CPD Sessions

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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

Teacher and Technician Physics CPD

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Thursday, 12th June 2014

Rugby School, Warwickshire 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Teachers and their technicians are invited to attend this intensive afternoon CPD session. You will spend the afternoon together being introduced to a range of hands-on teaching ideas, demonstrations and activities to allow you to bring Physics and Space Science alive in your classroom. Spending time together as teacher and technician is a fundamental principal to this course. You will both leave full of ideas and resources to implement immediately in your classroom.  

 

 

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RCUK: Astrophysics - Gaia

GAIA Cam01 2 newslistWednesday, 25th June 2014

National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

The ESA Gaia mission, launched at the end of 2013, has delivered the Gaia space telescope to the second lagrange point, from where it will conduct the most in-depth survey of our galaxy ever made. Gaia will rotate, taking in light from distant stars in the Milky Way, and providing data that we can use to learn more about the age, composition, movement. distances, and life stages of these stars. Gaia will also provide alerts for Earth-bound astronomers when it observes "transient objects" moving against the background of the galaxy so that they too can study these objects. This CPD session will feature an update on the mission itself and the engineering and science behind it, as well as focusing on topics in Key Stage 4 and 5 physics that can be explored through Gaia's science.


 

Image copyright: ESA, C.Carreau - Gaia.

Practical Work in Physics

Friday, 4th July 2014

The National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

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

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RCUK: Astrochemistry - Rosetta

Rosetta orbiting Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko mediumTuesday, 17th June 2014

National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

The Rosetta spacecraft, launched in 2004, is currently racing to catch up with comet Churymov-Gerasimenko. As well as orbiting the comet and studying it the spacecraft will launch a craft which will take the unprecedented step of landing on a comet. The mission should return exciting data about the comet, not least an analysis of the comet's water content - with a view to answering the question of whether or not the water on Earth has an extra-terrestrial origin. This CPD session will explore a number of curriculum topics relating to the science of Rosetta, with a particular focus on chemistry at Key Stage 4 and 5.


 

Image copyright: ESA, AOES Medialab - Rosetta orbiting comet 67P/Churymov - Gerasimenko.

Practical Work in Chemistry

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Friday, 20th June 2014

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.

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Mathematics for KS4

masterclassFriday, 27th June 2014

National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

This CPD session shows teachers how to use the challenges of space exploration and astronomy to engage and support students of KS4 Mathematics.

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Astronomy CPD for GCSE

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Friday, 11th July 2014

The National Space Centre, Leicester 9.30am - 3.30pm

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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