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How do you survive being a primary science co-ordinator?

28 February 2017

How do you survive being a primary science co-ordinator?

A new digital guide launched today aims to bring together learning and expertise from fellow science leaders.

The guide takes you through developing a vision for science in your school, from managing resources and enhancing science to effective assessment. An essential 'how to' for new and experienced science leaders alike!

The guide's editor and former Chair of the ASE Primary Committee, Lois Kelly, comments,

"We are delighted to publish the survival guide today. We believe in sharing expertise in primary science which is what this guide aims to do. Science subject leaders have an important role in developing good practice in their school and this guide is intended to support you in your role."

This is an exclusive benefit for ASE Primary Members brought to you by the ASE Primary Committee. Thank you to all the contributors who have shared their expertise! 

What is the Primary Science Leaders' Survival Guide?

The purpose of this guide is to help you develop your subject leadership role and science in your school by tackling one bit at a time. The ASE Primary Science Leaders’ Survival Guide contains practical advice from fellow professionals on all aspects of delivering science in primary schools and comprises of the following eight sections:

Section 1 Developing your school’s vision for science
Section 2 Leading science in your school
Section 3 Developing as a subject leader
Section 4 Managing and developing science Resources
Section 5 Working with others
Section 6 Teaching and learning
Section 7 Making effective use of assessment
Section 8 Enhancing science

Login and download now (PDF)

Are you registered? You or your school might already be an ASE member, but have you registered to use the ASE website? If not, you can register here using your membership number.

Not a member? You can view the guide's contents (PDF), however you will need to become a member of The Association for Science Education if you would like to receive the full version of the guide (plus lots of other member benefits!)


We would like to acknowledge the invaluable support and genorosity of all our contributors who made this initiative possible:

Nicola Beverley, Dr Susan Burr, Mary Darby, Sarah Earle, Caroline Galpin, Michelle Grimshaw, Shelagh Hendry, Deborah Herridge, Jon Hickman, Leigh Hoath, Elly Hoskin, Kulvinder Johal, Liz Lawrence, Tara Livesley, Maria McGrory, Kirsten Mould, Joy Parvin, Wendy Precious, Peter Sainsbury, Carol Sampey , Claire Seeley, Louise Stubberfield, Nicola Waller, Hellen Ward, Rachael Webb

Coming soon...

The guide is a working document and another release is planned later in 2017 with lots of new chapters and practical advice including:

How to carry out a planning scrutiny
How to identify and analyse areas for development
How to build links with other science subject leaders
How to decide what you need
How to write a budget /bid
How to evaluate and choose printed online resources
Health and Safety
How to run a cpd / staff inset session
How to gather and use feedback from pupils 
How to organise a cpd session from an external provider
Mentoring associate teachers and NQTs
Mentoring colleagues new to the school
Mentoring ineffective colleagues
How to report to governors
How to work with a link governor
How to organise visits by external providers
How to use contemporary issues
How to make effective links with English
How to develop a STEM curriculum
How to make effective links with other subjects
How to organise visits including residentials
How to make links with global learning