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5 reasons to try… CPD from the Science Museum Group

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Expert-led CPD provided by one of the country’s foremost custodians of scientific knowledge

The Science Museum Group Academy provides research-informed training and resources to primary and secondary teachers. Here, we explore how their courses support and empower teachers to develop their practice in and beyond the classroom.

1. Training from the world’s leading group of science museums

With over five million visitors to the museums each year, the learning vision of the Science Museum Group (SMG) is to enrich lives by igniting curiosity in science.

The SMG Academy builds upon this vision through its delivery of hands-on, practical courses informed by extensive audience and academic research.

If you come along to an in-person course at one of our museums (in either London, Manchester, York, Bradford or Shildon) you’ll also have the chance to experience the museum for yourself and explore the awe-inspiring collection as part of the course.

2. Free for UK educators

Thanks to funding from SMG Academy partners, all courses are free to attend for UK teachers.

In-person courses include refreshments as well as learning resources and materials that you’ll be able to take away with you. If you’re coming along to a full-day course, lunch will also be provided.

3. A space to create connections

SMG Academy courses provide the perfect setting for building connections with like-minded educators. The interactive nature of the courses encourages discussion between participants and provides teachers with opportunities to reflect on the academic year, share ideas, and offer support to one another.

Teachers who previously attended Academy courses have commented on how helpful it’s been to talk to other educators about their practice, with some forming group chats afterwards so that they could continue to stay in touch.

4. Online and in-person courses

The SMG Academy run both in-person and online courses, so that you can choose to attend a course at one of the dedicated training hubs in London, York, Bradford, Shildon (County Durham) and Manchester, or you can sign up to a shorter, online course to experience some of the best training the sector has to offer.

5. Free classroom resources

Included in the SMG’s offer for teachers are over 180 free learning resources specifically designed to support STEM learning both in and beyond the classroom.

From films and games to hands-on activities for completion in school or at home, the resources have been developed using insights gained from a wide range of past projects and activities carried out with a variety of different audiences.

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