Supporting the memory: strategies and techniques to retain and retrieve knowledge in science RK198 / A01

Start date
27 Apr 21
5 Hours
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


To progress to more complex understanding in science, it is essential that learners have the ability to retain and recall knowledge. Cognitive science research supports several key theories that can improve retention and recall of information including: cognitive load, spaced learning, retrieval practice and elaborative interrogation. During this course, you will learn various techniques that will allow you to apply these theories to your science teaching and improve the knowledge and recall of your learners.

Who is the course leader?

  • Rob Butler

    Rob has 25 years of classroom experience and spent the last 20 years of his career teaching science in a special school. During his time in...


You will be able to: 
  • explain how the working memory and long-term memory interact to process and store information;
  • describe the cognitive science theories that underpin retention and recall of knowledge, and how these apply to scientific understanding;
  • use strategies from cognitive science theories such as cognitive load, spaced learning, retrieval practice and elaborative interrogation in your teaching to help build deeper understanding and long-term recall of scientific knowledge and skills.


Primary bespoke support27 April 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Primary Bespoke04 May 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Primary Bespoke06 May 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Primary Bespoke11 May 202116:00-17:00Virtual
Primary Bespoke17 May 202116:00-17:00Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£185.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£370.00 +VAT

Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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