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Chance for science staff to experiment

SCIENCE teachers are to be encouraged to bring their creativity to the classroom as part of their professional development.

The Association of Science Education is pioneering a new training programme which it hopes more than 1,000 teachers a year will eventually follow.

The programme will encourage teachers to come up with new ideas and innovative practices to improve their performance and that of the school. Teachers will keep a portfolio of their work over two years and, if successful, wll get a certificate.

Those on the course will also have the option of going on to postgraduate study at the Open University. If they complete an in-depth version of the certificate, the university will count it as one sixth of a masters degree.

The ASE has been awarded more than pound;165,000 over three years by the Teacher Training Agency to extend its successful pilot from September.

A university spokesman said the scheme could "easily" be adapted for other subject teachers.

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