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SCORE Annual Conference 2012

What makes an effective teacher in the sciences?

Monday 19 March 2012, 09:45 - 16:00

Royal Society

About the conference

The 2012 conference aimed to explore the characteristics of an effective teacher in the sciences with a view towards developing a greater understanding into how we can best attract, train and support these teachers throughout their professional career.

It offered delegates the opportunity to discuss some of the key themes and debates surrounding effective teaching in the sciences including:

• What does the term 'effective teacher in the sciences' mean and can it be captured?

• How do education systems measure effectiveness?

• Prior subject knowledge in the sciences; how important is it?

• How does current Government policy support effective teachers?


Becky Parker - Head of Physics at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury

Brian Cartwright HMI - National Adviser for Science, Ofsted

Andrew Hobson - Research Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Joanna McIntyre - Lecturer, School of Education, University of Nottingham

Dina Kuhlee - Department of Educational Science, Humboldt University, Berlin

Caro Garrett - Senior Teaching Fellow, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton

Nicky Souter - Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

John Carr - Director, Training & Qualifications for Teachers Directorate, Training and Development Agency for Schools

Andy Buck - Director, Teaching schools, National College of School Leadership

Rachel Wolf - Director, New Schools Network


Presentations and a report of the conference are available to download.