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Primary Kit Club Conference

June 9 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Kit Club Conference - North East STEM Hub

Event description

Full day CPD for Primary School teachers in the North East region headlined by a key-note speech from Dr Phil Smith MBE.

The Kit conference includes seminars from Amy Banks, Sarah Zaman and Dr Phil Smith MBE, investigation of the resources available for loan and an interactive session for teachers to meet STEM ambassadors who can support activities in the school using the classroom kits.

Target Audience: Appropriate for STEM Club leaders, subject leads, technicians, and teachers.

Event Agenda

  • 9.30-9.45 Introduction – Janine Marshall
  • 9.45- 10.30 Key Note Speech – Dr Phil Smith MBE
  • 10:30-10.45 – Break/Refreshments
  • 10.45-11.30 – Seminar 1
  • 11.30-12.15 – Seminar 2
  • 12.15-12.45 -Lunch
  • 12.45-1.00 – Amy Banks – Climate change Session
  • 1.00-1.15 – Paula McMahon – Working with Ambassadors
  • 1.15- 2.30 – Dr Phil Smith MBE – Using and getting the best from the resources
  • 2.30-3.30 Networking / hands on kit investigation – Open floor for teachers and ambassadors to get hands on with the kit and discuss activity support.
  • 3.30 End of conference

Terms and Conditions

Please note this is a FREE event for Teachers however cancellations after the 29th of May or event no shows will be charged £50+Vat to cover costs.

Speaker Bio’s

Dr Phil Smith MBE

Dr Smith, a plant science researcher by background, took over the running of the UK’s Teacher Scientist Network (TSN) in 2004. He has extensive knowledge of the needs of science teachers and UK science curriculum supporting teacher professional development and has worked with regional and National committees focused upon community/public engagement. In 2008, Dr Smith received an MBE for ‘services to science education’ that he attributes not only to his own science communication endeavours but recognition for the success of the Network as well which is now 25 years old and supports both the primary and secondary teachers. TSN has been recognised by DfES and RCUK as an example of best-practice for how the education and research communities can most effectively support one another. Under Dr Smith’s stewardship TSN has expanded its engagement and reach. Including successful engagement in three EU-funded projects.

Sarah Zaman

Sarah Zaman is a primary school teacher of over twenty years who has always had a passion for computing. She now works as part of a team of Community Outreach Managers for Computing At School, working hard to increase teacher support networks in computing in the North East. In addition to this, she also works for the DFE funded National Centre of Computing Education, promoting and providing guidance to teachers in the North East on the computing CPD courses and fully funded bespoke support available to their schools and facilitating some of their primary Computing CPD courses.

Paula McMahon

Paula started life as a Civil Engineering Apprentice with her local Council straight from school. She is currently the Regional Supervising Officer for Sir Robert McAlpine’s Northern region where she oversees professional development and manages the Social Value for the A19 DBFO Project. Paula strongly believes in inspiring our next generation of civil engineers and educating everyone to work towards an equitable and sustainable future. She has championed many projects to enhance education including Engineering Together and Primary Voices. Paula’s work in the industry and education has earned her many Awards and accolades including the prestigious European WICE Award Lifetime in Engineering for 2021.

Amy Banks

Amy Banks is a primary school teacher, who has always had a passion for Science and the STEM subjects. She is a science subject leader and Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Science, as well as a Primary Science Quality Mark hub leader. In September 2021, Amy took over the role of Science Learning Partnership (SLP) lead for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SLP where she coordinates the delivery of CPD and bespoke support to science teachers across the region, as well as facilitating some of this herself.


June 9
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


North East STEM Hub


RTC North
RTC North, Loftus House
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3XB United Kingdom
0191 516 4400
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