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Science for Early Career Teachers - Misconceptions and Cognitive Load: Forces

Event code SCH 21/759 
Event description Session 1: Misconceptions & Cognitive Load. Topic: Forces

This is session one of a series of six sessions. The six sessions can be treated as a whole course (see course code SCH21/758) or can be attended individually.

In each of these six sessions we will explore the pedagogy of science teaching, illustrated by a particular topic. The topics chosen lie within the KS3 & 4 physics curriculum, to support subject knowledge and confidence in teaching this, the least common specialism. Each session will focus on likely student misconceptions, sharing lots of tips and resources, thus building a toolkit of techniques to help the early-career teacher develop their craft.

The six sessions build and relate to each other and so those who want to attend all sessions will find common themes running throughout. Equally, people will find the sessions can stand alone, giving them time to consider their own practices and explore the practices of others.

Session 1: Misconceptions & Cognitive Load. Topic: Forces
21st September 2021, 16:00-17:30

Session 2: Practicals and Demonstrations. Topic: Electromagnetism
23rd November 2021, 16:00-17:30

Session 3: Modelling & Explanations. Topic: Circuits
18th January 2022, 16:00-17:30

Session 4: Numeracy in Science. Topic: Thermal Energy
15th March 2022, 16:00-17:30

Session 5: Literacy in Science. Topic: Wave Properties
10th May 2022, 16:00-17:30

Session 6: Getting Support from your Department and Beyond. Topic: Radioactivity
5th July 2022, 16:00-17:30

This session will run as an interactive Zoom session. Delegates will be sent the link no later than 24 hours before the start date. Please ensure you are able to access Zoom at least 1 hour prior to the session. Please note that these are not recorded and therefore not available to watch at a later date and delegates need to attend as a live session.

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Training objectives 1) To understand science-specific pedagogical approaches.
2) To explore key misconceptions from a range of topics at KS3 and KS4 in science, within physics.
3) To provide opportunities to share resources and build a toolkit to develop your teaching.
Key stages
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Subject areas Curriculum Subjects / Early Career Teachers / Science
Target audience
All Teaching Staff
target audience
Qualification level
Zoom course, use own computer, XXX XXX map
Training Provider The Education People - S&SI Secondary, Special, PRUs, Skills and Employability
Admin contact Joanne Hawker (
Christina Astin
Part of SLA? No
Kent LA cost
Other LA/Academy cost
Independent/PVI cost
Number of credits 4
Funding information The cost of this course is £40 .
20% VAT will be added at the point of invoice.

Start date Tuesday 21 September 2021
Times 16:00-17:30
Number of sessions 1