Welcome to the Science web pages for the Grand Union Training Partnership. Here you will find information relevant to the teaching of science. Science is taught to 11-13 year old students in key stage 3 and 14-16 year old students in key stage 4 and 17-18 year old students in key stage 5. Topics covered on training include:
  • The subject curriculum
  • Lesson planning and evaluation
  • Health and safety
  • Target setting using data
  • Assessment
  • Differentiation
  • Working with the Gifted and Talented
  • ICT
  • Misconceptions in Science
  • Teaching Numeracy
  • Literacy in Science
  • Supporting boys and girls from different ethnic backgrounds
  • Chemistry demonstrations
  • Physics demonstrations
  • Biology demonstrations
  • Data Logging
  • Managing Science Out of the classroom
Subject Specific Aims:
The following aims are in addition to the overall aims of the Grand Union Training Partnership.
  • To enable Associate Teachers to develop in all their learners an analytical approach to science and its applications.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the role of science in the whole curriculum, with particular reference to the National Curriculum Key Stages 3 and 4, as well as a range of post 16 courses.
  • To provide opportunities to develop effective teaching and assessment strategies in the science classroom, focusing on appropriate planning, methodologies and organisation of the learning environment.
  • To consider the role and relationship of teachers and learners in the science classroom, with particular reference to individual differences, teaching and learning styles, differentiation and the management of pupil behaviours.
  • To increase awareness amongst Associate Teachers of their crucial role in raising science standards.
Training for each subject is undertaken through a number of twilight sessions and subject training days held in the various schools throughout the academic year. Potential Associate Teachers wishing to embark on the training programme must possess a relevant degree and grade C, or above, in Maths and English at GCSE. Relevant experience in an educational, scientific or industrial field may also be considered. Actual examples being people who have worked as Laboratory Technicians, Electrical Engineers and in Scientific Sales, Medical Support services and Medical Research.
Information about Key Stage 3 Science can be found on the following websites:
Exam boards used by the schools in which Associate Teachers train include AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Click on the links below to access these sites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information.

The Grand Union Training Partnership,
Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6DJ
Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.