National Science Learning Centre

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York, United Kingdom

Science Learning Centres are a national network for professional development in science teaching. The Centres support teachers in enhancing their professional skills by learning more about contemporary scientific ideas and in experimenting with effective teaching approaches and gaining experience of modern scientific techniques. The aim is to improve science teaching, raise morale in the teaching profession and to inspire pupils by providing them with a more exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education, enabling them to gain the knowledge and the understanding they need - both as the citizens and as the scientists of the future. There are nine regional Centres in England and one National Centre to serve the UK. Each of the Centres has a main base but is developing satellite Centres and online resources which can be accessed by teachers from across the country. The Centres offer courses in the latest scientific research and industry, as well as education initiatives across all key stages and Post-16, to science teachers, technicians, FE lecturers and teachers tackling the ethics of science in society e.g. citizenship teachers. Each of the Centres is equipped with new labs and ICT resources to provide advanced training. They are working with leading scientific organisations and businesses to ensure that the content delivered to the teachers is contemporary and relevant