Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science NY255 / C21

Start date
8 Aug 22
3 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


This summer school is for early career science teachers. The course will give in-depth support around practical work, classroom and behaviour management, dealing with misconceptions and helping you plan for success in your first terms teaching.

We will support you with experienced teaching colleagues, allowing you to practice your skills in our lab-based environment. You will have an opportunity to explore much of the KS3 and GCSE practical content, and how to teach it well. We will concentrate on the hands-on aspects during the residential course, which will increase your capacity to deal with common misconceptions and provide good teaching tools in areas outside your core science subject.

This course is complimented by the course NY325 Summer School for ECTs teaching A level which takes place on dates next to these and also has a separate bursary attached.

If you are a new or recently qualified teacher but have not yet secured employment in a school, funding may be available to cover the cost of your place. To check availability and eligibility please email Those who are already employed or have a position lined up from September 2022 should enter the school information into the bursary calculator to check the level of bursary available to them.

Who is it for?

Focusing on subject knowledge and practical skills this will benefit science ECTs (Early Career Teachers), RQTs (Recently Qualified Teachers) or trainee teachers who are teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 for the first time.

What topics are covered?

During the course we cover:
  • Required practical:  across the 3 sciences we look at purposes of the practical, how to maximise learning and give hands on experience
  • Misconceptions:  identifying and combatting common misconceptions and how to prevent learners from slipping back into these ideas
  • Subject knowledge:  across all 3 sciences we look at areas where students struggle and aim to build your (and their) confidence
  • Progression:  We look at how to progress learning throughout the 5 years and linking to the big picture of science

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be looked at after the sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a 3 day course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Mary Howell

    Professional Development Leader, Biology at the National STEM Learning Centre and freelance education consultant. Experienced former Head of...


Participants will be able to:

  • develop their practical science teaching skills across Key Stage 3 and GCSE
  • explore a range of strategies to effectively assess students skills and understanding
  • enhance classroom and behaviour management skills
  • experience supported planning for their first terms science teaching
  • identify areas for further development and how they can be supported


Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science Day 108 August 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
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Summer School for ECTs teaching 11-16 science Day 310 August 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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