W5 - Teacher CPD

Skip Navigation

Teacher CPD

Active Science in the Early Years 

This programme can be utilised by all Early Years / Foundation Stage practitioners and aims to highlight the importance of teaching and learning science from an early age. It aims to inspire practitioners to provide their pupils with valuable scientific experiences within the World Around Us, as well as promoting creativity, exploration and curiosity.  It will also help them to ensure their pupils are forming clear ideas and concepts about the world around them.  It will demonstrate how practitioners can integrate scientific content into their teaching and provide simple, manageable, take home techniques and activities which can be safely and easily transferred into the classroom. 

This is a practical course with hands-on experiments. Participants will be provided with a range of fun, creative activities and they will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ in order to build confidence when teaching science furthermore allowing them to take ideas back to the classroom and use within their own teaching. Time will also be dedicated to discussion around the learning accompanied by demonstrations to explain the scientific concepts involved. This course will promote the teaching of science from Nursery onwards and demonstrate simple ways to incorporate it into play and topic work. Length: half day or full day


Hands-on Science

A hands-on science training programme which can be delivered independently or as part of wider programmes of CPD e.g. ELB Primary STEM initiative and the ASE (NI) regional conference.  Hands-on Science is tailored to specific key stages from Nursery through to Key Stage 3 and aims to provide teachers with an opportunity to gain support and advice on how to best deliver enriching and engaging STEM programmes within school, and embed practical STEM based activities in the classroom. Length: half day or full day


Public Enagagemen Training

Public engagement, that is, engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline, is an important aspect of any researchers role. This interactive course combines activities and discussion to help researchers learn about and develop confidence in public engagement. The participants will be encouraged to consider different ways to engage with new audiences and will gain a better understanding of the important considerations involved in planning, organising and delivering a public engagement activity.

Course Content:

The course comprises of a full day of training including a reflection and feedback exercise:

The key contents

  • Public engagement – what is it/why is it important?
  • Exploring different types of PE
    • Demonstration shows
    • Informal Science Busking
    • Hands-on activities
    • Dialogue activities
  • Knowing your audience.
  • Facilitation Skills – speaking to a non-specialist audience, facilitating a dialogue activity, roleplaying etc.
  • Practicalities of public engagement – exploring issues such as funding, health and safety child protection.
  • Evaluating Public Engagement Programmes
  • Project work – in pairs or small groups begin to develop ideas and activities to engage students/general public in STEM

Length: full day


For information about these CPD courses, including costs, contact the education Department at W5: