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Great Science Share for Schools

Published: 28 June 2021

The Great Science Share for Schools took place earlier this month; an incredible 211,898 young people were involved in this fantastic celebration of science, with 1,384 schools registered for the event. The event is now in its sixth year and keeps on growing. Participant numbers were up by 43% this year and schools by 50%.

This year, the Trust helped to support a new network of GSSfS Regional Champions – which comprised 13 fully-trained primary science experts who offered tailored support to their local and regional schools. The Regional Champions were able to promote and support the 2021 campaign and offer encouragement and inspiration to teachers. They created and delivered CPD, webcasts, webinars, podcasts and one-to-one support sessions which amounted to 874 engagements and over 13,838 hours of content being accessed by teachers over the course of the campaign.

“We were really pleased to support this new network of Regional Champions for the Great Science Share,” says Wendy Cox, Head of Education for The Ogden Trust. “We believe that this type of local support can really help to increase teacher’s confidence in science, and it has been amazing to see the growing numbers of schools and children involved in this fantastic campaign. The Great Science Share is helping to build collaborative teaching communities that can bring about improvement in science education and engagement. It has been amazing to see all the science questions and investigations that have been shared this year!”

After taking part, I now feel more confident to have children create their own questions and investigations when delivering science topics.

We have really enjoyed bringing science to the forefront of our teaching this past half term in a freer way. Children have enjoyed being able to choose their learning and follow their interests. We have all enjoyed seeing each other’s experiments and ideas.

Visit the Great Science Share website to explore the resources from 2021 or to sign up for news on the 2022 campaign.

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