How to embed open-ended investigative practical work into the science curriculum RX041 / MB01

Start date
2 May 24
1 Day
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


You will engage with the Gatsby Good Practical Science report and review strategies in order to plan and implement open-ended investigative practical work in the curriculum. This specifically addresses the Gatsby Practical Benchmark 8. The course will develop a deeper understanding of practical skills and the application of procedural knowledge to support students with the challenges of application of practical skills to unfamiliar examination questions.


You will be able to:

  • understand how to achieve Gatsby Benchmark 8 of the Good Practical Science report
  • identify suitable strategies to enhance delivery of investigative practical work
  • explore practical activities to develop procedural knowledge
  • support students in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts
  • reflect on the effectiveness of practical activities and therefore students’ learning
  • better support students with the challenges of examination questions around practical work


1. Why embed open-ended investigative work into the curriculum?02 May 202416:00-17:00Virtual
2. How to embed investigative practical work into the curriculum16 May 202416:00-17:00Virtual
3. Embedding open-ended investigative practical work into the curriculum23 May 202416:00-17:00Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£100.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£150.00 +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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