Online CPD

The National STEM Learning Centre is offering high quality, often free, online professional development delivered by world-leading experts. We supported nearly 10,000 UK teachers during 2014/15.

Current online CPD available:

 

Teaching Computing

This free online course aims to help teachers in primary and secondary schools, especially those who previously taught other subjects including ICT.

Designed with Master Teachers from Computing at School, it combines subject knowledge and pedagogy to help you teach great computing lessons.

Over six weeks, you’ll develop the skills you need for success in computing, with advice about planning, teaching and learning, assessment and policy. The courses touches on teaching younger learners as well as those with SEND. It includes digital literacy and online identity, as well as safeguarding issues. You'll learn about beginning the teaching of programming, and find out about the wider support network from Computing at School.

Throughout, you will have the chance to work with other teachers and experts in a flexible, self-paced learning environment.

By the end of the course you will:

  • become confident and knowledgeable to successfully teach the new computing curriculum
  • plan lessons to achieve identified learning objectives
  • develop computational thinking skills among your students
  • lead the subject within your school, or help guide its direction positively
  • find out about where to get extra help and resources

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Teaching the new science curriculum: physics

Adam Little is a Professional Development Leader for Physics at the National STEM Learning Centre, and leads this course on teaching physics at Key Stage 4 for non-specialists and early career teachers. He covers the main areas of physics such as energy and radiation, and practical advice on engaging demonstrations, practical work and ways to make your teaching outstanding.

The starting point taken is the developments in GCSE courses leading to the introduction of the new specifications in 2016 - looking at recent changes and relating these to some of the fundamental features of the subject.

Subjects covered (and associated themes) are:

  • Energy (Misconceptions)
  • Forces (Recording results)
  • Motion (Using dataloggers)
  • Magnetism (Planning)
  • Matter (Experimental design)
  • Waves (Differentiation)
  • Radiation (Health & Safety and Risk)

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Differentiating for learning in STEM teaching

When it comes to teaching in the classroom one size does not fit all. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges - will help you improve your understanding and use of Differentiating for Learning (DfL) within the STEM subjects. It is designed as companion to our successful Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course.

This course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre. It gives you the opportunity to learn with three leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at at University College London and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;
Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, past Chair of the Association for Science Education, and former secondary school teacher;
Andrea Mapplebeck: Educational Consultant, Formative Education Ltd and former secondary school teacher.

Through this course you will:

  • see extensive real-life classroom video footage;
  • examine the key principles of effective differentiated learning;
  • focus on differentiating by task using examples from the STEM subjects;
  • get a range of practical ideas for how you can best respond to the assessment evidence elicited from your students;
  • and explore the links between Differentiating for Learning and Assessment for Learning

 

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Managing behaviour for learning

Transform your classroom by making small shifts in your own behaviour. Paul Dix, a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally, will help you learn how to positively influence the behaviour of your students through small shifts in your own behaviour. This free online course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network as part of their suite of high impact professional development for teachers of STEM.

This online CPD aims to help teachers learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience.

Topics covered include:

  • Week One: Managing your own behaviour to influence theirs
  • Week Two: Using rules and routines to achieve consistency
  • Week Three: Intelligent use of recognition to motivate students
  • Week Four: Reducing friction when students behave badly
  • Week Five: Reparation and restorative practice

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Assessment for learning in STEM teaching

Improve your understanding and use of assessment for learning, a term that is widely used in education, but applied in ways that are variable in their effectiveness. Learn how to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to assessment for learning in STEM.

This free online course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre and gives you the opportunity to learn with two leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at at University College London and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;
Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, past Chair of the Association for Science Education, and former secondary school teacher.

Through this course you will cover:

  • the theory and science behind effective assessment for learning
  • how to use assessment for learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds
  • how to use this evidence formatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom
  • how to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to assessment for learning in STEM.

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Technicians as demonstrators

This online course will take participants through a journey exploring the use of demonstrations in science to inspire pupils. The course will consist of weekly videos containing the following themes; biology, chemistry and physics demonstrations, health and safety and teaching and learning through demonstrations.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • develop their range of approaches to make science teaching more inspiring and exciting
  • be more confident in carrying out a range of demonstrations
  • have considered when it is appropriate to use demonstrations and how they can promote deeper learning and enthusiasm for science
  • be aware of safety regulations and management of pupils during demonstrations
  • develop their skill in putting together a demonstration lecture for special occasions
  • plan how they can use demonstrations to create an impact in their own school

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