Register for CPD Training
Register for our Continuing Professional Development Programme of Support 2014/15
Many schools contact us looking for help in delivering the science and maths curriculum in schools. How to make it more interesting, relevant and visual for their students? We hope to help with this and have been doing so for over 10 years. Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is the national programme, run by Science Foundation Ireland, to foster interest in science, technology engineering and maths amongst children in primary schools. Over the last 10 years thousands of schools have engaged with the programme either in the training offered or the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in their science and technology in the world around them.
Since 2009/10 DPSM has offered in-school CPD to over 6,000 primary teachers in over 500 schools. This year, in partnership with ESERO Ireland, we are offering a programme of science and maths support (including CPD) to your school.
We plan to work with 50 schools this year by supporting teachers in their science and maths teaching. Our objectives are that by the end of the year:
- Schools operate a whole school approach to engaging with science and maths.
- Teachers are able to understand and apply the DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry based science teaching and learning to their science teaching.
- Teachers are able to use the DPSM Classroom Activities Planning Guide and DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry to plan a topic/theme based approach to teaching science.
- Teachers understand the relevance of and are able to use space as a cross curricular theme in their planning and teaching.
To participate, we are inviting your school to commit to this development programme for the school year, which will consist of the following:
- Host a 2 hour CPD workshop for the whole staff in each school term (i.e. 3 x two hour workshops). There must be a minimum of 10 teachers participating. This criterion can be met by partnering with another school(s).
- Teachers should be prepared to apply what they are learning from each session and report back at subsequent CPD workshops.
- The school must participate in the Awards of Science & Maths Excellence. Details on the Awards can be found here.
- Teachers will be asked to provide feedback and may be asked to participate in focus groups as part of our ongoing evaluation process.
- The school should commit to achieving the overall objectives of the programme above.
Registration for this STEM support in your school will be open from Monday 3rd October 2014 at http://www.primaryscience.ie/registerforcpd2014. Schools will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in signing up.
Resources and Support available at the CPD Sessions
- Hands-on school based workshops (3 x 2 hours which are done as part of your planning day or your Croke Park hours).
- CPD and support for effective and engaging teaching of science.
- Explanations of how DPSM activities link to the curriculum and skills.
- A network of Discover Primary Science and Maths Centres offering approved science and maths tours to schools.
- A dedicated website (www.primaryscience.ie) which introduces new activities.
- Four electronic newsletters which will give information pertinent to science and maths in primary schools and promote relevant science events.
We hope you'll welcome this offer of support for your school and we look forward to receiving your registration. If you have any queries our contact details are below.