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 as part of the STEM Teaching program. 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.

Course support

The course team provided support between 16 April - 1 June 2018.

You have joined this course during our period of extended availability, which is a perfect opportunity for you to take the course at your own pace and become familiar with the ideas and practices we introduce. You will still be able to participate in this course independently without our support. We encourage you to:

  • Take time to complete the tasks and contribute your comments to record your thinking.
  • Read contributions from other learners, our mentor video diaries and the Q&A steps.
  • Complete the weekly reflection grids and other reflective activities in this course.
  • Discuss the course content with your colleagues.
  • Register for the next run of this course.

You can also participate in STEM Groups to keep discussions going beyond the course and ask other teachers for ideas and support, find out more in step 5.14.

The two Q&A opportunities during the course were in step 3.2 and step 5.10.

If you’re new to online learning, or new to FutureLearn, you may find the How it works guide helpful. The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning and Six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn may also be of interest.

You can access the profiles of the course team using the links below. You can also choose to ‘Follow’ them to keep up to date with their contributions.

Course Educators

Dylan Wiliam Chris Harrison
Andrea Mapplebeck  

Course Mentors

Jane Winter Yeasmin Mortuza

Jane and Yeasmin will be recording three video diaries during the course, highlighting key points and sharing their take on your discussions. We’ll upload their video diaries to the end of Week 2, Week 4 and Week 5 as the course progresses.


Matt Cornock is the Online CPD Coordinator at the National STEM Learning Centre and will be supporting the course team.

Technical support

If you need any technical support use the Support button that should always visible at the bottom right of your screen to report a problem or email If you wish to get in touch with the National STEM Learning Centre about this course please contact


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.

Connecting with other learners

You can make connections with other learners by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button. If you click the person’s name, you can see their profile. It’s important that you fill out your own profile so other learners can find you and you can learn from one another.

If you are doing this course with colleagues from your school or cluster of schools, we would encourage you to follow each other. Then you’ll easily be able to see comments from the people you know. Further guidance on learning as a group in step 1.13.

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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Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

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