Structured professional development for primary teachers

The Centre for STEM Education offers structured professional development programmes to support primary schools to develop teaching quality and improve pupil outcomes.

The professional development programmes usually run across a term and include:

  • introductory session to the area of focus, with input from the programme lead; practical workshops; and planning for school based activities;
  • school based activities;
  • mid- programme session to share progress and further develop approaches and teaching techniques;
  • plenary, celebration and evaluation session to consider impact and ways of embedding and developing school practice and learn from other participants about their school-based approaches.

Our CPD programme leaders have successful experience of primary teaching and curriculum leadership.

Autumn 2024 programme

Being creative with physical computing

This exciting programme will comprise a one-day hands-on workshop that covers primary computing, science, and design and technology at our De Havilland campus, followed by twilight support sessions, free kit loan and a celebration/round-up session. This course aims to increase teacher confidence to  teach physical computing.

Primary science subject leader mentoring programme

Science subject leaders will work together to generate ideas and approaches to subject leadership, monitoring and evaluation. Participants will learn about different leadership styles and, through coaching, develop their confidence at giving effective feedback. The programme includes an introductory campus session, on-line twilight support and school visits.

To register your interest or to find out more, please email

We can also offer structured programmes at your school and tailor them to meet an individual school's needs or areas of interest. Please email to find out more.

I have attended many courses over my 27 years teaching, but the structure and focus of this project means it has had the biggest impact on my own and the pupils’ learning of any CPD I have attended. Thank you for thinking outside the box and putting together a brilliant bit of CPD.  I will be recommending it to everyone I meet!

Participant of STEM explorers