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A Teacher's Guide to the Galaxy

A Cornerstone Science Conference

12th February 2020

Join us for the day to discover how to bring the big, wide, world into the classroom. Explore how to make experiences relevant and relatable to today’s children, such as aspiring to STEM careers, interacting with materials from space and working scientifically. We will be exploring these ideas with reference to the new Ofsted framework and addressing how to keep your curriculum and assessment robust in light of new expectations.

Last year’s conference was very popular and this once again promises to be excellent value for money with an early bird discount of just £35. Alongside learning this will be a good opportunity to network with other Science teachers, companies and stakeholders throughout the day.

Please register your place using the STEM Learning website.

Our Speakers

Louise Stubberfield

Louise Stubberfield

Louise Stubberfield began her career as a microbiologist, with six years’ in industrial research, before deciding on a career change that included twenty years’ experience in primary teaching as science subject lead, SEND specialist and school leader in a range of primary schools in South East England.

Championing the importance of an excellent primary science education, Louise has led Wellcome Trust ’s UK wide primary science work since 2013, including a randomised control trial testing the effectiveness of ongoing professional development for primary teachers who had not studied science beyond compulsory requirements. The current focus for Wellcome is a campaign for primary science throughout the UK. This includes Explorify , a totally free digitally based tool that draws on a wealth of research and is designed to support teachers to develop curiosity, critical thinking and reasoning skills essential for STEM subjects, and to enjoy teaching and learning science with their pupils.
Jo Richardson

Jo Richardson

Jo Richardson owns and runs the South West based company “Space Detectives” which aims to provide high quality space science education to a variety of organisations, including schools, at events and in community-based groups.

In addition to this, Jo is one of the 10 current UK Space Ambassadors working on behalf of the European Space Education Resource Office which is funded by both the UK and European Space Agencies. Within this role, Jo has spent several years overseeing projects such as Mission X, The Tim Peake Primary Project and the Exomars Programme for schools here in the South West.

She is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Jo lives at her home observatory in Somerset alongside her Internationally acclaimed Astrophotographer husband and her 2 teenage children.
Yolande Ifold

Yolande Ifold

Yolande is a very experienced Primary Science Consultant and National STEM Learning Lead Facilitator. She enjoys working across all the phases and inspiring teachers to enthuse and motivate children to regard science as an essential and exciting part of their lives.

During her workshop, Yolande will guide you through ways on how to teach a topic using an engaging hands-on (inexpensive) practical activity while making links:- to the National Curriculum; working scientifically; the 'big ideas in science'; real world contexts and related careers; literacy and other parts of the primary curriculum; science capital and useful and free resources.

Breakout Sessions

See below for further information on our two breakout sessions. 

Breakout Session 1

I bet you didn't know...

Breakout Session 1I bet you didn't know...
This session will consider the benefits of introducing scientists’ cutting-edge research projects to primary school children and how this can be done by non-specialist primary teachers. ‘I bet you didn’t know…’ articles, which are freely available to download from the Primary Science Teaching Trust website, have been used in classrooms by primary teachers. We will look at examples showing that this resource is enjoyable and accessible for everybody, all teachers and children, whatever the key stage.

Dr Alison Trew is a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT), Area Mentor in the South West and the Website Resources Developer for PSTT. She taught in primary schools in Devon for nine years. She has written articles for teacher journals and websites and is co-author of ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’. She continues to work with the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) team at Bath Spa University developing focused assessment tasks for primary science, and teaches on the Somerset SCITT PGCE and School Direct programmes.

Breakout Session 2


Breakout Session 2Explorify
Explorify is a totally free digital tool developed by the Wellcome Trust to support primary science teaching. In this workshop we will explore the range of curriculum linked activities on Explorify and learn how the activities can support assessment of primary science through questioning, discussion and explaining. Explorify is used by 68% of UK schools who value the high quality content, the support for teaching and the way that the activities encourage children to explore science in the world around them.

Please register for your free place using the STEM Learning website.