Outstanding Teaching Practice in Science

‘Schools need to raise pupils’ aspirations and enjoyment of science and ensure that they nurture the talents of our potential young scientists of the future.’
Ofsted Report ‘Success in Science’

Are there aspects of your practice you could improve?

Are you aiming for outstanding?

To remain masters of our subject, it’s important that we keep learning and evaluating on our own practice. This course provides strategies, practical advice and actionable pedagogies to ensure the delivery of outstanding Science lessons.

Benefits of this course include:

  • Actively engage with innovative teaching methods specific to science teaching
  • Opportunity to be in the position of the learner and utilise innovative ideas
  • Improve the engagement, motivation and attainment of all students through proven principles
  • Improve your ability to develop practical and mathematical skills in your students.

This course is suitable for Secondary Science teachers and leaders.


What is the role of a 21st Century Science teacher?

  • What does the research say – what’s effective/ what’s not and why?
  • An updated role for technology in the Science lab
  • What are Ofsted and ISI looking for in Science teaching?
  • How do we develop students with enough Grit, Resilience and Independence to prepare them for the next stage of their education in Science?

Demonstrating Rapid and Sustained Progress in Science

  • Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in Science, including enquiry and problem-solving skills
  • Deeper Questioning – establishing exactly what concepts your learners still do not understand to better target intervention
  • Marking and Feedback – strategies to show rapid and sustained progress over time

Developing innovative ways to teach highly engaging Science lessons

  • Scientific literacy – developing students’ understanding of scientific concepts through effective communication
  • The use of highly effect “pupil talk” in Science
  • Differentiation whilst still stretching the most able

Using collaborative teaching strategies and active approaches to learning in Science

  • Effective grouping
  • Establishing a growth mindset and culture of collaborative learning
  • Tweaks to strategies to make your pupils work harder
  • Getting the most from every lesson
  • Embedding practical skills

Opportunity to collaboratively action plan active strategies to improve pupil progress in Science

  • Who to target with what intervention?
  • Utilising Pupil Premium Funding effectively
  • Satisfying the requirements of Ofsted/ISI and evidencing this.

Presenter Profile

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John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (www.jmcinset.com), having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.


"Lots of good ideas that I can use tomorrow, exactly what I want from CPD"
Alison Yates, Year Leader, Harlington Upper School
“Excellent ideas for classroom activities”
Ben Burrows, St Paul’s School

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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