Coordinating Science Across the Primary School (Subject by Lynn D Newton

By Lynn D Newton

First released in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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It is important that the class is prepared for work with a helper, which means letting the children know what is required of them. It also helps to organise a review discussion, perhaps over a cup of coffee at lunchtime, to talk about how things are getting along and what other things are possible. 46 WORKING WITH OTHERS Suggestion As the science coordinator, you may also need to work with parents and governors. Often, they will not have an extensive A programme for the evening might take knowledge of science.

If you are new to the role or new to the school, the headteacher may have different expectations of you to what she or he would expect of an established member of staff or someone who has been a science coordinator before. Consequently, you need to identify where you are in this scheme of things. There are essentially four stages to your role: ᭿ Preparation ᭿ Getting Started: the new coordinator ᭿ Keeping Going: as you gain experience ᭿ Moving On: developing yourself and moving the school on. 1 summarises what might be expected of you at each of these stages.

As well as those organised by local education authorities, check the mail from local universities and colleges to see what courses are on offer there, whether day-time or evening, and discuss with your headteacher who on the staff might benefit from attending, including yourself. Associations like the ASE also hold half-day and longer regional conferences two or three times a year to inform and update teachers generally and science coordinators in particular. The school should be on the mailing list for free sources of information, such as those produced by industrial bodies like Shell and BP.

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