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Heads of Science Conference Overview

The Conference was held on 29 November 2010 at Science Learning Centre, East of England.

The agenda reflected latest developments and initiatives in science education and provided an opportunity for discussion and networking between subject leaders. An exhibition of exam boards, publishers and our partners is available for browsing.

Conference Overview and Summary from the White Paper
Connectives placemat for writing in science


Subject Leader's Development Meetings (SLDMs)

These are a mechanism for disseminating the messages of the Secondary National Strategy to all secondary schools. Subject leaders will be invited to attend these in the Spring and Summer terms please look out for fliers in school.


Reviews from SLD Meetings


SLDM 5 April 2011


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What is involved in an OFSTED subject inspection?

Planning to teach the new GCSEs

Modifying schemes of work, preparing for controlled assessments, preparing for the extended answer questions

SLDM 22 June 2010

The focus of this meeting was How Science Works and APP


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National Strategies:
Narrowing the Gap

Using Study Guides
to help your staff to write a SoW

SLDM 23 June 2009

The focus of this meeting was How Science Works and APP


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The morning session asked teachers to think about How School Science Works and How Science Works and to think about the different approaches used by famous scientists.

After a session on Science in the Media, delegates ended up doing some Water Dowsing!

The afternoon session was an opportunity for delegates to work collaboratively to come up with tasks to address the 20 APP Threads.

Delegates then considered a possible timeline for implementation of APP.

Work produced by delegates has not been moderated by the Herts CC Science Team in any way so should be treated on the understanding that we are not necessarily condoning that certain activities should definitely be used at certain levels.

It does, however, contain interesting ideas.

SLDM 18 March 2009

There was an excellent attendance at this meeting which was the launch of the Science Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) Materials. All relevant materials can be found below, including the departmental version of the main presentation which can be used to get across the main messages in a faculty meeting.


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The Assessment for Learning Strategy

Assessing pupils' progress (APP): Science

SLDM 15 May 2008

There was a good turnout for the Subject Leader Development Meeting on 15th May 2008. This table leads you to all of the major documents used in the day.


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The course powerpoint and associated documentation:

Strategy Training Materials for Subject Leader Development Meeting 15th May 2008

Meeting Presentation

The summary of the exercise based upon the Europe-wide report on Science Education is published:

Recommendations from European science report

The results of the KS4 evaluation starter activity:

The Sharing Good Practice section of the day was very well received and there were some excellent ideas:


Human, Plant and Animal Behaviour Booklets from Norfolk County council Consultants were distributed to assist with planning to teach this strand in the new .

Peter Hart asked for ideas on Bias to help in the production of Hertfordshire’s booklet on this subject which is developing apace and will be published shortly to assist with planning to teach this skill in the new .

Peter Nickson, Mount Grace, talked through the use of Upd8/Wikied as a tool to write a contextual and exciting new curriculum:

Ruth Evans, Adeyfield, talked through her school’s approach to the new KS3.



Louise Baldwin gave a PowerPoint presentation about Marlborough’s experience of delivering the Science BTEC.

Peter Hart fed back the findings from the KS4 evaluation survey which was done as a starter activity for the day.



Dave Corbett (on behalf of Tom Wright) showed the excellent resources (flash/java animations) on:

A good portion of the day was spent on lesson planning and the materials that we used can be found in the ‘Lesson Planning and Design’ section of this website.

We regret to announce that, due to technical and moderation difficulties, we are now unable to host the New KS3 Wiki mentioned at the SLDM but would encourage all Herts Science Teachers to sign up to the Herts Email discussion board (Herts-Sci_Net)

Join by visiting the link below from a school-based PC: in schools only...


SLDM 27 February 2008

Please see the key messages which outlines the different sessions and will help you negotiate the other materials.


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Key messages from the SLDMs

Levels and Grades related to Bloom's Taxonomy

Going for Gold: Securing attainment

Creating a progress


Advanced use of Excel Spreadsheets for Pupil Tracking

SLDM Data Excel Training Basic

SLDM Data Excel Training Advanced

GCSE Science 2006

Negatives relating to introduction

Positives relating to introduction


Good ideas for retention

Issues with retention

Scenarios and Action Plans

School and departmental framework for retaining staff