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Northern Area Science CPD Conference

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014

Time: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Location : STEM Education North West, MMU Didsbury Campus, Manchester

Venue: STEM Education North West, MMU Didsbury Campus, 799 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 2RR View map

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Please book direct with STEM Education North West. To book a place or for any further enquiries please contact or call 01612472944.


Conference RatesFee
Teacher £35
Group teacher rate (groups of 5 or more from the same school) £15
Student teacher £15

 This conference features workshops suitable for both primary and secondary science teachers at all stages of their careers.

Provisional Programme - 15 March 2014

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9:30 – 10:00 Welcome: Pete Robinson and Amanda Smith

10:15 – 11:15 Session A
A1 (KS1, KS2) Starters, Mains, Desserts; getting more practical science into your planning: Sue Halliday & Helen Ross
A2 (KS2) Sweet Science: Mairead Owens
A3 (KS2, KS3, KS4)Weird and wacky: Science activities to try in your classroom tomorrow!: Caroline Molyneux
A4 (KS3) Can we assess without levels? Tracey Baxter
A5 (KS4, KS5) Exploring the Wallace Resource Library: Roger Poland
A6 (KS4, KS5) More fun with the EM Spectrum: David Cotton & Phil Furneaux
A7*(KS3/4) The Challenge of Linear Assessments: Rita Smith

11:15 – 11:35 Break and Exhibitions, Assembly Hall

11:45 – 12:45 Session B
B1 (EYFS, KS1) Researching children's ideas in science: Zoe Crompton
B2 (KS2) Datalogging with the New Science Curriculum at KS2: Barbara Higginbotham
B3 (KS3) Overcoming the Jargon Barrier: William Hurst
B4 (KS3, KS4) Introducing SOLO taxonomy: Rita Smith
B5 (KS4) Fetish Science - A look at latex, lycra and other smart materials: Stephen Burrowes
B6 (KS4, KS5) Moles, models and mayhem: Parvia Maxwell & Joyce Porter
B7* (KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4) ‘Maintaining Curiosity’ - issues arising from the Ofsted Report: Pete Robinson

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch and Exhibitions, Assembly Hall.

13:30 – 14:30 Session C
C1 (KS1, KS2) Microhabitats: Rania Maklad
C2 (KS2) Evolution and inheritance in the new national Curriculum: Stuart Naylor
C3 (KS2, KS3) Flying and floating: Ideas for STEM learning: Pete Robinson
C4 (KS3, KS4) Fun with Forces: Lucas Hayhurst
C5/D5 (KS3, KS4) Extending the Teachers' Toolkit (This is a double session, C5/D5): Anne Pilling & Pauline Fenton
C6 (KS3, KS4, KS5) Using the STEM Centre e-Library: Debbie Leyland
C7* (KS1, KS2) CREST Investigator Award for Primary Schools: David Ward

14:30- 14:45 Break

14:50 – 15:50 Session D
D1 (EYFS) Making the most of role play areas to enhance science in the early years: Lois Kelly & Di Stead
D2 (KS1, KS2) Engaging Activities to develop Communication skills in Science: Joelle Halliday
D3 (KS3, KS4) Effective, Creative and open ended practical science: Daniel Waind
D4 (KS3, KS4) Mathematics in Science Teaching: Dawn Jones
D6 (KS4, KS5) Practical ideas for teaching electromagnetism: Alaric Thompson
D7 * (KS1, KS2) The New Primary Science Curriculum: Stuart Naylor

Please Note: Sessions marked * are organised by the North West NAIGS group, and are more strategic in focus rather than classroom focussed. They are aimed primarily at those with Leadership & Management responsibilities for Science within schools, LA’s and Clusters and other NAIGS members.

Excellent workshops throughout, inspiring & useful resources plus strategies to use in the classroom.