London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


Enhanced training programmes for science teachers: the impact of SEPAK in schools

Funded by:

Gatsby Technical Education Projects


June 2004 - May 2005

The Science Enhancement Programme at King's College (SEPAK) aimed to provide more opportunities for training and development than the standard PGCE, and the intention was that the course would result in teachers who would be better informed by research and current thinking than is normally the case. In particular, it aimed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the physical sciences, and to enable students to develop confidence in teaching outside their main subject specialism.

This project was an investigation of the impact of the enhanced training in the schools where those who had undergone this course were teaching. It involved drawing comparisons between those who had undergone the SEPAK training and those who had not, in relation to:

  • their confidence in teaching beyond their subject specialism in science
  • their contribution in implementing new ideas and methods in the teaching of science in their schools
  • their view of science education.

Interviews were conducted with a sample of science teachers who completed the Kings' PGCE Science in 2003 and 2004, and with their Heads of Department.


Project team:

Merryn Hutchings
Sarah Smart


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