VNET is delighted to offer Science Subject Leaders, both those who have been members of our Science Professional Community this year and those who are NEW, the opportunity to work together in 2019-20. Six sessions will be scheduled across the academic year and facilitated and supported by David Beake, Science SLE.

Regardless of your starting point, your school is welcome to be part of this group – you may already have excellent provision or feel your science curriculum has gone ‘off the boil’.

The Purpose of the Group

The focus will be on curriculum coverage and moderation of science.  The sessions will alternate between the base venue and in school. We will arrange opportunities for the group to visit one another’s schools (in small groups) to look at and discuss science; develop moderation of science across different year groups; share the best practice and aim to produce a framework of core science knowledge and skills that the group decides is essential for children to be able to know/do/explain by the end of each year group.  Colleagues will be able to feed back on their work in school and develop areas of the science curriculum together. There will be a showcase of the work of the Community in the final session.

There will be opportunities to look at skills updates for leaders and colleagues in school and to see and share resources suggested by group members.

The contents of the sessions will be driven by the participants; if particular expertise is needed, we will do our best to source it for you.


  • Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Wednesday 22 January 2019 VENUE IN SCHOOL TBC!
  • Monday 2 March 2019
  • Thursday 7 May 2019 VENUE IN SCHOOL TBC!
  • Tuesday 30th June 2019

1.30-4pm, coffee/tea from 1pm


The group will meet in rooms G01/02 at Centrum unless we are meeting in a school – please check!
Norwich Research Park

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 The VNET Science Professional Community  is sponsored by

From the soil to our health; Norwich Research Park’s vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research and delivering regional growth.

Norwich Research Park is home to a wealth of world class research. Its 3,000 scientists and clinicians work in some of the areas of greatest importance to society today, food and health. The unique mix that blends a major university teaching hospital with a leading university and internationally important Research Institutes provides an unbroken chain, each part aiding the progression of another, where our people are gaining new knowledge of soil, plants, therapeutics and diagnostics, food, nutrition, health and healthy ageing, all underpinned by world leading genomics.

Science Engagement Manager Dr Kirsty Culley –