SSERC Newsletter

March 2019

This newsletter will provide you with links to our Bulletins and upcoming Professional Learning events. If you need to contact us about curricular or health and safety matters please email or visit our website
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New Radioactivity Legislation
In our last Bulletin (265) we asked that any schools holding a radioactive source with an activity greater than 200 kBq (e.g. the caesium-137 370 kBq source) should tell us so that we can notify SEPA. Thanks to those schools who responded. If you have such a source and have not already informed us, please do so immediately via

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards

The ENTHUSECelebration Awards 2019 are now receiving applications. We urge you to apply.
If you have undertaken Professional Learning through SSERC, National STEM Learning Centre in York, or online we want to celebrate your commitment and the impact it has had on you, your students and your school or college.


The award categories are:

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM Learning – Primary

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM Learning – Secondary

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM Learning – Post 16

ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM Learning – Technicians and support staff

ENTHUSE Award for School and College Leadership in STEM

ENTHUSE Partnership of the Year

BP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developing Science Capital and Social Mobility

SSERC will be hosting a Scottish Regional event on 14 May at the Engine Shed in Stirling. This will include the presenting of award winners and sharing on some aspects of wider STEM Engagement. Please apply either directly or nominate someone you feel worthy of being considered.

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Applications for the 2019 awards are currently open and will close on 1 April 2019.

For more info. and application form click here.

Royal Society’s Partnership Grants

Teachers, of students age 5 to 18, could receive up to £3,000 to run an investigative STEM project in the classroom through the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme. Projects are run in partnership with a STEM professional and the next round of funding opens on February 1st. To find out more, including information about how to develop the STEM partnership and the application process, please visit the Royal Society’s website or contact the Education Outreach team

Course Name




27-28 May 2019


Primary Summer School

4-5 Jul 2019


Computing Science: Enriching Opportunities across the BGE Curriculum Early and 1st Level

 28 March 2019

Primary (Computing)

Computing Science: Laying the Foundations of Computer Science (Early and First Level)

26 Mar 2019

Primary (Computing)

Computing Science: Designing, Building and Testing Computing Solutions Using Block Based Coding

19 Mar 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Greenscreen with ipads

4 April 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Fostering Creativity with ipad

23 April 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Everyone Can Create Video on ipad

1 May 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Reaching all Learners using Digital Tools

14 May 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Everyone Can Create Photo on ipad

15 May 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

Supporting Learning using Rich Media

28 May 2019

Primary/Secondary (Computing)

RSoB Annual Teachers Meeting

30 May 2019

Secondary (Biology)

Biology Summer School

25-27 Jun 2019

Secondary (Biology)

Science for Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Faculty

19-20 Jun & 17-18 Dec 2019

Secondary (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)

Chemistry Summer School

16-17 May 2019

Secondary (Chemistry)

Computing Science: Enriching Opportunities across the BGE Curriculum 3rd & 4th Level

10 Apr 2019

Secondary (Computing)

Discovering Micro: Bits across the BGE

30 Apr 2019

Secondary (Computing)

Physics Teachers Summer School

29 May-1 Jun 2019

Secondary (Physics)

Safe Use of Fixed Workshop Machinery

3-4 Apr 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Welding Skills

9-10 May 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Safe Use of Other Workshop Machinery

13-14 May 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Welding Skills

23-24 May 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Safe Use of Fixed Workshop Machinery

5-6 Jun 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Fabrication skills

10-11 Jun 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Safe Use of Fixed Workshop Machinery (Refresher)

14 Jun 2019

Secondary (Technician &Technology)

Introductory Chemistry

3-4 Apr 2019

Secondary (Technician)

Safety in Microbiology for Schools

1-3 May 2019

Secondary (Technician)

Introductory Physics

22-23 May 2019

Secondary (Technician)

Chemical Handling

12-13 Jun 2019

Secondary (Technician)

Education Scotland have great e-Bulletins including the STEM eBulletin for all sorts of subject areas.
sign up here

The SALTERS’ National Awards for Science Technicians 2019

Let's raise the awareness of Scottish Technicians.

The aim of these Awards is to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technician teams. Don’t worry if you’re the sole technician in a school or college – you’re still eligible!

We hope that the Awards will continue to heighten the awareness of the importance of Science Technicians to education in this country.


Applications open on Monday February 25th, 2019, so get applying. If you require any further information, please contact  
or at Salters here.

SSERC's first Foundation Apprentice!

Erin Loizidou is currently a Foundation Apprentice at Fife College. She has been on placement with us here at SSERC for the past few months and has been involved in many activities across all departments. She has helped to prepare for courses, been involved in their delivery and has been a delegate on the “Safety in Microbiology for Schools” course as well as the "Hot and Cold Metal Forming" course.

Erin is a 6th year pupil at St Columba’s High and will be leaving school this year to start her career in Science.  She is currently applying to study Biochemistry at university and hopes for a place at St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee or Edinburgh.

We wish her all the best with her future plans.

It’s been a pleasure to have Erin working with us.

Good Luck Erin!

The international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC), delivered by PSTT, will offer three days of outstanding career professional development for all primary science educators 6-8th June 2019. Held at the EICC, with a prestigious awards dinner at Dynamic Earth on the opening night, this CPD event will offer the chance to network with up to 500 delegates a day, from across the UK and internationally.
Find out more here:

Dates: 6-8th June 2019

Remember SSERC is a GTCS Professional Learning Awarded organisation.
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