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ERIC Number: EJ912564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Forging Partnerships to Improve Teaching: A Science Specialist School Shows a Way Forward
Hingley, Phil; Jarvis, Tina
Education in Science, n231 p22-23 Feb 2009
In September 2005, Beaumont Leys Secondary School gained Specialist Science status. As part of this new role the secondary school decided to support its ten feeder primary schools, which were close enough geographically to allow both daytime and twilight activities. Having gathered information about their in-service needs, Beaumont Leys offered a wide-ranging package, which included: (1) Customised in-service; (2) An equipment loan service with technical support and individualised support for primary teachers in their schools; and (3) An after-school science club. Beaumont Leys predicted that the package would have a positive impact on the school's intake. Certainly improvements were made, but there were limitations. As the third year comes to a close, four schools now participate fully. They use all of Beaumont Leys' services and all report real benefits for staff, pupils or both: more confidence, positive changes in cognition and better motivation. The primary teachers in this core group have also become increasingly proactive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)