Introducing assessment for learning NE711 / A18

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. Improve your responsiveness as a teacher and support all students learning and understanding in STEM subjects with assessment for learning approaches. In this fully supported, online CPD course you will develop your teaching skills to elicit student understanding through classroom assessment and consider how to take formative action to improve learning.

Led by experts in assessment for learning Dylan Wiliam, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck, you will engage with research informed classroom approaches that have been shown to improve student understanding and performance. In this introductory course you will explore intentional dialogue and learn how to create hinge-point questions for STEM subjects. This course is the starting point for collecting and analysing evidence to critically reflect on your own practice and prioritise the next steps in your professional development.

The course is a suitable primer for Planning for Learning in STEM Teaching and Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching.

Learning online

This online CPD course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You do not need to be online at any specific time. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from experts in STEM education and assessment.

Course availability and support

This online CPD for teachers is supported by our experts and mentors for five weeks from the course start date. During the supported period you have the opportunity to communicate with the course educators directly and discuss your ideas with many other participants. Afterwards, the course is available to join for a further six weeks without mentor support.

If no scheduled date is shown here, you may still be able to access this course directly on FutureLearn.

This course is free to access for five weeks from the point you join the course. Ongoing access to the course content and discussions is available by upgrading with FutureLearn after you start the course.


You will be able to:

  • identify the main principles of assessment for learning
  • reflect on the role of intentional dialogue in supporting teaching in a formative way
  • explain the key characteristics of a hinge-point question
  • evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to elicit evidence from students
  • collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking in order to help shift practice


Course educators

This course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre in partnership with Formative Education Limited. It gives you the opportunity to learn with three leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

  • Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education and author of Embedded Formative Assessment.
  • Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, Chair of the Association for Science Education, and former secondary school teacher.
  • Andrea Mapplebeck: Researcher and practitioner now supporting educators to improve STEM learning, and former head of science.

This course is hosted on FutureLearn

The email address you give when you apply will be used to send you joining instructions and information about your course. Please make sure you can be contacted directly with this email address.

This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By accepting the National STEM Learning Centre’s invitation to register on this course on FutureLearn, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common.

The invitation to register on FutureLearn will be sent to you no later than the course start date.

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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