematics for post 16 science

The activity focuses on the mathematical requirements for level 3 science courses. Attendees will be able to identify the maths skills that cause issues and develop an understanding of common misconception.

Free Equipment Hire for Schools from our SLP


Available as a box of 5.  (2 boxes available for hire)
With built-in USB & Bluetooth connectivity - allows for 2 external plug-in sensors from the Vu range and has 3 built-in sensors which means you can start data logging out of the box.

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Funding, grant opps & equipment

Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology

Previously only open to participants on National courses, this award is now open to educators across our networks.

This annual award is an exciting opportunity for schools to receive funding for existing or proposed initiatives where up to 50 schools will be selected for a £1000 Special Merit Award and the opportunity to become a Rolls Royce finalist and receive an additional £5000 funding to progress their project.

We know that funding for such initiatives is rare so we as an SLP are keen to promote the opportunity as widely as possible.

For more information, and a link to the downloadable application form please see STEM Learning's dedicated Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology page.

Judging for Special Merit Awards is done on a half termly basis so we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as you’re ready, to be sure not to miss out.

The final deadline for entries is 11 April 2020.

STEM Learning Bursaries

To make it as easy and affordable as possible to access high-quality professional development, STEM Learning offer bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges in England and across the UK.  To find out more about the help available, please visit or get in touch with us at your local SLP to find out about funding opportunities in your area.

Science and Chemistry Equipment Grants for Schools (UK)

Teachers at primary or secondary schools can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 towards the purchase of equipment to support the delivery of Primary Science or Chemistry lessons. Bids are invited for the purchase of items of equipment that cannot be purchased through a school's mainstream teaching budget and which would enrich the learning experience of students. The funding is being made available through the Royal Society of Chemistry's Enhanced Equipment grant scheme and applications to the scheme can be made at any time.

Glass Guardians

Glass Guardians, the fantastic initiative from British Glass and Friends of Glass is back for its second year to teach primary school pupils the importance of recycling glass. Not only will Glass Guardians help schools throughout the UK achieve their Eco-schools green flag award, but there are many great prizes to be won as well! We’re challenging pupils to use their creativity and come up with a way to get people to recycle more glass, and they could win an Amazon Fire 7 tablet and £500 worth of equipment vouchers for their school.

To find out more about Glass Guardians and to register for the free resources, please visit:

Who to Contact at the SLP

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