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Sharpen your remote teaching in science skills

Published: Oct 23, 2020 3 min read

STEM learning

We are concerned by the ongoing and serious impact of COVID-19 on the education system. We know that school leaders and teachers are doing everything they can to maintain high-quality and safe educational provision in the face of complex and fast-moving conditions.

Wednesday’s papers and discussion on yesterday’s BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast told of 400,000 children being off school last week for COVID-19 related reasons, with consequent concerns about the impact of lost learning on 2021 exam results.
Young people need supporting in their studies, and we are troubled that the largest adverse impact from the disruption this year has been seen among those children growing up with disadvantage. Our collection of resources, information and advice offers support to school leaders and teachers in narrowing the attainment gap in STEM.
We remain convinced of the transformative power of our residential CPD on teaching quality and pupil outcomes, and its proven impact on teacher retention and wellbeing. But we appreciate the increasing requirement for teachers to support one another within the school environment this term, and therefore the disruption to the capacity to be released for residential CPD.
A recent review by the University of Birmingham and CUREE found that, if skilfully designed and well executed, remote CPD delivery can offer a useful complement to face-to-face provision and, if circumstances require, an acceptable substitute.
At STEM Learning we have been developing its remote and blended learning offers, and we would therefore like to draw your attention to a modular remote CPD course we recently launched on remote teaching in science.
All five modules of the course address engagement, motivation and scaffolding in remote teaching, with strategies designed to support remote teaching (such as in the event of school closures) and provide effective homework strategies or for a blended learning approach. 
This will particularly help teachers support lower attaining students and those with special educational needs (SEN).
The modules are:
  • Formative assessment and remote learning (next start date: 9 November)
  • Using virtual experiments to develop practical skills for required practicals (next start date: 16 November)
  • Inclusive differentiation (next start date: 23 November)
  • Tools for engagement with remote learning (next start dates: 2 November, 30 November)
  • Utilising learning opportunities beyond the classroom (next start dates: 9 November, 7 December)
The activity fee is £750 + VAT for the whole course, or £150 + VAT per individual module. Group discounts are available – please contact us for more details.

Find out more and sign up here