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Cardinal Hume Catholic School and Carmel College coordinate and manage the Durham and Tees Valley Science Learning Partnership (SLP), which provides quality, subject specific continuous professional development (CPD) for primary and secondary schools in the area.


Our SLP is part of a network of SLPs and other support for schools that is managed by STEM Learning. We combine local expertise in teaching and learning in science, facilitating CPD, and providing school-to-school support.


We offer quality, high impact science CPD through a range of full day or twilight sessions, face to face or remotely. We also work with schools on an individual basis to provide bespoke support to meet the differing needs of schools across the area.


Please get in touch to find out how we can support the needs of you, your department and your school.


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Rob Swinney

Rob Swinney is your SLP lead for Durham based at Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead. Rob is a passionate Science Teacher who has been teaching for more than 15 years.  Rob has led departments and is a specialist leader in education (SLE) conducting school to school support across the North East.  


Tony Graham

Tony Graham is your SLP lead for the Tees Valley. He has 30 years' experience of teaching science, 21 of them leading science as head of department. He is an Evidence Leader in Education (ELE) and has extensive experience in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), school-to-school support and delivering CPD.

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