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Q&A with course educators

All online CPD courses from the National STEM Learning Centre provide an opportunity to ask the educators more detailed questions as part of the course Q&A session.

We record educator responses to your outstanding questions from your reflection grids and course discussions. If there are ideas from the course you wish to explore further or issues about your own teaching context, then the Q&A provides a final opportunity to explore these with expert insight.


Thank you for your questions. Adam and Tim recorded their responses from home during the lock down in the UK due to coronavirus. The topics include:

  • Rationale for practical work
  • Grouping students
  • Technicians
  • Experiments ‘not working’
  • Virtual practicals
  • The value of practical work

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Managing the Practical Classroom in Secondary School Science

National STEM Learning Centre