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Getting Practical

The ‘Getting Practical – Improving Practical Work in Science Programme’ offers professional development for teachers of science and their supporting staff. The course aims to improve the:

  • Clarity of the leaning outcomes associated with practical work
  • Effectiveness and impact of the practical work
  • Sustainability of this approach for ongoing improvements
  • Quality rather than quantity of practical work used

The course, approximating 6 hours of training, is being offered locally throughout England by the team of Getting Practical trainers. These trainers have experience in delivering CPD successfully in their areas and will use the appropriate model for the Getting Practical course. This might be a one day event, two half day sessions or a series of three twilights.Teachers and their support staff from primary, secondary and post 16 levels are invited to attend these courses free of charge.

A consortium of partner organisations has been formed to run the programme, each being drawn from the field of science education and contributing their expertise and resources to the programme. The national network of Science Learning Centres and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University have led the design of the CPD course materials. 

Information regarding the available courses, latest news, and other resources can be found at

Meet the Getting Practical team

Marianne Cutler – Programme Director

Getting Practical is led by the ASE in partnership with the national network of Science Learning Centres, Centre for Science Education, and CLEAPSS. For further information on our other partners, click here.