Due to Covid-19, the CIEC team are currently home-working, and supporting teachers and pupils remotely and via provision of online activities and blogs.

We will update this page when we are able to offer face-to-face events once again.


From September 2020: There are a small number of places left for both North-East and East of England schools to book a place on our flagship programme, Children Challenging Industry. Through CCI we are continuing to provide a range of stimulating science activities set in industrial contexts designed to enhance children's understanding of science and industry.
For further details of both blended and fully remote options available please contact:

nicola.waller@york.ac.uk for North-East enquiries

clare.docking@york.ac.uk for East of England enquiries (Herts/Cambs and surrounding areas)


From 14th September 2020: Jane Winter will be working as a mentor on the FutureLearn Managing Behaviour for Learning course. This free 5 week online course has been developed by the National STEM centre and offers support to both primary and secondary teachers. It is flexible and takes up to 3 hours a week over a five week period starting at any time until the end of October.


From 14th September 2020: Jane Winter will be working as a mentor on the FutureLearn Introducing Assessment for Learning course. This free 3 week online course has been developed by the National STEM centre and offers support to both primary and secondary teachers. It is flexible and takes up to 3 hours a week over a three week period starting at any time until the 16th October.


From 5th October 2020: Jane Winter will be working as a mentor on the FutureLearn Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment. This free 5 week online course has been developed by the National STEM centre and offers support to both primary and secondary teachers. It is flexible and takes up to 3 hours a week over a three week period starting at any time until the 20th November.


From 2nd November 2020: Jane Winter will be working as a mentor on the FutureLearn Differentiation for Learning. This free 3 week online course has been developed by the National STEM centre and offers support to both primary and secondary teachers. It is flexible and takes up to 3 hours a week over a three week period starting at any time until the 6th December.


2nd - 3rd November 2020: Jane Winter will be leading the two-day course, Essential science for the primary leader (NY068) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. This course is packed full of practical science designed to equip science subject leaders and teachers with the essential skills to develop an engaging curriculum. You will explore the latest developments in primary science and identify a range of exciting investigations that will engage and motivate pupils. You will be able to explore ways to support colleagues develop their science teaching and improve pupils progress in science. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think about how best to plan for change in your school to ensure that staff are supported effectively to bring about change. This course is fully funded by a bursary for all state primary schools.


16 and 17 November 2020: Nicky Waller will be co-hosting the two day course, 'Leading assessment, moderation and tracking in primary science' (NY032) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. The course provides primary subject leaders and teachers the opportunity to explore best practice in primary science assessment. For more details and to book a bursary supported place, go to https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/search?cpd_query=ny032&location_op=25&location=


22 - 23 November 2020 and 7-8 June 2021: Nicky Waller will be leading the four-day course, 'Help! How Do I Lead Primary Science?' (NY037) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Over the 4 days you will build your confidence and develop the expertise to support your colleagues to deliver effect and engaging science for your children. For more details and to book a bursary supported place, go to https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/476892/help-how-do-i-lead-primary-science


From January 2021: We are launching our flagship programme, Children Challenging Industry, in the Humber in January 2021. Work is underway with our industry partners, Croda, px and Air Products, to provide a range of stimulating science activities set in industrial contexts designed to enhance children's understanding of science and industry. For further details of our virtual site visits and remote delivery lessons, please contact mackayla.millar@york.ac.uk


9th Janurary 2021: Jane Winter will be delivering a session at this year’s online ASE conference from 11:30-12:30 on Developing young children’s science capital. During the we session will consider what science capital teaching looks like in EYFS and why it’s important to start developing young children's attitudes and aspirations. We will consider how to exploit opportunities in the community, how to work with families and about appropriate and manageable science investigations and role play activities.


19 - 20th Janurary and 20-21st April 2021: Jane Winter will be leading the four-day course, Developing and Leading Excellence in EYFS science (NY012) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Over the 4 days this highly practical course will help you identify and demonstrate good teaching and learning practices in science for children in Early Years. You will acquire a range of strategies to develop children’s experiences to extended scientific enquiry. This course is fully funded by a bursary for all state primary schools.


28 - 29th Janurary 2021: Jane Winter will be leading the two-day course, Developing and Leading Excellence in Key stage 1 science (NY055) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Over the 2 days you will You will explore ways of bringing the KS1 curriculum to life through practical lessons. You will also consider how to plan a successful KS1 curriculum, develop confidence in your science knowledge, and learn how to get those outstanding results, whilst meeting the needs of each pupil and your school. This course is fully funded by a bursary for all state primary schools.


2 - 3rd February 2021:Jane Winter will be leading the two-day course Mathematics in the Early Years (MY008) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. Over the 2 days you will You will explore how children learn within mathematics and develop mastery in number. This highly practical activity will look at developing mathematics within the context of play and real life experiences. It will centre on developing mathematics focused continuous provision, child-led and adult-led activities, and build on your appreciation of how children develop early mathematics understanding. This course is fully funded by a bursary for all state primary schools.


8 - 9 March 2020 and 14-15 June 2021: Nicky Waller will be leading the four-day course, 'Leading the Thinking, Doing, Talking Approach to Primary Science?' (NY001) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. This course is based upon the highly successful project from Oxford which works on the premise that science lessons which are most successful at engaging and motivating pupils and raising their attainment feature more practical activity, deeper thinking, more discussion, less (but more focused) writing and more questioning. For more details and to book a bursary supported place, go to https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/478515/leading-thinking-doing-talking-approach-primary-science


24 and 25 May 2021: Nicky Waller will be co-hosting the second instance of this two day course, 'Leading assessment, moderation and tracking in primary science' (NY032) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. The course provides primary subject leaders and teachers the opportunity to explore best practice in primary science assessment. For more details and to book a bursary supported place, go to https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/ondemand/448634/leading-assessment-moderation-and-tracking-primary-science