improving science teaching in teach first primary schools

Support for teachers of science on teach first's primary programme

Teach First places exceptional individuals to teach and lead in primary and secondary schools in challenging circumstances. As part of its Leadership Development Programme, this project introduced additional science CPD sessions for participants that require additional subject knowledge, to ensure that they can help transform the educational outcomes of their pupils within science.


  • To provide primary Teach First participants with examples of excellent practice in science
  • To provide support and resources to improve science knowledge and practice
  • To provide PSTT College Fellow support


Project Lead: Xenia Lawani, Teach First

Following an initial needs analysis, a programme of CPD activities was planned to be supported by a series of specially commissioned videos of classroom practice – one set for Year 1 classes and another for Year 6. The CPD activities were organised according to local needs to link Teach First teachers with their tutors and PSTT College Fellows, who were able to provide individual support both in and out of schools. Schools in which Teach First teachers were placed were encouraged to work towards the Primary Science Quality Mark with support from tutors and College Fellows.

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In terms of direct impact on the participants, there was evidence that in general they were more confident in their science subject knowledge and more confident in their science subject teaching. They felt that were able to engage and enthuse their class more in science and could plan and teach outstanding science lessons. They also felt that they could use scientific enquiry teaching methods more in their class.

In terms of wider benefit, Teach First participants have benefitted from access to a resource sharing area on the Teach First Community website which they can access including the video material (which is also available on YouTube). Bringing participants, university tutors and PSTT Fellows together in clusters to plan the Subject Training Days and review their achievements, set goals and provide mentoring was an innovative approach to creating a sustainable network and community of practice.



Teach First Primary 2012 conference poster [1.04MB]



Teach First Primary 2013 Conference poster [2.03MB]


The video materials produced for this project have been uploaded to YouTube:

Year 1
Year 6


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