UPGRADE OFFER: Managing the practical classroom in secondary science NE208 / B20

3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online course. On this course, you'll learn strategies for managing the practical classroom in secondary science. From managing behaviour and fostering positive attitudes to implementing departmental processes and working with colleagues, you'll explore all aspects of practical activities in the school or college laboratory. You'll consider classroom layouts as well as the use of practical work to maximise learning. You'll also discover how to create the right climate for collaborative learning and how to simplify more complex practical work using micro-scale setups or integrated instructions.

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Book onto our Managing the practical classroom in secondary science online course through the STEM Learning website and you can purchase an upgrade for only £20 +VAT. You will get unlimited access to the course and recognition with a STEM certificate on successful completion.

Usual upgrade price is £42 on FutureLearn.

Join on FutureLearn for free to get time-limited access without a certificate.

Who is it for?

This online professional development course is designed for teachers of science subjects to students aged 11-19 years. This may include newly qualified, recently qualified and experienced teachers of science who don’t have a science background. Teaching assistants and technicians may also find this course useful to consider the wider context in which practical science is taught.

What topics are covered?

This three week course covers: Departmental processes for practical work, including behaviour management and health and safety.
  • Room layouts and working in school and college laboratory settings.
  • Creating a climate for learning in practical science.
  • Maximising learning through practical work.

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. This course will be facilitated in course discussions between 25 January 2021 – 28 February 2021.


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 
  • Reflect upon your current laboratory management and identify areas for development.
  • Develop a practical learning environment that facilitates independent learning and resilience.
  • Develop your toolkit of strategies and techniques to manage students safely in the laboratory.
  • Design practical lessons to maximise student learning through practical science.


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This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. 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. You will be asked to create a FutureLearn account with the same email address you register, if you do not already have one.

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 booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and your progress on this course will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive access to the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£20.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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