Differentiation for learning NE702 / B19

5 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD



Online course. Improve your practice of differentiating for learning, by diagnosing your students' current levels of understanding and differentiating for learning by task. You will explore the key principles of effective differentiation for learning, see how teachers use these approaches in their classrooms, and learn how to differentiate for learning by task. You will leave the course feeling confident in your ability to respond to evidence of your students’ learning and address their different needs.

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“I loved that videos were used to show us exactly how to implement strategies that were described during the course. What a fantastic resource for teachers - this really encourages you to put what you've learnt into practice!" - Course ParticipantWho is it for?

This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in teaching science, engineering, technology, computing or maths. It’s suitable for educators working at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years). Teachers of other disciplines will find the course useful to extend their thinking about how to support all learners they teach.

What topics are covered?

This five week course covers:

  • key principles of differentiation for learning
  • the importance of diagnosing current levels of understanding
  • differentiating for learning by task
  • evaluating practice of differentiation for learning

This 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 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 experienced teachers and careers experts.

Who are the course leaders?

This course is led by Dr Andrea Mapplebeck, Educational Consultant, Formative Education . It was written in collaboration with Prof Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Educaiton, University College London, and Prof Chris Harrison, King's College London.

The course is supported by experienced online mentors for both primary and secondary education.



By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • assess some of the research literature about differentiating for learning,
  • identify a number of approaches for differentiating by task using examples from the STEM subjects,
  • explore the links between differentiating for learning and assessment for learning, engage with some key principles of effective differentiated learning,
  • collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking in order to help shift practice,
  • evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to elicit evidence from students and differentiate for their learning,
  • collect and analyse evidence from students on changes implemented in the classroom in order to critically reflect on own practice in order to prioritise next steps in own development.


Differentiating for learning in STEM teaching22 June 202000:00-00:00


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