Sciences cross-authority writing group programme 2015-16


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Education Scotland is pleased to publish details of the cross-authority writing groups taking place this year. These will seek to build on the success of the previous programme which has resulted in over 3000 classroom sciences resources being co-developed and shared through our sciences Glow community at: (please note change to previous link). Those secondary practitioners interested in attending should contact their QIO/authority sciences coordinator in the first instance. Details of how to register have been sent to QIOs/coordinators separately.

The programme is as follows:

Sciences Higher review event

Date:               5pm ‒ 8pm, Wed 30th Sept 2015 and 9:30am ‒ 4pm on Thurs 1st Oct 2015

Venue:            Mercure Hotel, Glasgow

Focus:             This event will provide delegates with the opportunity to review the key messages from the CfE Higher assessment for each of the sciences. Following an evening of input, delegates will then have a full day to co-develop resources for Higher Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Biology, and Physics in light of the needs identified.

Sciences Advanced Higher event

Date:               9:30am ‒ 4pm on Thurs 12th Nov 2015

Venue:            Mercure Hotel, Glasgow

Focus:             Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will reflect on the implementation of Advanced Higher and look to generate further resources to support learning and teaching. This event will have places for biology, chemistry, environmental science, human biology, and physics practitioners. Environmental science delegates will concentrate on other levels of NQ.

Sciences BGE (secondary) event

Date:               9am ‒ 4pm on Tues 19th Jan 2016

Venue:            SSERC, Dunfermline

Focus:             Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will reflect on learning and teaching in the broad general education (BGE) and look to generate further resources and strategies to support learning and teaching.

Sciences National 3 and 4 event

Date:               9am to 4pm on Tuesday 1st March 2016

Venue:            SSERC, Dunfermline

Focus:             Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will provide practitioners with opportunities to co-develop classroom resources and approaches to support learning and teaching in National 3 and 4 sciences qualifications.


Each local authority is invited to nominate two practitioners to attend each of these days ‒ these should be experienced faculty heads, principal teachers or classroom practitioners who are able to contribute effectively to the development of high-quality materials for biology, human biology, chemistry or physics. A waiting list is available should an authority wish to nominate more than two practitioners.

In addition to this, we have set extra spaces aside for practitioners wishing to develop resources for environmental science, science or science in the environment.

Following the event, those attending will be expected to share resources and update colleagues within their authority to ensure all practitioners benefit from the events and the support that has been provided.

Expenses and cover

Please note that Education Scotland is not able to pay for cover or travel expenses for any delegates attending these events.




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