academic collaborator: scottish education research centre (sserc)

collaborating with education authorities in scotland

BACKGROUND

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For over 50 years the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre has been supporting and enhancing Scottish school science and technology at all stages – throughout all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland.

SSERC is a national science and technology advisory body which supports Scottish Local Authorities, teachers and technicians, providing health and safety advice and co-ordinating the development and provision of Continuing Lifelong Professional Learning for school science educators.

SSERC has a long-established relationship with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Projects include "Let's Talk" and a transition project, ‘Working Together for Better Science Learning’.

Over the last 5 years SSERC has been supporting primary teachers through the Primary Science Cluster Programme. As part of the programme teachers take part in an immersive professional development programme to become science mentors, working together to support science and technology in their own school and schools within the cluster.

IMPACT

  • Development of a series of SSERC-meets: live, interactive web based CPD sessions that can be accessed remotely
  • Increased collaboration between schools and improved primary to secondary tranisition through science intiatives
  • Production of termly SSERC Primary and Secondary Bulletins which offer a variety of practical science and technology activities to support the curriculum

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Key areas:

  • Effective and innovative primary-secondary transition - fieldwork and sports science workshops for teachers
  • Effective development and delivery of professional learning to schools in remote areas via SSERC_Meets
  • Mentoring and coaching in primary science through the Primary Cluster Programme

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Full details will be available soon.

CONTACT

Contact details: hayley.sherrard@sserc.org.uk

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