Subject Network Groups

SETSA are continuing to identify and support a growing community of subject-specific regional network groups for teachers across all phases. These are independent, informal networks run by teachers, for teachers. The groups are inclusive and held as free* twilights. The aim is to share skills, information, CPD, resources and to support each other in relaxed, inspiring surroundings. The meetings are held each term and are led by teachers from local schools.

* excluding Science

We can provide information and support for members looking to join or set up a new network group. If you are running a regional network group and want to be included on this area of the website or simply have a question about the groups. Please contact us at:

Groups & Meeting Dates

Why not join one of our groups? Please book by clicking courses and choosing the network group you are interested in.

Meeting Dates 22/23

Meetings may still be held remotely next year - if this is the case an online meeting link will be sent out once you have booked your place. 

Meeting dates are subject to change and will be updated on the Courses Booking Page. Please visit to book yourself into a Group.

Groups times are generally 4pm - 5.30pm


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Phil Law

Phil has been teaching science for over twenty years, with fifteen years' experience as a successful head of science in two contrasting secondary schools.

Matt King 

Matt is leading the Biology Specialism at Southend, Essex & Thurrock SLP for STEM Learning UK.  He is also Head of Biology at Westcliff High School for Girls, a STEM Lead Facilitator and a finalist for the 2021 Royal Society of Biology Teacher of the Year.  Matt has over 12 years of teaching experience.

We are now also offering Science Network Groups, which are bookable through at a cost of £10.

Primary: 11 October 2022, 1pm - 3.30pm
Westcliff High School for Girls, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BS 

Secondary: 20 Oct 22, 1pm - 3.30pm
Westcliff High School for Girls, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BS


Staff cliftonPhoto chris mcritchieChris McRitchie & Louisa Clifton jointly chair the Technology Group, both are based at Southend High School for Boys.

This group is directed by the teachers who attend the meetings we have. We will assist in any questions you may have or link you up to appropriate teachers in other schools who are able to support you in your progression of students. We can also help you coordinate health and safety training to keep your costs to a minimum in Design and Technology.  

Louisa Clifton and Chris McRitchie co-chair the group. Both have over 19 years’ experience in teaching the subject and understand the demands that teachers are placed under. If there is anything that we can do to help, please ask.  

Secondary ONLY


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NEXT MEETING 20th October 22 4 - 5PM Darlinghurst Academy 

Emma Powell, Assistant Principal and Science Lead at Darlinghurst Academy, as well as being an Eco Education Consultant.

Emma, who is a UN Accredited Climate Change Teacher, has over 8 years experience of working as an Eco-Coordinator in and with multiple schools.  She led her school to Eco-school Green Flag Award with Distinction in July 2022 and works for Eco Essex on the Eco Education Facebook group, youtube channel and newsletter.  She works locally with Essex schools and stakeholders and local councils; nationally with the UK Sustainability Schools Network and Eco-schools.  She is also a Keep Britain Tidy Litter Hero Ambassador, runs a local litter picking group. 

The Eco subject network group is for any eco-coordinators in your school or those just interested in making their schools more sustainable.  We share ideas but sessions also have a CPD focus to support teachers in their role.

Emma's meeting will ber at Darlinghurst School , Face to Face. Parking is available.

20th Octboer 22 AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Introductions
  2. Carbon Literacy and common misconceptions: how to teach and combat these (CPD Training)
  3. Sharing ideas: tour of Darlinghurst Academy
  4. Your Eco journey, UKSSN and the Eco-schools Green Flag Award
  5. AOB
  6. Next meeting date




Mrs Hasna Tufal, Teacher of Biology & Sustainability Lead at Thorpe Hall School.

Hasna has a MSc in Zoology and is passionate about environmental Sciences. In 2019, she started leading her school on the sustainability journey and set up a few initiatives to reduce their carbon foot print. Since then she has joined Energy Challenges, Eco schools, Plasticity, Let’s Go Zero, Transform our world etc.

She also completed a UN accredited course on Climate Change in 2019 and in 2020 a WWF learning pathway in Education for a sustainable Planet. In July 2022 her Eco Team’s hard work was paid off when her school achieved the Eco Schools Green Flag.

She would like to share ideas and hear about your journey so far, working together to make our pupils climate literate.  Please join her to share good practice and explore resources in this informal meeting.

Next Meeting will be 18th October 2022 4 - 5PM. Virtual.
Welcome and Introductions
ï‚· Where are we so far in our Eco Journeys?
ï‚· Recycling waste in Schools
ï‚· Forthcoming Eco events
ï‚· What would you like to see in future meeting?
ï‚· Evaluation
ï‚· AOB

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Meeting ID: 348 275 575 525
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