Teaching for home learning: secondary science NE211 / C20

2 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD


Online, self-paced course. This online course explores the basics of online and offline teaching strategies for supporting learning at home and at a distance. You’ll consider the issues of student engagement, time management, assessment and feedback, and the role of parents, as well as how to keep up with practical science activities.
You’ll draw upon the resources you already have, use a variety of asynchronous teaching and learning tools, and collaborate with other teachers in designing teaching sequences.

Who is it for?

This is a professional development course for teachers of science to students aged 11-19 years, who are providing support for students to learn at home. Heads of science departments may also find this course useful to devise their approach to remote teaching.

What topics are covered?

This two week course covers:
  • setting expectations for time management and learning routines
  • planning for synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • simple tools to support home learning tasks
  • assessing student learning remotely and providing feedback
  • teaching practical science remotely

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.

Who is the course leader?


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • design an approach to teaching secondary science, with offline and online activities to support students learning from home
  • evaluate a range of teaching strategies and tools, appropriate to your teaching context and teaching remotely
  • plan assessment and feedback opportunities to support home learning
  • reflect on the role of parents in supporting home learning


Teaching for home learning: secondary science12 April 202100:00-00:00Online course


Group enrolments: If you are a school, college or MAT and wish to arrange payment by invoice for 25 or more participants, please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk quoting the course code, title and start date.

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£10.00 +VATSubsidy available*£0.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£20.00 +VAT

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