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Biology Specialism

Southend, Essex and Thurrock SLP have been selected by STEM Learning UK as the Specialist Delivery SLP for Biology. 

On2287 notification of selection we were commended for the quality of our nomination and the excellence and professional expertise that has been built within our SLP. We are working closely with STEM Learning to continue to grow the network through the introduction of this critical role. 

Matt King, Head of Biology at Westcliff High School for Girls, heads up this aspect of our SLP offer and can be contacted at m.king@setsa.info.

This role includes:

  • In-depth facilitation and regular content contributions to relevant STEM Community Groups (in collaboration with Community Managers);
  • Feeding in evidence-based CPD needs analysis, scrutinising the need for new CPD development, development of CPD as appropriate (which may require further draw-down contract days from allocation);
  • Co-design (with STEM Learning) of offers and approaches, informed by their contribution to horizon scanning within their area of expertise; 
  • Contributing to STEM Learning’s thought-leadership externally;
  • Contributing to STEM Learning’s editorial activity for demand generation and recruitment;
  • Running remote network-wide events appropriate to the specialism e.g. FE networks, early career teacher networks;
  • Advice, upskilling and building the capacity of the network in the specialist area (e.g. by contributing to the network meetings/development sessions);
  • Contributing to collaboration and partnerships with external partners;
  • Supporting the wider capacity building of SLPs against the High Performance Criteria beyond their specialist area e.g. coaching and mentoring.

Remote Biology CPD

As an additional part of our new role we are also being invited to offer a number of Biology-specific remote CPD opportunities over the coming year:

Subject knowledge enhancement : KS3 Biology RX007 / HE01

Start date
4 May 21

Duration
5 Hours

Summary
Designed to support teachers who are non-specialists, you will develop the background subject knowledge required to help planning and teaching biology for key stage 3. Gain the tools and confidence to plan and teach your biology classes effectively. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking into account misconceptions and common issues in teaching these concepts.

Outcomes
You will be able to: 

  • develop an understanding of key concepts in key stage 3 biology
  • identify common misconceptions students may have
  • investigate teaching approaches to develop student knowledge and understanding

Book now and you will be automatically registered for the scheduled sessions for the course. Remote CPD courses have live, facilitator-led sessions and are not available for instant access. Please refer to the schedule of dates published for each course instance

Sessions
1. CELLS AND MICROSCOPES    04 MAY 2021    16:30-17:30
2. MOVING IN AND OUT OF CELLS    18 MAY 2021    16:30-17:30
3. PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND RESPIRATION    25 MAY 2021    16:30-17:30

Booking link

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/495291/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ks3-biology

This course will also run on alternative start dates:

Starting 8 June 2021

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/495294/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ks3-biology

Starting 2 July 2021

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/495295/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ks3-biology

 

Subject knowledge enhancement : KS4 Biology RX008 / HE01

Start date
9 Jun 21

Duration
5 Hours

Summary
This course will provide subject knowledge to help in planning and teaching biology for Key Stage 4 (Coordinated Science and Triple Science) with a focus on the genome, genes and gene expression and cell division. Develop your biology teaching with the tools and confidence to plan and teach effectively, engaging your students and supporting their achievement and attainment. You will be supported to find ways to enhance students’ learning skills. You will explore ways of building student understanding, taking account of preconceptions, misconceptions and common issues in teaching these biology concepts.

Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of key concepts in KS4 biology
  • identify common preconceptions and misconceptions held by students
  • investigate teaching approaches to develop student knowledge and understanding
  • increase your confidence to plan and teach for more effective learning for GCSE biology students 
     

Sessions
1. GENES AND THE GENOME    09 JUNE 2021    16:30-17:30
2. GENE EXPRESSION    16 JUNE 2021    16:30-17:30
3. CELL DIVISION    23 JUNE 2021    16:30-17:30

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/495347/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ks4-biology

 

SKE for Level 3 BTEC Applied Science Unit 1 - Biology RX031 / HE01

Start date
5 May 21

Duration
3 Hours

Summary
This course will help you to prepare for teaching Level 3 BTEC Applied Science (NQF) and will focus on the subject knowledge needed to teach the biology component of Unit 1 (Principles and Application of Science I) - Structure and Functions of Cells and Tissues.

The course will also provide insight into some teaching approaches and resources that can be used to deliver this topic.

Outcomes

  • enhance your subject knowledge of the topic ‘Structure and Functions of Cells and Tissues’’
  • gain insight into teaching approaches that could be used for this topic
  • identify resources that can be used to support the teaching of this topic

Sessions
1. CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION    05 MAY 2021    16:30-17:30
2. TISSUE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION    19 MAY 2021    16:30-17:30

https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/495346/ske-level-3-btec-applied-science-unit-1-biology

 

Download full Summer Biology programme as a PDF

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