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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this five week course on Differentiating for Learning. We've designed a range of activities, and some pre and post session ones as well, with the aim of helping you engage with our current understanding experience of Differentiating for Learning. So that you can develop your ideas and practise. We've designed the course to be flexible and included a range of activities to influence and challenge your thinking. And provide examples demonstrating a range of classrooms. We'd also encourage you to try some of the ideas in your own classroom. And then take the opportunity to engage in online discussion with others.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsBefore the course gets properly underway, we'd like you to introduce yourself and to describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in. The main subject and the age range that you teach, your previous experience of Differentiating for Learning, and what you hope to get out of the course. Chris and I very much hope that this course proves to be useful and enjoyable, and that overall it helps you get to grips with Differentiating for Learning.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Differentiating for Learning in STEM teaching, from the National STEM Learning Centre. On this course you will:

  • 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.

To get the most out of this course we emphasise the value of:

  • Posting your ideas, sharing experiences and questioning other learners in discussions.
  • Collaborating with peers, both in your workplace and with other learners online, to take the ideas from this course into practice.
  • Experimenting, with a view to adapting methods to your own classroom or lab settings.

Download our Quick Guide to Effective Online CPD, and guidance on how to take this course with your colleagues.

Course support

All courses from the National STEM Learning Centre are supported by expert educators and experienced mentors. The course has been written by Dylan Wiliam, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck. Your course mentors are Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza.

We’ll be supporting your professional development between 6 January - 21 February 2020 in the discussions throughout the course. There is also a question and answer opportunity with the course educators, post your questions before 6 February 2020 in step 5.2.


Our heroic teachers

You will be properly introduced to the teachers from Filton Avenue Primary School and Orchard School Bristol as the course unfolds. For now the course team would just like to get in their grateful thanks early. If these brave teachers hadn’t been up for letting a camera crew into their classrooms then this course could not have been created.

What is your motivation for joining this course?

Click on the ‘comments’ icon at the bottom of this page and spend a few minutes introducing yourself - if you haven’t already - and finding out more about your fellow learners.

In particular, assuming you are a teacher, describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in, the main subject and the age range that you teach, your previous experience of differentiation, and what you hope to get out of the course.

Please remember both here and throughout the course that you should avoid personally identifying your pupils or other individuals in your comments.

Mark complete

When you complete a step on the course, click Mark as Complete at the bottom right. This helps you keep track of your progress. Mark over 90% of the course steps complete and you’ll be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement when you Upgrade.

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