Booking now: Primary and secondary courses from the SLP for 2020/21

28th September 2020

Our Science Learning Partnership are delighted to announce a programme of virtual CPD and events for this term and into 2021 for primary, secondary and FE.  All of these courses are open to book now.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions prior to booking, or if you would like to arrange any other science support or training:


Stretch and challenge in science RH298 / E20
3 November 2020, 4.30-6.30pm

This bespoke course explores the nature of Stretch and Challenge in the classroom and will support you to design a curriculum that embeds Stretch and Challenge into all lessons.

  • gain a better understanding of what Stretch and Challenge means
  • have a clearer view of what Stretch and Challenge might look like in your classroom
  • take away several tried-and-tested ideas to use in your classrooms
  • understand how to develop an overarching science curriculum strategy that ensures Stretch and Challenge becomes a natural part of all Teaching and Learning.


Metacognition & self-regulated learning in science RH298 / E21
11 November 2020, 4.45 - 6.45pm
The course is divided into 3 sections:

  • What is metacognition?
  • Developing metacognition through challenge and talk
  • Developing a culture for self-regulated learning


Maths in science RH298 / E22
18 November 2020, 4.30-6.30pm
Exploring ways to engage students in applying mathematics to enrich science learning and deepen understanding.  


Enhancing literacy skills in science RH298 / E23
24 November 2020, 4.30-6.30pm
Introducing strategies to support the development of literacy in science and improve engagement through deeper understanding.


Physics for non-specialists RH298 / E24
25 November 2020, 4.30-6.30pm
Develop your understanding of key physics principles and the skills and strategies needed to teach physics effectively.


Cost per session
£20pp (Maintained schools)
£50pp (Non-maintained schools)


We have lots of primary science network meetings taking place across Southend, Essex & Thurrock and have our upcoming primary festival taking place online in January.  Details of these are as follows:

Science Primary Network Groups 2020-2021

We are now offering ONLINE primary science network meetings for 20/21 in five regions across Southend, Essex & Thurrock.  All meetings are chaired by local primary science teachers and experts and 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).

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

Details of all primary science network sessions in Southend, Essex & Thurrock are on the SLP webpage: 

NOTE: All sessions MUST be booked in advance via the links to the STEM Learning website.


Thursday 28 Jan 2021, 12.15-4pm

Southend, Essex & Thurrock Primary Science Festival 2021 RH198 / E12
Join us for a slightly different approach to our annual event!  Each of our three online sessions will be 1 hour long and the event is offered as a "drop in” - so you can attend any or all that you would find useful. Simply join the relevant session via the link 10 mins before the session starts. Time is available at the end of each session to ask questions.  Sessions will be delivered via Adobe Connect.  


12:15 - 12:25 Join the room / Intro from the SLP
12:25 - 13:25 Session 1 - Assessment for Learning: Evidence shows that effective assessment for learning leads to raised attainment. Identify how you can integrate and embed assessment practices into your science teaching.
13:25 - 13:30 Any questions?

13:30 - 13:40 Join the room
13:40 - 14:40 Session 2 - 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.
14:40 - 14:45 Any questions?

14:45 - 14:55 Join the room
14:55 - 15:55 Session 3 - Using the outdoors: 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.
15:55 - 16:00 Any questions?

£15pp for maintained schools


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