is part of a consortium of Yorkshire universities
appointed to run a pioneering £50m government-charity
initiative to invigorate science teaching
across the UK.
The initiative will establish a network of
science learning centres jointly funded
by the DfES and the Wellcome Trust
to revitalise science in the classroom by
transforming the quality of training and support
available to the tens of thousands of science
teachers in primary and secondary schools
and FE colleges.
The White Rose university consortium of Leeds,
Sheffield and York, with Sheffield Hallam,
has been appointed to run the networks
flagship National Science Learning Centre,
to be based at York. The consortium will also
run the regional centre for Yorkshire and
the Humber, based at Sheffield Hallam.
The Centre will set up an innovative professional
development programme for science teachers,
with courses delivered by scientists from
the consortium universities at the forefront
of their disciplines, boosting teachers
knowledge of cutting edge science and technology
and their related societal and ethical issues.
The quality of science education depends
crucially on the supply and professional expertise
of science teachers. They hold the key to
motivating students towards high achievement,
said Professor John Holman from the University
of York, who led the White Rose bid.
Leading the project at Leeds is professor
of science education, John Leach. He said:
Science has moved so fast that many
things now on the national curriculum weren't
part of current science teachers original
We'll be working with our world-class
researchers in science and engineering to
ensure teachers are kept up to date with the
latest developments in areas such as genetics,
molecular biology, physics and nanotechnology,
all of which already are, or soon will be,
on the sixth form curriculum.
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