"This has been thoroughly inspirational", "Brilliant", "Loved it", "The lectures from the experts were thought-provoking and well delivered". (2014 participants' feedback)
Sunday 25th June - Wednesday 28th June 2017
This course gives a select group of post-16 biology teachers the opportunity to join a plant science summer school hosted by some of the leading lights in biology, ecology and plant science.
The programme aligns with the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School for biology undergraduates, and shares some of its inspiring practical workshops, contemporary plant science research updates, and discussions on the importance and relevance of plant science.
Events will include practicals on:
- Plant disease techniques
- Developmental genetics
- Plant ID in the field
- Modern microscopy techniques
Lectures for 2017 include the below:
- How microbes cause plant disease and how plants fight back, Prof Jonathan Jones, The Sainsbury Laboratory
- Epigenetic sensing and remembering of winter in plants, Prof Dame Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre
- Transforming crop yields with sugar, Prof Matthew Paul, Rothamsted Research
- Autography: the life and death of a plant cell, Prof Diane Bassham, Iowa State University
Highlights from previous years' speakers can be seen on our 5 minute YouTube taster videos.
Accommodation and bursaries
This residential summer school takes place at the end of the summer term, near York. You’ll stay in accommodation close to the summer school venue. A generous ENTHUSE Award is available to eligible schools to cover costs and to support the implementation of your professional development.
Developing new teaching resources
Inspired by the sessions, you will be supported - during the summer school and afterwards - in producing new teaching and learning resources relevant to current post-16 biology specifications. In time, these will be disseminated via the SAPS website, the ASE annual conference, and the network of Science Learning Centres. The aim is to engage other teachers and students, in line with the mission of the summer school to inspire and motivate future plant scientists. Gatsby, SAPS and STEM Learning Centre value excellent teaching about plants in schools and colleges: this summer school is one way to support and encourage enthusiastic teachers.
You’ll have access to the facilities at the National STEM Learning Centre and the National STEM Resource Centre. In return, you will be expected to implement an action plan for developing teaching and learning resources inspired by the summer school, to be drafted by the following November. To help with this, the course includes an online component to extend and embed your CPD, providing you with support when back at school or college, and enabling you to collaborate with others, sharing experiences and resources. You will receive support to enable you to complete your action plan or gap task and you will also be able to access the STEM Learning Centres’ online learning community after this period. The online component is an integral part of the course and has been included in the fee and the associated ENTHUSE Award (normal terms and conditions apply).
One exciting teaching resource developed from the 2010 Summer School is 'An investigation into transpiration using infra-red thermometers'. The Summer School inspired Bev Goodger, a teacher from Sir John Deane's College, Cheshire to design a practical for schools based around an original investigation at the summer school.
Our 'Deadly diseases and plant pathology' resource was developed by teacher Sarah Bayliss after attending the 2011 Summer School.