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Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)

Teachers taking part in a workshop

Professional learning

We offer a learning programme that increases teachers’ access to knowledge, skills and like-minded professionals.

All professional learning is designed in response to teacher’s needs and guided by the Trajectory of Professional Development (Bianchi 2017). We offer face-to-face training as well as online resources that you can study in your own time.

Face-to-face

Our face-to-face training includes courses such as "working scientifically in the primary classroom", that provides teachers with the necessary skills and understanding related to teaching, learning and assessment in the National Curriculum.

  • Primary science subject leader networks: these half-day meetings occur three times a year and are open to any of the Greater Manchester boroughs.
  • Community-led Science Clusters: clusters facilitate inter-school collaboration on science and engineering topics. Clusters are particularly successful for Key Stage 3 students and are an ideal way to improve science learning from primary school to secondary. 
  • Innovative research projects: projects allow teachers to work alongside each other and co-create new methodologies for teaching and learning in primary science and engineering. Projects run with the support of SEERIH also give you access to STEM organisations such as the Royal Institution, Scientific and Technology Facilities Council, UK Space Agency, RAEng and Primary Science Teaching Trust.
  • Deep Dive one-day intensive school reviews: these are designed to support senior leaders and science subject leaders to identify key issues and areas for improvement in science learning from EYFS to Key Stage 2.
  • SEERIH’s Annual Primary Science Conference: the conference allows teachers to share in collaborative professional learning,  and draw on the expertise of specialists from around the country. Coordinated in partnership with local authorities, industry partners and schools, the conference addresses contemporary issues and topics in STEM education.

Online learning

Developed with practising teachers, SEERIH-Innovations provides access to a range of electronic resources, such as Science4Families, Tinkering-for-Learning and Enquiring Science for All. Other publications from the SEERIH team include the children’s book ‘Smart Pickings’ and Fascinate Question and Enquiry key fobs.