Discover Primary Science and Maths

Register for CPD Training


Registration is now closed. We will be offering workshops again in 2017/18. Registration for thse will open in September 2017.

Are you looking for ways to help bring science to life for your students? Or ways to help them explore maths using their own natural curiosity? Why not consider taking part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) programme, run nationwide by Science Foundation Ireland. Through both teacher training opportunities and the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award, DPSM has been running for 12 years, helping thousands of schools to foster an interest in science and maths amongst children. Since 2010, this broadened further to work with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), allowing us to use space to inspire our next generation of innovators.

Since 2009, over 6,000 primary teachers have availed of in-school CPD in over 500 schools. This year could be your opportunity to avail of CPD if you have not received a DPSM workshop since 2013/14.

The CPD is open to 100 schools in the 2016/17 school year and will help those schools to:

  • Operate a whole school approach to engaging with science and maths.
  • Grow a love of investigation amongst children by assisting teachers to apply the DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry based science teaching and learning.
  • Make science teaching easier by using the DPSM Classroom Activities Planning Guide and DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry to deliver the science curriculum in a cross curricular manner.
  • Understand the relevance of and be able to use space as a cross curricular theme in their planning and teaching

What do you need to do?

To avail of this free service we are inviting your school to commit to this development programme for the school year, which will consist of the following:

  • Host a 2 hour CPD workshop for the whole staff in each school term (i.e. three x two hour workshops). There must be a minimum of 10 teachers participating. This criterion can be met by partnering with another school(s).
  • Teachers should be prepared to apply what they are learning from each session and report back at subsequent CPD workshops.
  • The school must participate in the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science & Maths Awards to see how they can apply the learning. See
  • Teachers will be asked to provide feedback and may be asked to participate in focus groups as part of our ongoing evaluation process.
  • The school should commit to achieving the overall objectives of the programme above.

Registration for 2016/17 will be open from Monday 12th September to Friday 16th September at 17.00 hrs

Please do not register unless your school is in a position to have all the teaching staff attend the three workshops.  It is important that your school can meet the commitments above including the requirement of a minimum of 10 attendees for each of the three x two hour workshops. Smaller schools can partner with other schools to meet the minimum 10 attendees requirement.  SNAs are welcome to attend at the discretion of the principal.

Places will be allocated on first come first served basis based to those schools who can commit to the requirements.

Resources and Support available at the CPD Sessions

  • Hands-on school based workshops (3 x 2 hours which are done as part of your planning day or your Croke Park hours).
  • CPD and support for effective and engaging teaching of science.
  • Explanations of how DPSM activities link to the curriculum and skills.
  • A network of Discover Primary Science and Maths Centres offering approved science and maths tours to schools.
  • Dedicated websites and which introduce new activities.

The Discover Primary Science and Maths Team
01 607 3184