This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
My Profile | Contact Us | Print Page | Sign In | Register
Online CPD: challenge and high achievement for able students in secondary science
Share |

Challenge and high achievement for able students in secondary science

Online course for KS3-4 science teachers and leaders


Online CPD for secondary science teachers and leaders

Autumn 2020

Teachers of able students in secondary schools face the twin challenge of supporting progression towards good and appropriate outcomes, and engaging the minds of young people who have the potential to be inspired and engaged by science as a future direction for education, training and employment.

This online course aims to explore the characteristics of effective solutions and support the deployment of strategies at both classroom and department level. It consists of three 90-minute online sessions with gap tasks in between to enable participants to consider strategies, try out approaches and report back. Sessions 2 and 3 will include opportunities to share experiences and discuss ways of making a challenging and engaging secondary science curriculum a reality.

For more information about how our online training works, click here.

Members Membership starts from £95 +VAT per year for the whole school.

Attendee Price
Book now


Attendee Price
Book now

Time and date:

  • 4.00-5.30pm, Tuesday 20 October 2020

Session outline:

  • Explore the key components of a secondary science lesson which has challenge and support for able students;
  • Strategies to increase challenge and raise expectations of responses from able students;
  • Engagement strategies and ways of getting young people to sit up and take note;
  • Consider how high performance is recognised in formal assessments and how this should be reflected in lesson design and delivery.

Gap task 1:*

  • Take one of the approaches explored in the session and try it out, noting the impact on your students and gathering insights to share.

*Gap tasks subject to change based on tutor review of delegate needs.

Time and date:

  • 4.00-5.30pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020

Session outline:

  • Gap task review – what was effective, barriers identified, successes gained, action points;
  • Consider the wider challenge for science departments so that such approaches don’t simply becoming an occasional add-on feature used by more established teachers;
  • Explore the role of subject teams in identifying effective strategies;
  • Share ideas about embedding effective practice.

Gap task 2:*

  • Engage colleagues in discussing effective strategies and ideas used to capture the interest and imagination of able students, as well as ways of securing progress to top grades.

*Gap tasks subject to change based on tutor review of delegate needs.

Time and date:

  • 4.00-5.30pm, Tuesday 24 November 2020

Session outline:

  • Gap task review – drawing together ideas to support participants in developing an action plan and considering next steps in developing provision;
  • Explore the role of monitoring and the function of milestones and checkpoints in embedding and evaluating effective provision.

Course leader

Ed Walsh
, NACE Associate

Experienced science practitioner and consultant, with experience as a head of science and in regional and national advisory roles.

View profile

Praesent Erat Ligula, Dignissim
Learn More