Confidence in teaching primary school science is a long standing challenge. The 2007 Scottish Survey of Achievement suggested that although around 90% of primary teachers were confident in teaching biology, only 60% felt confident about chemistry and just over half felt confident about teaching physics. The experience for their pupils consequently tends to be a learning environment that is unstimulating, textbook driven and abstract. Our ‘mindset in primary science’ professional learning programme sets out to change these issues, helping teachers develop a growth mindset approach to teaching science.
Developed in partnership with Education Scotland, the University of Stirling and the Forth Valley and West Lothian RIC, our mindset in primary science is currently being piloted across Scotland. As well as helping teaching professionals deeply understand growth mindset and how it applies in primary science, the programme offers tutor-supported delivery and evaluation of a school-based project. If you’d like to learn more about our mindset in primary science programme, contact us or read on to get more details.