Jan 242017
 
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We have a few places available on a SSERC/RSC professional development course on 14th February 2017 at Garnock Community Campus, North Ayrshire (KA14 3BF). The funding for the course is such that the course fee for the day is £200 per participant to cover the full cost of the course including course materials, teas/coffee and lunch.  Each participant will receive a voucher with a value of £140 of resources which can be used against purchases from Scientific and Chemical.
Additionally, each participant from a local authority school or FE college can apply for an ENTHUSE Award from the National STEM Learning Centre – such applications must be made in advance of the course start date (details of how to apply will be sent to successful applicants).  ENTHUSE Awards will be paid to the school/college several weeks after completion of the course; the value of the ENTHUSE Award will be £200.
Expressions of interest to sts@sserc.org.uk by Friday Jan 27th please.
Nov 212016
 

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Professional development for secondary science probationers

The closing date for applications to attend SSERC’s 2-part residential course for Probationer teachers is Friday November 25th.  Through this programme, with practical work at its core, we focus on enhancing the range of activities which participants will be able to use to support Curriculum for Excellence in their classrooms. More than half of the practical elements of the course will be devoted to subjects outside participants’ own area of expertise. More details available from the SSERC website.

 

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Nov 112016
 

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SSERC Winter Bulletins

SSERC’s popular Primary Science & Technology Bulletin and SSERC Bulletin are available to download for all members from the SSERC website. All Local Authority school and college teachers and technicians are automatically members of SSERC. The majority of Independent schools are too.

If you’ve yet to register for membership or forgotten your login details contact STS@sserc.org.uk to create or reactivate your account.

 

Sep 062016
 

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Biology teacher placements at Glasgow University

Join the University of Glasgow for a placement where you can immerse yourself in the world of STEM outside of the classroom.

Summary

Location: University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill Campus, G12 8QQ

The following dates are currently available:

13 – 17 Feb 2017

20 – 24 Feb 2017

(Other dates may be available upon request).

£900 of ENTHUSE bursary funding provided.

The final part of the scheme is a one-day professional development experience, held during the summer 2017 term.

Express your interest in this placement by completing this form and sending it to: insight@stem.org.uk or mailto:grant.mcallister@sserc.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2016

This opportunity is suitable for STEM secondary/FE professionals with an interest in Higher / Advanced Higher (or equivalent) in biology.

Going on a placement at the University of Glasgow will help you to:

Inspire your students – increase your own understanding by attending lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions in life sciences, medicine, genetics, molecular and cell biology. Meet with students, researchers and lecturers working in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at Glasgow and gain and insight into the breadth of curriculum content available to students entering this field.

Build strong links with a local university – connect with a local university to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership. Help to boost your students’ confidence in making degree and career choices. Find out more about the skills and competencies required for a science-based career and gain ideas for future collaboration (e.g. work experience, mentoring, speakers).

Enhance your advice on careers options– gain useful information about how to support students to make university applications through UCAS, and develop a wider knowledge of how to support students in making career decisions, taking into account future STEM industries.

University Information:

The University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities with the goal of improving health and the quality of life for humans and animals across the globe. As well as a huge research portfolio, the college provides innovative teaching, preparing students for a wide variety of exciting careers. Students can choose from a broad array of subjects (more than 20 degree programmes) in the life sciences, from A (Anatomy) to Z (zoology), or alternatively, the clinical subjects; medicine (including programmes in medicine, nursing and dentistry) and the veterinary medicine programmes.
The University of Glasgow has just over 19,000 undergraduate students coming from around the world and gaining a place to study is highly competitive. Arming school teachers with insight and knowledge about current teaching practices and approaches will give their pupils the best chance to secure a place at the University and prepare them for higher education. We aim to support this, by giving teachers of Higher level biology, a guided tour through teaching at all levels in the university and provide them with the additional information they need to support their pupils, particularly in view of the recent changes by the SQA in the Advanced Higher biology “curriculum for excellence”.

Outcomes

This ENTHUSE bursary funded placement offers you an opportunity to:

• provide inspirational experiences for teachers, which will in turn help them to inspire their students
• support the transition between National Qualifications and Higher Education, helping to highlight routes of study and future STEM related careers
• develop firmer links between school / college and university
• equip your school or college in response to the Government’s careers strategy

 

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Sep 052016
 

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SSERC Newsletter August 2016

This will provide you with links to our Bulletins and upcoming CLPL events.

If you need to contact us about curricular or health and safety matters please email sts@sserc.org.uk or visit our website www.sserc.org.uk

SSERC has provided a range of equipment to Local Authorities on long term loan.

  • 5 Mystrica Mark II colorimeters which can be connected to PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices
  • UV-A sensor, voltage probe, Geiger-Müller tube, light sensor, gas pressure sensor and magnetic field all of which connect to the Vernier Labquest 2 data logger made available last year.

Independent schools wishing to borrow any of the above items should contact SSERC directly.

We have also sent for Technology Departments in all secondary schools a ‘Band Saw Buddy’ and an Inventor’s micro:bit kit. To find your local authority contact for this equipment please click here

Professional Learning @ SSERC
TECHNICIAN Courses
Aug 312016
 

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SSERC Chemistry Residential

Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th October 2016
Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th March 2017

Building on the success of previous events, this course will focus on CfE Senior Phase. Through the programme, a detailed copy of which will be available at www.sserc.org.uk, we offer a range of activities with a focus on practical work. Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the course offers an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with developments in your subject area.

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All meals and overnight accommodation at the nearby King Malcolm Hotel are included in the Course Fee of £100.

Only 20 places are available, so early application is advised.

Funding from the Scottish Government allows us to provide each delegate with equipment and teaching resources with a value of some £200 to help with the implementation of activities in your school. During part 2 of the residential we will ask you to share with your fellow participants your experiences of using these resources in your classroom.

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Aug 312016
 

Biology Residential

Part 1: Thursday 27 October – Saturday 29 October 2016
Part 2: Friday 24 – Saturday 25 March 2017

Building on the success of previous events, this course will focus on CfE Senior Phase. Through the programme, a detailed copy of which is available at www.sserc.org.uk, we offer a range of  activities with a focus on practical work. Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the course offers an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with developments in your subject area.

We will use the laboratory facilities at SSERC in Dunfermline.

All meals and overnight accommodation at the nearby King Malcolm Hotel are included in the Course Fee of £100.

Only 20 places are available, so early application is advised. Funding from the Scottish Government allows us to provide each delegate with equipment and teaching resources with a value of some £200 to help the implementation of activities in your school.

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During part 2 of the residential we will ask you to share with your fellow participants your experiences of using these resources in your classroom.

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Today the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF), Abertay University, Education Scotland, and the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) are delighted to be launching a set of exciting new classroom resources that directly supports the chemistry curriculum and will help learners and teachers to understand the application of chemistry in the food and drink industry.

There are six food science videos available for use in learning and teaching environments across Scotland that will help bring chemistry lessons to life using food as a context. These include Emulsions; Enzymic Browning; Maillard Reaction; Oxidative Rancidity; and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC).

These are available on Education Scotland’s Higher Sciences website.

Please get in touch if you have any queries.

Oct 262015
 

On the 16th November, 2015, from 4.00-5.00pm, Education Scotland is hosting an exciting event in collaboration with Edinburgh Genomics – giving practitioners a chance to converse with some of Scotland’s leading experts in modern genomics research.

Edinburgh Genomics is embedded in the rich academic environment of the University of Edinburgh, offering genomic sequencing and bioinformatics services across the fields of medical, veterinary and biological sciences.

This twilight session has been organised in accordance with the specifications of the DNA and the Genome unit of the CfE Higher (H4KD 76). The session will be hosted by Karim Gharbi, Head of Genomics, who will explain the concepts of sequencing and bioinformatics; describing the cutting-edge technologies used at Edinburgh Genomics in this highly powerful and ever-developing field of scientific research.

This will be immediately followed by a second discussion hosted by Mark Blaxter, Director of the Genome Science Division, who will discuss the many applications for genomic sequencing, such as phylogenomics, comparative genomics and possible clinical applications.

To register for the event, click here

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Oct 062015
 

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Venue: Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

This network was set up to explore strategies for raising attainment in the sciences. Our first raising attainment network event was on 11th November 2014. At that event, delegates chose a strategy to develop and trial over the next few months. At the follow up event, as well as some examples of interesting practice, returning delegates will give short presentations on their findings.

Target audience: secondary science FHs, PTs and practitioners. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/25QZCSD

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