The science of learning NE709

What is learning? Improve the way you support your students to achieve their potential by exploring the science of learning.


What is learning? How does it work? On this online, self-paced course you try and answer these questions, exploring how you can use the science of learning to inform your teaching and support your students’ learning.

Drawing upon educational neuroscience and psychology (and combating neuroscience myths), you will learn how to interpret research to be better informed about how your students learn. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your own practice as a teacher, learning how to justify and improve your approach.

This course is unique in the bringing together of leading educational neuroscience and psychology, with expertise in teacher professional development in order to best support your understanding and application of the science of learning.

“The course helped develop new ideas, and made me rethink and refocus my efforts.” Secondary teacher, UK.

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers, teaching assistants, supply teachers, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in the education of young people at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years). You will need recent classroom experience to benefit from the reflective activities on this course.

What topics are covered?

This course covers:
  • Learning in the brain: engage, build, consolidate
  • How we learn, how the brain adapts and what all this means for teachers and your students
  • The effects of reward, novelty and shared attention on learning.
  • Helping students make connections
  • Working memory and cognitive load theory
  • Multisensory learning
  • Practice, daily reviews and consolidation of learning
  • Plasticity and our ability to learn

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.
This course is not facilitated. You can learn independently or with colleagues to directly address your individual needs.

How long is this course?

This course takes around 12 hours to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • explore how the science of learning applies to your classroom to provide insight into how your students learn and their learning potential
  • develop your approach to engaging students with their learning
  • apply an understanding of what is happening in the brain to improve your students’ longer term memory and retrieval of knowledge
  • discuss and articulate your teaching and learning choices with your colleagues
  • engage in action research and collaborate with researchers in the science of learning

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