Academic Collaborator: Science oxford

Thinking Doing Talking Science


Thinking Doing Talking Science

Project start date: January 2020

Science Oxford is the brand name of The Oxford Trust, a charitable organisation which works in partnership with a range of other charities, businesses and other organisations as well as local partners. Science Oxford works predominantly with young people aged 4-11, their families and teachers.

One of Science Oxford’s flagship projects, Thinking Doing Talking Science (TDTS) is a national primary science CPD programme, developed in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. It was based on an original project funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (former name of PSTT). It has now been the subject of two large scale evaluations, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. These have shown that TDTS can make a significant difference to pupil attainment, interest and self-efficacy in science.

The project is currently developing a strategy to roll out the CPD programme and expand the trainer network. Research will focus on how full impact can be retained at scale.


  • Establishing the Trajectory of Professional Development (TOPD) - a framework to describe the nature of professional learning through four stages of engagement (Bianchi, 2016)
  • Improving teachers’ practice by widening access to sponsored CPD courses, conferences, clusters and projects. Teachers describe how their confidence, identity and influence as a science teacher impacts on their teaching, children’s learning and whole school culture for science.
  • Enhancing the interaction between teachers and University staff and students allows for the transfer of knowledge and practice of teaching and learning across the primary-Higher Education.
  • Broadening opportunity for teachers, including PSTT Fellows, to engage in curriculum development with leading national groups and opportunities: the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, The National Army Museum, The National Trust and the Halle.
  • Leading local and regional development through campaigns such as the Great Science Share (GSS) – an annual programme of events to support young people in sharing science with new audiences. As a European City of Science legacy project, GSS raises the profile and wide-scale engagement in primary school science. Shortlisted for a Social Responsibility ‘Making a Difference Award 2017’.