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Professional learning events

Opportunities to explore and share good practice

PSTT offers professional learning opportunities for all educators, ranging from webinars to international conferences.

We encourage all class teachers, science subject leaders, student teachers and anyone with an interest in primary science education to join our events. Below you’ll find upcoming events and be able to catch up on past events. Be sure to stay informed with upcoming events by joining our mailing list.

If you have any questions about events shown below or would like to share ideas for future events, please get in touch here.

Starting 12 March, 4-5pm

Introduction to the Primary Science Capital Teaching Approach (PSCTA)

PSTT is here to help teachers reflect on and develop new ways to promote children’s engagement and identification with science. This 6-hour course will introduce you to the Primary Science Capital Teaching Approach (PSCTA). The approach focuses on children who see science as something that is ‘not for me’, and their identities, experiences and what matters to them and their communities are put centre stage in science lessons.

The course will be spread over 10 weeks allowing educators more flexibility to join us. Each course will run from 4-5pm. Course dates are as follows: 12 March, 16 April, 30 April, 4 June, 18 June and 2 July.

Learn more and register here
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Using the Equity Compass

Ensure your school is moving towards an equitable approach. Developed by the Primary Science Capital Teaching Approach team, the Equity Compass is a tool that can be used to help you think critically about social justice and equity. The compass highlights 8 key dimensions of equitable work and the questions help you evaluate your practices in relation to all the dimensions to ensure you are engaging with and supporting underserved communities.

Presenters for this session: Accredited Science Capital trainers Ruth Shallcross and Jo Moore

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Did you know? Introduce climate and science research to children

Find out more about a resource that brings cutting-edge research and practical investigations to your science teaching. Presenters will share examples of Did you know? articles which explain cutting-edge research in language that primary children (aged 7-12) can understand and suggest questions for children to consider.

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Sketchbook Science: Connecting Science and Art

Explore PSTT’s latest resource for strategies on linking science and art in your classroom or whole school. Sketchbook Science contains eight projects which connect science and art, enhancing conceptual understanding and skills in both subjects.

After this session you will:

• Understand a range of strategies to link science and art

• Have reflected on how the Sketchbook Science activities might be used in your own setting

Presenting this session: Alex Farrer, teacher at Wimbledon High School and PSTT Fellow

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Past events: 4 videos available

Develop Children's Identity with Science

Discover how a social justice approach to science teaching can support ALL children to build an identity with science.

In PSTT’s four-part webinar series, experts from Explorify, the Institute of Physics and NUSTEM share research and materials to help enrich your science lessons. Learn how to reduce stereotypes commonly heard in the classroom while encouraging young learners to have a personal connection to science.

Click through to watch all videos and download the accompanying slides for each.

Video 1

Take a Social Justice Approach to Your Science Teaching

Are you interested in learning new ways to engage and help more young people relate to science?

This first video gives educators guidance to ensure all learners have a personal connection to their science lessons. Discover quality resources and expert suggestions on ways to apply them through a science capital lens.

Presenters for this session: Accredited Science Capital trainers Ruth Shallcross (PSTT) and Jo Moore (Explorify)

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Video 2

Physics is for Everyone: Explore IOP’s Limit Less Campaign

Support young people to change the world! The IOP recognises the importance of all children having the opportunity and agency to be part of solutions for our future.

Offering guidance and ideas for practitioners, this webinar delves into the more practical side and shows how teachers can put these ideas into action throughout their school.

Presenters for this video: IOP’s Beth Bramley and Carole Kenrick

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Video 3

Use Your Classroom to Promote Diversity in Science

Does your school promote diverse role models? This third webinar examines the meaning of diversity, common misconceptions and offers suggestions on how your school can encourage and celebrate diversity in science.

Learn about high quality resources that are easy to add to your curriculum while enriching your science lessons.

Leading this webinar: Kulvinder Johal (PSTT) with contributions from Dr Pearl Agyakwa (Nottingham University)

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Video 4

Tackle Stereotypes & Raise Awareness of STEM Careers

Are you interested in learning how NUSTEM have used their research to improve children’s connection to science and STEM careers?

Watch the last webinar in the series to learn more about children’s perceptions of scientists and strategies for developing positive connections with people working in STEM careers based on shared characteristics.

Discover tools linked to the National Curriculum to help promote a wide range of STEM careers.

Presenters for this event: NUSTEM’s Annie Padwick and Joe Shimwell

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PSTT international Primary Science Education Conferences

In 2016 and 2019, PSTT was proud to host the International Primary Science Education Conference. Taking place in Belfast and Glasgow, these major events united primary science educators from across the UK and internationally. The programmes included keynotes, practical workshops, reflective seminars, interactive talks and a wealth of suggestions for hands-on and exciting science activities. In 2019, PSEC included a special conference for children too.

In 2019, 99% of delegates agreed that the conference met or exceeded their expectations.