SSERC works with a range of partners, including the Scottish Government, National STEM Learning Centre (NSLC), The Primary Science Teaching Trust and others to deliver a programme of experiential PL for childminders, early years practitioners, primary and secondary teachers, student teachers and technicians focussing on STEM.
Our professional development courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings lasting up to 5 days in total (these latter courses are generally delivered over 2 parts). A significant number of our courses are delivered through e-learning systems and use SSERC_meet technology. Our curriculum coverage spans both primary and secondary sectors and we offer events for teachers, trainee teachers and technicians. Our portfolio is varied and includes:
- Courses for Probationers and newly qualified teachers
- Subject specific courses for teachers in primary and secondary sectors
- A range of transition courses to promote enhanced interaction between primary and secondary practitioners
- The annual Scottish Universities Science School and Scottish Universities Technology School
- Health and Safety courses for teachers and technicians
- Design and manufacturing courses for technology teachers
- Courses targeted at science and technology support staff (many of these courses are levelled and credit-rated by SQA within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
- Leadership courses
Our PL is supported by our own YouTube channel – SSERC TV – which is the main vehicle for our digital resources and our self-study courses utilise our SSERC Online Learning platform.
What people say about SSERC PL:
“The learning and teaching has improved along with teacher confidence, the response from pupils has been great”
“Really useful practical ideas which can be taken back and used with Primary 1”
“The activities are great for developing scientific thinking with children and have allowed me to become more confident about teaching science and supporting learners”.
Delegates at a number of our courses are eligible to receive grants to support their attendance. Teachers in Local Authority funded-schools in Scotland may qualify for an ENTHUSE Award from NSLC to cover registration and accommodation costs associated with the courses.