When possible, I'll update this page with resources and websites that have helped me in developing my role as a subject leader. If you're a new science leader, take a look at the FAQs page for some of the general questions that commonly get asked.

 

NETWORKING

TWITTER:

#ASEChat - join in with the ever popular twitter chat focused on science education. Every Monday 8pm - 9pm. http://www.ase.org.uk/news/ase-chat/ 

#PrimaryRocks - Purely primary focused Edchat on Twitter. Every Monday 8pm-9pm. http://www.primaryrocks.com/

FACEBOOK:

Unleash 1 - KS1 'Science for infants'. A friendly group for support, ideas and inspiration for educational practitioners working with 5-7yr old children. 

Unleash 2 - KS2 'Science for juniors' - just the same as Unleash 1, but for KS2 educational practitioners.

Primary Science Coordinators. Another friendly group for subject leaders to share ideas, resources and share experiences.

 

Driving Improvement

PSQM - The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Schools can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.

PSTT - The Primary Science Teaching Trust provides financial assistance to help improve the learning and teaching of science in the UK. They have a wide range of CPD and curriculum materials available

ASE -The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. As the professional body for all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education, the ASE provides a national network supported by a dedicated staff team. Members include teachers, technicians and advisers. The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges.

UPDATE: The ASE have just released an updated version of their Primary Science Subject Leaders Survival Guide. Click here to find out more.

Science Feedback Form - This is a form I developed for class teachers to complete to help record the extra science enrichment that happens throughout the school - allowing us to gather evidence for the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) throughout the year.

ASE Primary Science Leaders Framework - This has now been replaced by the survival guide (above).

 

Monitoring

Science learning walk (15-16) - I have used this form across the school to remain focused when looking at teaching and learning of science across the school. It has been adapted from @TeacherToolkit's resource (available here).

Observation Form (template) - This form has been used when carrying out observations. To remain focused, it includes a section for either Ofsted or PSQM criteria to ensure evidence can be gathered effectively.

 

Assessment

Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) from Bath Spa University - see http://www.pstt.org.uk/resources/assessment.aspx for more information on the TAPS project and to access all the resources available.

PLAN - PLAN is a set set of annotated resources produced to enable teachers to have a clearer understanding of National Curriculum (England) expectations for meeting the standard in science.

Planning for progression in 'Working Scientifically'

Progression in constructing and using graphs and charts

Progression in explaining results

Progression in developing tables

Progression in measuring

 

Funding opportunities

British Science Week - Register events and apply for grants: Kick Start Grants – to support schools in challenging circumstances. Awards of up to £300 to run an activity or up to £700 to host students and local community.

Award for All England - Focuses on projects that address issues, needs and aspirations of local communities. Awards in the region of £300 - £10,000

The Royal Society Partnership - Grants to enable students to carry out science projects. Awards of up to £3000

Enthuse Award - Apply for an ENTHUSE Award to help cover the cost of attending certain courses offered by the National Science Learning Centre. Awards vary depending on course application

Intensive Enthuse Awards - This bursary will provide consultant led support in successful schools and colleges for up to one day support per week over a twelve week period. Consultants must be registered with Myscience, but can be selected by the school or college. Successful applicants will be provided with a staggered payment of the award, paid on completion of certain milestones and production of sufficient reporting and evidence of impact. Awards of up to £5000

Impact Award - This award will cover the cost of attending certain CPD activities run by the Science Learning Partnerships. Awards are available for up to 50% of CPD course.

Rolls Royce Science Prize - This prize helps teachers implement science teaching ideas in their schools and colleges. The Prize recognises and rewards excellence in Science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching. The prize is up to £5000.

Institute of Physics Grants - These can be used to support a range of projects. Projects linked to astronomy, space and particle physics are particularly encouraged, as are those relating to engineering in areas such as energy, transport, information and communications, design and production and the built environment. Grants are available up to £600.