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Primary Science Leader Programme

Course Ref: PSLP19
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Primary Science Leader Programme

The Primary Science Leader Programme is a four day (+1) face-to-face course designed to develop a deeper understanding of teaching and learning science in primary schools. This programme has been created by Shirin Sheikh-Bahai, Science and Teacher Education Lead, based on a research project focusing on questioning and thinking processes led by the UCL Institute of Education. Using a wide of range of knowledge and experience in science education, the programme will offer theoretical and practical sessions during the four week course including two very successful KS2 STEM projects.


Who is the programme for?

This course is designed for primary science leaders/coordinators, specialist teachers, teachers and science educators in Early Learning, KS1 and KS2. Middle Leaders and professionals who work on primary science educational programmes will benefit from the content and the training of this course.

What is involved?

The aim of this programme is to develop the knowledge, thinking and skills that are required for quality science teaching, and to encourage teachers to become involved in science improvement programmes across primary schools. Using the research based materials in this course, participants will construct a rich and profound understanding of science education and they will upgrade their current pedagogical approach to renovate their practice in teaching and learning science.

The Structure and Content Areas

The programme contains eight core modules, and each module is subdivided into specific units which will focus on different areas of science education. The following modules will be presented over four full days. 

  1. Induction to Science Education
  • Aims of science education
  • Science Curriculum
  1. Scientific Thinking
  • Pedagogical approach to teaching and learning science
  • Role of questioning and thinking processes
  1. Scientific Knowledge
  • Power of knowledge  
  • Planning structure
  • Subject knowledge upgrade
  1. Scientific Skills
  • Open investigatory practical science
  • Scientific communication
  • Literacy in science    
  • Mathematics in science
  1. Assessment
  • Science assessment system
  • Science assessment policy
  • Moderation
  1.   Challenges
  • Consistency and timetable  
  • Science as a foundation subject
  • Order in the science curriculum overview
  1. Role of science leaders
  • Science coordinators
  • Science specialist teachers
  • Monitoring system
  1. Projects
  • Think Universe: All Is One, UCL Institute of Education
  • International Space School – Kings College
  • Young People’s Book Prize – The Royal Society
  • Twig world/ tigtag -  Reach Out Imperial College
  • Research – UCL Institute of Education

The benefits

This programme will help the teachers to improve their subject knowledge in all sciences including Physics, Chemistry and Biology, leading to an increase in confidence as well as expertise. Guided by academic research, this programme will raise the profile of the school in the areas of science teaching and learning by building a secure foundation for the pupils’ learning journey in secondary schools.

Schools will be introduced to an effective assessment method to monitor pupils’ progress, and teachers will be supported with useful resources to achieve the National Curriculum Statutory requirements successfully. The programme aspires to improve scientific collaborations between the academic organisations and teachers in order to create more learning opportunities for pupils.  It aims to provide possibilities for the teachers to become involved in the research development programmes, and to work closely with experts in order to improve the schools’ partnerships with various STEM organisations and universities.


In order to be certified as a Primary Science Leader, participants will be required to attend all the sessions and complete a set of four short tasks as part of their training. They are also required to complete a research based presentation or written assignment (approximately 1000 words) to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of science education by the end of the course.


Face-to-face training sessions will take place in Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park in North London (leading school in primary science research).


Tuesday 4th June

Monday 10th June

Wednesday 19th June

Thursday 27th June

Thursday 4th July


The programme will cost a total of £250.

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