Science INSET : Challenging the most able pupils in Science

“Impactful , positive & inspiring – highly recommended “

Jenny Carruthers HOD , Cleeve School

Mixing chemicals, testing circuits and experimenting with all manner of creepy-crawlies are just some of the joys to be had in science practical lessons. They are the kind of exhilarating experiences that can brighten a school day… and perhaps instil a lifelong love of science for our most able pupils.

What are the benefits of this Science INSET for your school?

Meet requirements from Ofsted’s report:
• Ensure most able pupils make rapid & sustained progress in Science
• Develop a challenging Science curriculum
• Challenge your able pupils and promote high expectations for all

“The most able students were not achieving their potential in over 40% of the schools visited for the survey”
Ofsted Report: ‘The Most Able Students’

This course can be adapted for delivery as both a Primary and Secondary INSET.


Deliver Level 1 Ofsted best practice for the most able students

• Meet the new Ofsted framework’s goal of high-quality teaching and learning
• Ensure high expectations for all
• Reduce the risk of underachievement

Assessment provision for the most able pupils

• Identify the most able pupils in Science and benchmark your current provision
• Effective use of assessment to inform your planning
• Practical approaches to effective differentiation & personalisation
• Challenge and extend the most able in mixed ability groups
• Effective extension and enrichment
• Include planning strategies to set open expectations

How to develop Higher Order Thinking skills (HOTS), Independence and Resilience

• Enhancing Scientific Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)
• Strategies to promote independent learning in Science
• Questioning strategies to stretch and challenge learners
• Extending discussion and debate in the Science classroom
• Setting homework that promotes thinking

Effective strategies and practical activities to transform your classroom

• Transform your lessons to embrace active learning approaches
• Mindsets to promote enrichment
• Make your pupils work harder than you do!
• Resources and websites for immediate use
• Using social media
• BYOD and iPads to extend the most able

“The most stimulating and engaging teaching and the best learning occur when science is brought to life and pupils are given the chance to conduct, record and evaluate their own investigations”.

Ofsted Report on Science Teaching