CPD Sessions

Showcase Event
SpaceConference24Wednesday, 11th February 2015
National Space Centre, Leicester, 4.30pm - 6.30pm

The National Space Academy's programmes have all been developed by a network of scientists working with current outstanding science teachers seconded to the Academy ("Lead Educators") to ensure maximum relevance to the curriculum and individual schools' needs. 

This showcase event will highlight how the programme works and includes a FREE CPD session delivered by Sophie Allan (National Space Academy Lead Physics Teacher) at he National Space Centre, Leicester. Local schools and colleges, local authorities education business partnerships and other interested parties are all welcome.

If you would like to book a place on the FREE event or for more information, please contact the National Space Academy Administration Team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 01162 582147.


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The National Space Academy's intensive CPD events are delivered at the National Space Centre in Leicester, the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, and schools across the country by a network of outstanding Lead Educators, sharing a large range of inspiring, curriculum-focused hands-on activities, teaching ideas, and access to electronic resources that can be  immediately implemented in the classroom.

Bespoke CPD Sessions
If your school, academy, or trust has specific training requirements the National Space Academy is able to tailor CPD support to suit you. Bespoke sessions can be delivered on-site at the institutions which request them, or at one of our partner sites.  For further details please contact us.

 Search CPD courses by subject below or look at our key dates

Space as a context for the Physics curriculum

SpaceConference20Friday, 13th March 2015

Exeter School, Exeter, 9.30am - 3.30pm

The National Space Academy supports teaching and learning in the sciences and maths in order to encourage young people to engage with STEM subjects and to consider careers in the space sector. This session, supported by the Ogden Trust, will give teachers the opportunity to explore new ways of approaching topics such as forces and motion, gravity, electromagnetic radiation, environment, phase of matter, and much more.

Read more: Space as a context for the Physics curriculum

Twilight Rosetta Mission CPD

4November 2014 - March 2015

Various locations

Our twilight CPD sessions are designed to make our training more accessible to teachers constrained by time, and thanks to STFC funding for Rosetta Education and Outreach we are able to offer places on these courses free of charge

Read more: Twilight Rosetta Mission CPD

Rosetta Mission CPD

Rosetta orbiting Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko mediumWednesday 11th March 2015

National Space Centre, Leicester, 9.00am - 3.30pm

The Open University and the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have called upon the expertise of the National Space Academy to share the science of the Rosetta mission with teachers across the UK. 

Read more: Rosetta Mission CPD

Non-Specialist Physics CPD

2Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

National Space Centre, Leicester

"Space" and the physics curriculum – it's so much more than just the orbits of the planets or the ultimate fate of the Universe. Contexts from space science can be successfully used for teaching topics as diverse as gravity, phases of matter and even the physics behind the motor effect.

Read more: Non-Specialist Physics CPD

Using Space to teach GCSE Physics

thermalfootprintsThe National Space Centre, Leicester - Various Dates

Series of six twilight sessions, 4.00pm - 6.30pm

This series of six twilight sessions has been designed in response to teachers who wish to explore even more 'space related' strategies for teaching GCSE Physics. Each session will focus on different areas of the Physics currciulum. Teachers can attend either single days as standalone CPD sessions or attend all six as part of a complementary CPD suite for a thorough immersion into Space Physics in the classroom. 

Read more: Using Space to teach GCSE Physics

Chemistry CPD

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Wednesday 22nd April 2015

The National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

This session will enable teachers of chemistry to explore a range of ideas for teaching topics across the chemistry curriculum and develop an understanding of how practical work can be made more relevant and effective using the inspirational context of Martian exploration. There will be hands-on opportunities to explore interesting and creative approaches to new and familiar practical techniques using a range of resources, publications and ICT applications.

Read more: Chemistry CPD

Astronomy CPD for GCSE

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March 2015 - June 2015

Various Dates and Locations

This full-day, intensive CPD session will introduce you to a range of hands-on teaching ideas, demonstrations and activities to allow you to bring the topic of Astronomy alive in your classroom. Whether you are teaching the space topic in GCSE science, the evolution of the Universe to your KS5 Physicists or teaching GCSE Astronomy, this course is packed full of ideas and resources to implement immediately in your classroom.  From concepts of gravity to using multi-spectral analysis to find out more about our universe than we could ever have hoped to know, these approaches can enrich many topics of  your general science teaching.

Read more: Astronomy CPD for GCSE

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