PLAN CPD resources

Introduction to PLAN CPD

This free CPD package is designed for use by science subject leaders to deliver an hour's CPD to introduce the PLAN resources to teachers and explain how they can be used to:


  • support their planning and assessment of science

  • review the coverage of a completed topic

  • review the learning of one topic of a secure pupil to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to support that judgement.

Knowledge: Moderating assessment CPD

These CPD packages enable science subject leaders to deliver an hour's CPD that models a robust process for moderating the assessment of children’s knowledge at the end of either KS1 or KS2.


Each package contains the examples of work from two children across a whole year that the teachers participating in the training review and assess. They then compare their assessment of the examples of work to that of the PLAN team to confirm their judgements. Finally, they apply the same process to the work of children from their own class and use the results to identify activities to consolidate knowledge for children who are not yet secure.

Working scientifically planning coverage CPD

These CPD packages enable science subject leaders in infant, junior or primary schools to deliver an hour's CPD on developing teachers' understanding of the working scientifically statements from the National Curriculum for England and how to plan for full coverage of them.

Each package contains examples of work across a whole year of one or more children's learning that are reviewed by the teachers participating in the training to develop their understanding of the working scientifically statements and whether they are being covered sufficiently or not in that child's learning. They also include commentary on the examples of work, identifying which skills are covered in each activity, to support the science subject leader in delivering the training. A coverage sheet is supplied to help teachers record their conclusions and to support their analysis of their own children's work and planning.

Outdoor Learning CPD

This free CPD package is designed to help schools consider how and why they currently use outdoor learning, and how they can develop it further. During the CPD, participants will:


  • understand what is meant by outdoor learning

  • recognise the benefits of outdoor learning

  • understand that outdoor learning is a vital part of the science National Curriculum in England

  • consider where to include outdoor learning in planning

  • recognise the potential barriers to outdoor learning and how to overcome them.


Clear delivery instructions are included with each package as well as a PowerPoint presentation to support the delivery of the CPD.

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