Improving Engagement with Good Practical Science

16 July 2018 12:30-17:30, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nottingham Education Improvement Board, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Gatsby Foundation have come together to support schools in utilising the Gatsby "Good Practical Science" report for improving engagement and therefore attainment in Science.

Outcomes for Schools:
  1. Understanding of Gatsby’s international research project; Good Practical Science. Introduction to the 10 benchmarks that define good practical science and how they can help schools when planning their own approach to delivering practical science.
  2. Practical Science “Health Check” against the benchmarks for attending schools based upon an online survey completed prior to event (average time for completion: 12 minutes).
  3. Individual school action plan for practical science provision based on implementable outcomes from the Good Practical Science report and result of Practical Science “Health Check”.
Key Speakers/Panel Members:
  • Professor Sir John Holman: Author: "Good Practical Science" (Gatsby Report), Senior Advisor in Education at the Welcome Trust and Gatsby Foundation, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • John Dexter: Education Director, Nottingham City Council
  • Pye Tait Consulting: Independent, specialist research agency and data collection agency used in authorship of Good Practical Science Report.
  • David Mangan: Science Learning Partnership Lead for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire

12:30 – 13:00: Registration & Coffee

13:00 – 13:10: Welcome - Lord Mayor of Nottingham/Sherriff of Nottingham (tbc), John Dexter​

13:10 – 13:50: Keynote: Good Practical Science - Professor Sir John Holman
  • Overview of the Good Practical Science Benchmarks
  • Why schools should act upon this report
13:50 - 14:05: Practical Science Health Check - Pye Tait
  • Feedback on practical science health check for attending schools
14:05 – 14:50: Practical Science Action Planning - Gatsby Foundation /Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Guided workshop to support schools in acting upon the Good Practical Science Benchmarks in light of individual health check
14:50 – 15:20: Break & Coffee

15:20 – 15:40: Discussion Panel - John Holman, John Dexter, Pye Tait, David Mangan
  • Opportunity to ask direct questions related to findings from, and implementation of the Good Practical Science Benchmarks
15:40 – 16:10: Practical Science Action Planning (continuation) - Gatsby Foundation /Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Opportunity to continue action planning in light of discussion panel learnings
16:10 – 16:30: Practical Science Review Tool Proposal - Pye Tait
  • Proposal of a Practical Science Health Check tool
  • Collection of thoughts from schools on usefulness/ requirements of Practical Science Health Check tool
16:30 – 16:45: Plenary & Next Steps - John Dexter

16:45 – 17:00: Closing Statements - Professor Sir John Holman

17:00 – 17:30: Networking Opportunity (refreshments provided)
Council House

Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT, United Kingdom

Organised by
Nadia Hussain. Science Strand Lead, Nottingham Education Improvement Board
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