Early career pathway for secondary teachers

Designed for new or recently qualified secondary teachers, this pathway will support you through your first few years of teaching.




Mark Langley, Pathway Lead, explains how this Pathway will support you to meet the Teachers’ Standards and introduces resources from STEM Learning for the start of your teaching career.

About the pathway

The early career pathway is a flexible professional development programme designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to teach secondary science.
Designed and delivered by subject experts, the pathway begins by exploring the fundamental aspects of teaching secondary science before progressing to more in-depth approaches designed to embed best practice in your classroom.
Once you have completed the pathway, you will receive the STEM Learning Early Career Teacher accreditation. You will also receive a STEM Certificate every time you successfully complete a course, helping to demonstrate your commitment to professional development.
This pathway is designed to support you over the first two years of your teaching career and will comprise of a minimum of 43 hours of CPD, however dependent upon your needs you can design a suite of support to suit you.


Enrol on the pathway

1. Sign in or create an account.
2. Enrol on the pathway.
3. See details of the pathway in your dashboard.
4. Receive an email confirming your enrolment and next steps.

Science CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, YorkOutcomes

  • develop and embed best practice and improve your confidence in teaching secondary science
  • understand the subject you teach and the statutory requirements within the National Curriculum
  • identify sources of CPD and support to ensure a high-quality education for young people
  • engage with a community of experienced professional and early careers teachers to establish a network of support


Start your early career journey

We understand that everyone has different professional development needs so we have included optional sessions to allow you to tailor the pathway to meet your individual requirements.

Secondary Science Early Career Pathway Infographic

This two-year pathway of CPD, delivered through various modes, will comprise both core and optional elements.  You will access locally-delivered face-to-face CPD, intensive residential CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, and engage in online CPD through FutureLearn and our remote CPD offer.


If you're keen to find out more, download this handy fact sheet. For any further support, please email pathways@stem.org.uk.