Neil Atkin has taught for 20 years in the full range of educational establishments. The last nine of these he specialised as an AST in Science and IT, responsible for improving teaching and learning in schools coming out of 'failing' status, and was described by Ofsted as "inspirational" and his work as "outstanding". He is therefore highly experienced in the use of innovative strategies that he knows work in challenging situations. Neil is also at the forefront of developments in the use of ICT to transform the learning experience. He encourages students to 'perform their understanding' by creating a movie, song, picture, podcast, animation or presentation using an iPod Touch.
In science Neil pushes the boundaries with a radical approach and has created a company - 'exScites' - which explores ways of using exciting activities such as surfing, skiing and climbing to teach the science curriculum. Neil is currently working for the Institute of Physics as the SW region teaching and learning coach, supporting top grammar schools and National Challenge comprehensives, and for the National Science Learning Centre as a triple science consultant for physics and e-learning.
Neil is a published author working as a science adviser and digital learning consultant for Hodder Murray and is about to release a revision resource supporting the new curriculum through Phillip Allan. His courses have outstanding feedback as they focus on your needs and give strategies, not just materials. One of the key objectives is to make your students work harder than you!
#SciPD: A Trifecta of Approaches to Becoming an Outstanding Science Teacher
National Science Week: Practical workshops delivered by three science experts
For one week of the year, National Science Week gets science the attention it deserves and with this all-inclusive practical course you will receive training from three genuine experts in their field. This unique course will be hosted in the prestigious National Museum of Wales - an apt venue for celebrating National Science Week.
Science is like no other subject and far too often teachers are provided with a blanket approach to teaching all of our disciplines. Here you will find a wide range of perspectives and a plethora of activities that will provide a new philosophy in teaching science. From using technology in the classroom and preparing students for the six mark question to organising and running STEM clubs, we will show you how to engage pupils in both theory and practical-based lessons.
On this course we will include practical elements to fully engage all delegates in a totally hands-on manner that is synonymous with science lessons in order to replicate the realistic environment in the lab!
This course includes:
• Superb course materials
• Refreshments and a two course lunch at the museum's Oriel Restaurant
This course aims to
Offer expertise from three experts in becoming an outstanding science teacher
Showcase a variety of practical activities to engage science students and STEM clubs
Provides examples of how to prepare your students for extended writing exam questions
Highlight the advantages of technology in the science classroom
Demonstrate how to make lessons engaging and relevant not predictable and formulaic
Deliver a new way of teaching science through scientific literacy
Discovering A New Philosophy of Teaching Science with Neil Atkin
- 09:00am -
Find Out How to Prepare for Exams with Alessio Bernardelli
- Explaining how science should be engaging and relevant, not predictable and formulaic
- Enabling teachers to create outstanding and engaging science lesson
- Showcasing a new way of teaching science through scientific literacy
- Demonstrating how iPads can transform learning and make students work harder than you
Engaging and Practical Activities with STEM Clubs with Cerian Angharad
- Helping students to read six mark questions
- What do students need to write to get the marks?
- Examples of good practice in preparation to answering six mark questions
- How important is good grammar and spelling?
- Looking at the practical aspects of organising and running a STEM club
- Giving ideas about finding presenters and activity partners near you
- Providing hands-on experiences and demonstrations
- Looking at national projects that you can take part in
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Neil Atkin has taught for 20 years in the full range of educational establishments. The last nine of these he specialised as an AST in Science and IT, responsible for improving teaching and learning in schools coming out of 'failing' status, and was described by Ofsted as "inspirational" and his work as "outstanding". He is therefore highly experienced in the use of innovative strategies that he knows work in challenging situations. Neil is also at the forefront of developments in the use of ICT to transform the learning experience. He encourages students to 'perform their understanding' by creating a movie, song, picture, podcast, animation or presentation using an iPod Touch.Cerian Angharad
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Cerian Angharad has been a science teacher since 1993. Her experience includes 12 years as head of physics in a Welsh medium comprehensive in South Wales.
Cerian's first degree is in physics from Cardiff University and she completed a CPE course in law at the University of Glamorgan before embarking on a PGCE course at Aberystwyth University. She has been a keen supporter of the Institute of Physics throughout her career and has been a teacher network co-ordinator for the Institute since 2004. She has experience of organising successful teacher conferences on behalf of the Institute of Physics in Wales as well as practical workshops and events for schools across the region. She has been involved with the Association for Science Education for many years and has represented Wales as a field officer since 2004, organising a wide range of events for science teachers in Wales.
Cerian also has experience of writing educational material and has been teacher expert for the Science Museum in London as well as regional consultant for STEMNET. She has worked extensively with PGCE institutions across Wales and beyond providing practical workshops and support for the students.
Cerian is director of See Science, an educational and enrichment team who are the STEMNET contract holders in Wales.Alessio Bernardelli
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Alessio Bernardelli was a head of KS3 science for five years in Wales and has taught physics and science for over nine years. During his career Alessio has delivered a range of projects and CPD programmes for schools across Torfaen and Caerphilly, and has successfully led PLCs on developing thinking and technology-rich learning.
He is a multi award-winning teacher known for his creative and innovative use of technology in education. One of his greatest achievements was winning an award at the prestigious Microsoft Partners In Learning Worldwide Education Forum in 2007. He was also a finalist at the Rolls-Royce Science Prize in 2008. Alessio won the NEN award “Be a reporter for a day” with his year 12 physics class at BETT 2010, the Guardian Classroom Innovation Award at BETT 2011, and the SE Classroom Award for Innovative Teaching through ICT in 2011.
A trained Partners In Learning peer coaching facilitator, Alessio is also a TASC framework specialist and an official iMindMap leader. He has also worked with a range of agencies to develop innovative teaching and learning resources such as Microsoft, Nelson Thornes, The Open University, Oxford University Press, Twig, Brain Pop UK, DCELLS and National Grid for Learning (NGfL) Cymru. He was seconded in 2010-11 to work with WJEC as a field development officer for NGfL Cymru and between 2012 and 2013 he was the science subject lead at TES.
Alessio currently works for CfBT as an NSP partner and is a consultant for the Institute of Physics in the roles of network co-ordinator in Gloucestershire and TalkPhysics.org editor."Unfortunately this course date is fully booked. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please feel free to select an alternative date or contact us directly to discuss how we can meet your needs."New Course
Course Price:£260.00 + VAT
“Really useful course. I learnt loads and was really impressed! Thanks for a really rewarding course.”
Claire Wills , The Cathedral School - March 2014
“Excellent, simple ways of improving learning and new ideas for STEM clubs too.”
Edel McDonagh , St Richard Gwyn R C High School - March 2014
“Excellent ideas and resources. I can't wait to try them out in my lessons.”
Kelly Holmes, Brynmawr Foundation School - March 2014
“Lots of useful information to feed back to school and implement on Monday. I will tell others to attend.”
Darren Webb, The Dean Academy - March 2014
“Some excellent resources which will be very useful.”
Ayesha Ali, Prestwich Arts College - March 2014
“Loads of information which was relevant and will help to change and improve my teaching.”
Paul Brooks, Michaelston Community College - March 2014
Della Conway, Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School - March 2014
“Excellent course; well presented; timed to be useful but not overpowering.”
Alison Perrott, St John Lloyd R.C School - March 2014
“Very interesting and informative.”
Dafydd Charles, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf - March 2014
“First Dragonfly course I've attended and have thoroughly enjoyed it and have taken a number of ideas away.”
Jill Luke Evans, Ysgol Dewi Sant - March 2014