Science conference blasts off in Belfast

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  • The world’s first primary science education conference blasted off in Belfast, when more than 375 delegates from across the globe heard from a range of STEM professionals throughout the three-day event. Organised by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT), conference was designed to break down any boundaries that stand in the way of excellent primary science teaching.  

    Speaking at the event PSTT Director, Professor Dudley Shallcross said he hoped the conference would raise the profile of the teaching of primary science. He commented:
    “It’s no mistake we’re holding this event in Northern Ireland, there’s a phenomenal teaching base here. The teacher to teacher interaction is the whole purpose of a conference like this and our no boundaries, no barriers ethos is all creating transparency when it comes to research into what makes for good teaching practice. The biggest barrier facing the profession is an inability to access information but by bringing together academics, researchers and teachers at events such as this we can help find a way to break down any walls.”

    Belfast was also chosen as a location for the Conference to further recognise the 14 PSTT College Fellows who have received the Primary Science Teacher of the Year Award on account of their dedication in promoting STEM subjects in local schools.

    One of the Fellows present at the event, Lindsay Gibson, a teacher from Ballysally Primary School said she was looking forward to the opportunity to learn new ways to promote primary teaching within the curriculum. She said, 
    “There’s a very real danger of science being overshadowed by other subjects within the curriculum which is why it’s so important we keep the focus on it at primary school level in order to facilitate our children and create opportunities for the next generation of young scientists. Events like today are invaluable for not only promoting the subject but for giving practical ideas and inspiration on how to do things within your own teaching practice.”

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