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This course is an open Continuing Professional Development course. In order to book, please follow the booking link, or if not available, fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will be in touch with you shortly.  

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Course Information

Mode of Study
Short Course

Northumbria University, Think Lab

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3 hours

Engineering and Manufacturing

Cost: £150 (plus VAT) per attendee. Sessions are available free of charge for our partner schools

Drawing upon expertise from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, this course is delivered by a primary science outreach specialist with primary teaching experience.

Our team has a wealth of experience in science communication and formal education and comprises of public engagement, industry and education specialists.


You will have access to industry standard facilities in our dedicated NU STEM lab space.  Our well-resourced, interactive learning zone has full WiFi access and cutting-edge teaching equipment.


Teaching will be lab-based and delivered through group work, activities and discussion. You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss opportunities for increasing parental engagement with your school.

A certificate of completion can be provided for participants.


This content of this course is informed by research into factors that influence young people’s career choices and delivered by an education specialist with a research interest in under-represented groups in STEM careers. This will give you the opportunity to explore the influences that shape young people’s career choices and consider how to make your school a welcoming environment.


You will enhance your CV as well as gaining a better understanding of how to effectively engage parents and ensure your pupils are better supported at home.

Developing practical ideas for parental engagement can help you develop a vital partner in a young persons’ learning and achieve better outcomes for your pupils. 

Are some parents hard to reach, or is that we could improve the tools and techniques we use to reach them? In this session you will explore the NUSTEM approach to parental engagement, and the methods we use to extend science education beyond the classroom. You will discuss ways to foster a more open culture within your school and break down barriers, particularly for harder to reach families. We will work together to identify school approaches to parental engagement, and consider your communications and activities with parents. Together we identify target groups for parental engagements, possible barriers to successful engagement, and appropriate tools and strategies. At the end of the session you will have a plan for developing future, successful engagements in your school. 

Science Leaders, Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders

Cost: £150 (plus VAT) per attendee.

Sessions are available free of charge for our partner schools

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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