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NUSTEM: Teaching the Tough Bits

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About this course

This course is an open Continuing Professional Development course. In order to book, please follow the booking link, or if not available, fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will be in touch with you shortly.  

Are there areas of the primary science curriculum that you find more challenging to teach than others?

Would you like to improve your scientific knowledge and increase your confidence delivering the ‘tougher’ areas of the curriculum?

These five separate CPD sessions will help you to develop your subject knowledge using hands-on experiments and challenge misconceptions surrounding the ‘trickier’ areas of the science curriculum.

You will have the opportunity to delve deeper into these scientific concepts to improve your understanding and take away practical teaching strategies.

Sessions are available individually or in combinations to suit. We offer CPD on these five areas of the science curriculum; Electricity, Sound, Light, Evolution, Forces and Magnetism. Sessions are available in combinations, to suit.

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Who Would this Course Suit?

Classroom teachers and science leaders who are looking to deepen their subject knowledge of the primary science curriculum.


Learn from the Best

This course is delivered by a primary science outreach specialist with seven years’ primary teaching experience and five years’ experience delivering practical science CPD sessions.

Our NU STEM team has a wealth of experience in science communication and formal education and comprises of public engagement, industry and education specialists.


Teaching and Assessment

You will get hands on experience of experimenting with various physical phenomena and develop your understanding of key areas of the curriculum in our dedicated NU STEM lab.

Teaching will be delivered through group work, activities and discussion. You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss strategies for teaching scientific topics.

A certificate of completion can be provided for participants.


Learning Environment

Our dedicated NU STEM lab is equipped with a suite of industry-standard equipment which you can use to explore and devise experiments for different areas of the national curriculum. 

Our interactive learning zone has full WiFi access and cutting-edge teaching resources.


Research rich Learning

Course content draws on research expertise from academics and scientists from across the Faculty of Engineering and Environment with in-depth, technical subject knowledge.


Give Your Career an Edge

This course will enhance your CV, whilst deepening your subject knowledge and helping you to feel upskilled and enthusiastic about teaching the topics which previously may have prompted nervousness.

Course info

Award Type N/A

Sector Engineering and Manufacturing

Location Think Lab on the city-centre Northumbria University campus

Duration 2 hours/topic

These five separate CPD sessions will develop the subject knowledge and pedagogy of your classroom teachers. We use hands-on experiments and open discussion to address many of the misconceptions surrounding the ‘trickier’ areas of the primary science curriculum. Your teachers will leave feeling upskilled and enthusiastic about teaching the topics which prompted nervousness.

Classroom Teachers and Science Leaders

Cost: £100 (plus VAT) per attendee.

Sessions are available free of charge for our partner schools

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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