The Museum is offering primary Science Subject Leaders in selected London boroughs the opportunity to participate in a sponsored professional learning opportunity during the 2018/19 academic year.
The programme is available to schools in the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Westminster, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham, Barnet, Brent, and Tower Hamlets.
The programme runs as six sessions (two full days and four half-days) and involves approximately two class visits within the year. The programme is free to participating schools. It is funded by the Foyle Foundation and run in collaboration with STEM Learning, the Natural History Museum and the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle.
Museum staff and local experts will work with Science Subject Leaders to:
- increase teachers' knowledge of museums' human and physical resources that can be used to support science learning, using the Natural History Museum as an example
- give Science Subject Leaders access to areas of the Museum and introductions to experts, to develop their own knowledge and skills for dissemination among colleagues
- support Science Subject Leaders in developing a programme of Museum visits to explore enquiry and object based learning, teaching at greater depth and mastery learning in the science curriculum
- increase Science Subject Leaders' networks of people and organisations, who can support science learning in your school
- bring enhanced excitement and confidence about science to your school's staff and pupils
We also offer a stipend to teachers taking part in the programme.
For more details details around the shape of the programme and what is involved, please download the draft programme.
Feedback from participants in the pilot year
'Fantastic course - well laid out and resourced. I leave each session with fantastic ideas, resources and contacts.
'Children are getting loads better at creating questions that can actually be investigated.'
'The artefacts were excellent at developing children's curiosity. They were really engaged with the objects.'
'Children becoming more confident in discussion and debate, questioning peers on their views.'
How to express your interest
If you are interested in this opportunity, please discuss with your Head teacher, fill out the expression of interest form and send it to Joe Sullivan at the Natural History Museum by 29 October 2018.
Sign up today to avoid disappointment. We will allocate places and get in touch on October. Programme dates will be finalised in November 2018.