S‌cience is for Parents Too

free course helping you understand the GCSE science course taught in schools - open to all secondary school parents from January 2017 

  • Do you have a child who is naturally curious about the world around us?
  • Sometimes find yourself stuck for an answer or struggling to help when it comes to homework?
  • Want to catch up on the science you maybe missed at school?

The course has given me a greater understanding of science and has given me the confidence to help with homework and be able to do some research with the knowledge I have.

Well, help is at hand thanks to this project supported by the Wellcome Trust for a fourth year

This free course for parents will help you understand what your children are learning in their GCSE science lessons at school.

  • We will use on hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and offer a range of free site visits to see real-world science in action. 
  • No prior scientific knowledge needed.
  • No assessments - learning will be fun and informal!  

The course takes place Tuesday and Thursday mornings with new learners welcome in January - all provision takes place at the National STEM Learning Centre on Heslington Campus. 

  • Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9.30-11.30am; or
  • Thursday, 12 January 2017, 9.30-11.30am

Each course runs during school term time only for 10 weeks until the Easter holiday, with a further 10 weeks of provision later in the summer term.

Trips and additional activities will also be on offer during the holidays and half-term breaks.

You can sign up for the Science is for Parents Too by:

  • Emailing science-for-parents@york.ac.uk with your name and contact details and your prefered day of attendance (Tuesday or Thursday)
  • Calling the the course tutor, Katherine Leech, on 01904 322209.

We look forward to hearing from you! 


What's Happened Already?



Experiments to try at home

I think the course is fantastic, it's reminded me what I loved about science at school and given me the confidence to explain things to my children.

Over the last two years, the Centre for Lifelong Learning has brought together a number of experiments which parents can undertake at home with their children. Many of these (and the science behind them) can be found at Simple Science.



Sarah West from the Stockholm Environment Institute undertook research on the impact of the project in the first year - this can be downloaded from http://www.york.ac.uk/media/sei/documents/publications/Evaluation_of_Science_is_for_Parents_Too.pdf.

The second year's evaluation is also available: Science is for Parents Too (Year 2 evaluation) (PDF  , 800kb).

The third year's evaluation can be found at: Science is for Parents Too Evaluation 2015 (PDF  , 1,063kb).

Our final evaluation, completed by Dr Maria Turkenburg-van Diepen, can be found at: Science is for Parents Too - Fourth Year Evaluation (PDF  , 948kb)