This is a remote access meeting

Dear PST

You are invited to attend a Science PST training, development and consultation meeting on Tuesday 10th December. This year, to enable people at a distance to participate, we are piloting a Skype for Business meeting.

The process will be:

  1. Email me directly from the email address I should use
  2. I will reply to you with an outlook calendar invite which will include a URL link
  3. You will need to click on the link in advance of the meeting and this will install a Skype for Business WebApp which should allow you to access the meeting
  4. Initially, I will set you automatically to ‘mute’ and then once I’ve started / introduced the session we will hopefully be able to unmute the microphones and switch on video if you wish to. 

You will need access to a computer which:

  1. can run Skype for Business (you will be able to check this when I send the link a week in advance of the meeting; most computers should be fine)
  2. has speakers which will allow you to hear the audio (you might want earphones to make the audio clearer)
  3. a microphone- if you want to talk
  4. a camera – if you want to talk and be seen.

It’s nice to be able to hear voices and see faces, but you will also be able to participate just through typing messages if you don’t have a microphone or camera (or don’t want to use them!).

I should note that Skype for Business is different to the ‘normal’ Skype – but it is very similar to use.

During the meeting we will be discussing course priorities and updates, but also focusing on curriculum issues – both in terms of the initial teacher training curriculum that our trainees experience and how we link university and school input, and issues around the Science curriculum at KS3 and 4. We will also discuss the newly published ITT Core Content and Behaviour Framework in the context of science teacher education.  In preparation, I’ve attached an overview of our university taught-course and links to the ITT Core Content, which it would be helpful for you to glance at in advance.

I hope to see you there!

Best wishes,


Secondary Science PGCE Lead, 01392 724826

  Topic Areas (Science focus/with a science application)
Preliminary Tasks Subject knowledge audit; exploring curriculum in Primary and Secondary schools
Weeks 1-6 Theories of motivation; the role of practical science as ‘hands on, minds on’; principles of instruction; models and modeling, scaffolding, constructivism, memory, cognitive load theory, dialogic pedagogies, misconceptions, clear explanations, lesson planning, threshold concepts, curriculum design using ‘big ideas’, best evidence in science teaching, health and safety, formative and summative assessment, theories underpinning behavior management techniques, self-regulation, climate emergency.
Weeks 9-11 Using digital technologies for science education, differentiation, scaffolding and challenge in science education, EAL, SEN/D, questioning, numeracy and literacy, further development of use of practicals within a range of instructional approaches (DI to inquiry), exploring impact of curriculum and teaching on learning, leadership, applying for science teaching posts, cooperative learning, relating British Values to science, relating PSHE to science.
Spring term seminar days Research in Science Education: What can it tell us, why is it useful, and Action Research. Adapting teaching to pupils’ needs and contexts in Science: SEN/D. Planning, teaching and assessing across learning sequences in Science.
Summer term seminar days Teaching for Scientific Creativity. Adapting teaching to pupils’ needs and contexts in Science: EAL

ITT Core Content

Click to access Initial_teacher_training_core_content_framework.pdf

The Beginning Teacher’s Behaviour Toolkit

Click to access _Tom_Bennett_summary.pdf


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