Child Leadership resources 


Aim: to develop children's science capital through child leadership of science enrichment.

Who is involved?

  • Around ten children aged nine to eleven form the team.

  • They are supported by an adult in school, ideally the science lead or a member of staff who is an advocate for science.

  • All children in the school can get involved with the enrichment that the team lead.

  • Possible names for the team include: Science Committee, Science Ambassadors, Science Helpers, Science Technicians or Lab Helpers.

What do they do?

  • The children come up with ideas for science enrichment, then they plan how to turn their ideas into reality, and put in the work to make it happen!

  • The adult supports the children by suggesting ideas, as well as scaffolding and modelling planning and preparation - especially at the start of the year.

  • Examples of enrichment include: lunch time or after-school clubs, assemblies, science cinema, science weeks, competitions, science busking at school events and writing blogs about their work.




How much time does it take up?

  • The team meets once a week to decide what they want to do, plan how to do it and prepare resources.

  • They might need to come back at break and lunchtimes to do additional planning and prep for big events.

  • They could also put on events after school.

Why do it?

  • The child science leaders benefit immensely from the small-group attention, and from the support with developing leadership and co-operation, as well as organisational and planning skills. The children tell us that it can massively build the confidence of shy children to speak in public and to express their ideas.

  • Other children benefit from the enrichment led by the child science leaders - directly by participating in activities, but also by being immersed in a culture where science is clearly valued and where children openly celebrate science.

  • Science Leads benefit from having child leaders who can support them with enrichment, and who can even help with preparing equipment for lessons.

Members of a child science leadership team at their stall during the summer fair.

Members of a child science leadership team at their stall during the summer fair.

Want to find out more, or do this yourself? 

Here are some "How To" guides, resources and ideas: