In collaboration with the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at The University of Manchester and The Derby High School, Bury Grammar School Girls is pleased to be involved in a local Science Leaders’ Innovation Cluster.
This offers primary science subject leaders and secondary science colleagues the opportunity to work together on key areas of curriculum development they are interested in and that will enhance the quality of science learning in all schools.
We have focused on gaining insight into the range and progression of working scientifically across the primary and secondary phase. Our cluster involves several local primary schools and The Derby High School coming together through termly development days offered across both High Schools.
Our most recent meeting was held in October 2017 where teachers collaborated to share expertise to map a science topic, e.g. plants, forces and materials, from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3. In the morning primary science subject leaders also benefitted from the knowledge of senior subject specialists at BGSG who delivered sessions on these topic themes.
The afternoon saw an exchange of knowledge and skills as the primary teachers shared pedagogical approaches, and the University representative, Dr Leigh Hoath (SEERIH Champion), supported all the teachers in reflecting on their own practice.
We are looking forward to sharing more at our upcoming events, including a working breakfast and a second Cluster meeting day at The Derby High School before the final meeting in June 2018.
In addition to this core offer, there are also enhancement events and activities including visits between the Cluster schools, the Great Science Share and, just recently, the SEERIH Annual Primary Science Teachers’ Conference held at BASF, Cheadle.