S‌cience is for Parents Too

Last run in 2017, Science is for Parents Too is a free course helping parents understand the GCSE science course taught in schools

Open to all secondary school parents, the course asked

  • 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.

The project was supported by the Wellcome Trust for four years

This free course for parents aimed to help parents understand what their children were learning in their GCSE science lessons at school.

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



What's Happened Already?



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.



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)