The Scottish Universities Science School (SUSS) is a two-day residential professional development event for secondary science education students across Scotland.
SUSS is hugely popular among initial teacher education (ITE) students, routinely attended by more than 95% of the eligible annual cohort.
SUSS has a positive impact on student teacher subject knowledge, confidence and motivation, but also provides a unique opportunity to explore the value of career-long professional learning and identify sources of effective, high-quality support for student teachers as they enter the teaching profession. It is also hoped that this professional learning event is the first of many engagements between SSERC and those who attend, leading to career long uptake of our broad portfolio of professional learning offers. We are especially keen to see ITE students return in their NQT year to join our Science for Secondary Probationers course; making SUSS an effective starting point in an ongoing relationship between SSERC and student/probationer teachers as they progress in their career.