Herts for Learning CPD Hub

Primary Science Conference

Code: 21/0004

Wednesday 1 December 2021


Who should attend?

Middle Leaders
New/Aspiring Middle Leaders
New/Aspiring Subject Leaders
Subject Leaders


The primary science conference aims to inspire and enthuse science leaders of all experiences. Delegates will receive updates about the latest developments, resources and ideas to continue to develop their science curricular in school.

David Allen, Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching at the University of Hertfordshire and Dr Alex Sinclair, Science Lead, St Mary’s University, will be opening the conference with a keynote entitled:

Superhero Scientists

This session will explore the lives of famous and contemporary scientists, and professionals who utilise science within their work. It draws upon the newly published book ‘Superhero Scientists’ which provides opportunities for research into scientists from diverse backgrounds and engagement in creative literacy tasks. The session will look at ways to develop science capital and challenge the stereotype image of the white, male scientist in a lab coat.

In addition to the opening keynote there will be a session delivered by Charlotte Jackson, teaching and learning adviser for Science, Herts for Learning and Jane Andrews, Teaching and learning adviser for English Herts for Learning entitle:

Linking Science and English

This session will explore how high quality text and writing stimuli can be used to excite and engage children whilst deepening science learning.

There will be a number of additional sessions to attend, including a science in schools showcase featuring tips, advice and ideas on how to lead developments in schools from experienced science leaders.

“I found the conference inspiring and informative. It was packed with information about how to promote children's science capital and topical science knowledge, along with user friendly ways to introduce the concepts in my school”<

Aims and Objectives

By attending the conference delegates will:
  • review the components of a great science curriculum for pupils in their school
  • explore how to inspire pupils and teachers to engage with science
  • consider how to recognise and use current good practice in science teaching and learning
  • explore how to develop scientific literacy
  • reflect on how to develop their science curriculum to make it real and relevant