SKE Lead

David Craine

I developed an interest in science at primary school, and throughout my time at secondary school was drawn towards physics and the application of mathematics. I studied Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University and then took an MSc in Applied Radiation Physics at Birmingham University with a view to entering the medical physics profession. I found my real passion was for the communication of scientific ideas and decided to train as a science teacher at Leeds University. My formative teaching years were spent at Morley High School, where I learned about the pastoral side of the profession as well as maintaining a growing knowledge of pedagogical application to teaching science.

1995 – Physics Teacher at Morley High School – A-Level and GCSE Physics.
2003 – Assistant Head of Science – develop A-Level Physics outcomes and inaugurate GCSE and A-Level Applied Science programmes.

Having developed an extensive knowledge of science teaching and a track-record of successful GCSE and A-Level teaching, I took the opportunity to work across the wider trust, supporting science teaching in other secondary schools and also working in our primary academies.

2014 – Partnership Director for Physical Science – implementing Physics-based teaching to primary schools within The GORSE Academies Trust and creating enhancement opportunities for KS3/4. This culminated in cross-trust trips to CERN, The Natural History and Science Museums, London.

Following several senior leadership positions as Director of Assessment for the trust and Associate Principal at The Ruth Gorse Academy and Bruntcliffe Academy, I returned to a role that had a significant science focus in our newly established alternative provision free school, The Stephen Longfellow Academy.

2019 – Assistant Principal at The Stephen Longfellow Academy – Head of Science and responsibility for implementing a Biodiversity Garden plan at the academy, including establishing beekeeping as a scientific education programme.

This has ultimately led to my current work as Consultant Director of the GORSE SCITT and subject lead for Physics. 

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Programme Structure

Programme Focus Phases Topics
8 weeks
(200 Hours)
Core Programme
Introduction to the GCSE Combined Science programmes. This makes it ideal for trainees such as those electing to do PE & EBacc because it provides a grounding in the GCSE they may teach.
With one session looking at mathematics and science teaching in KS1 and 2.
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy Stores and Transfers
  • Electricity
  • Thermal Energy
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
16 weeks
(400 Hours)
Introduction to GCSE Combined Science with extensions into the Triple Science programme. This is further extended to explore the essential skills and knowledge required for A-Level teaching.

This makes the programme suitable for trainees who are science specialists needing a grounding in the GCSE programmes prior to ITE.

With a primary reflection and link to post-16.
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy Stores and Transfers
  • Electricity
  • Thermal Energy
  • Waves
  • Optics
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Space Physics

Delivery and Assessment

Most of the learning is completed independently; you will be guided to create high quality resources by your subject lead. Subject leads are experts in their field and have an up to date working knowledge of both the National Curriculum and the exam rubric for GCSE and A-level examinations. Following each assessment you will receive, high quality feedback identifying your areas of strength and the next steps that you can take to improve.

The course is designed to enable you to work at your own pace and weekly assessments allow you to demonstrate your progress. Most assessments take around 30 minutes however some, key assessments, can take up to 1 hour 30 minutes.

“ I really valued the regular feedback allowing me to know where I could improve and where I was already strong, this helped me develop as a teacher. ”


Module one – KS3 Physics

This module explores links between KS2 and Years 7 and 8, allowing trainees to develop an understanding of the potential depth of knowledge Year 7 students may arrive with.

Module 2 – KS4 Energy

This topic explores the nature of energy, the current rubric associated with it and misconceptions surrounding the subject. It includes Stores, Transfers, Systems and Conservation, Heat Capacity, Power, Efficiency, Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Resources.

Module 3 – KS4 Particle Model of Matter

A firm understanding of the application of particle theory in key topics, which include Density and Practical, Internal Energy and Specific Heat Capacity, Latent Heat and Change of State, Particle Motion in Gases.

Module 4 – KS4 Electricity

Charge and Current, Resistance, Potential Difference and Current (Ohm’s Law), Resistors, IV graphs and Practical, Series and Parallel Circuits, Mains electricity, National Grid.

Module 5 – KS4 Forces and Motion

Scalars and Vectors, Contact and non-contact Forces, Weight, Resultant Forces including vector diagrams, Work Done, Elasticity, Speed, Distance and Time, Distance-Time and Velocity-Time Graphs, Acceleration, Newton’s Laws and 2nd Law Investigation, Forces and Braking, Momentum.

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