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Developing your approach to planning for learning

We’ve explained that planning for learning is about anticipating where the points are in the lesson for collecting evidence of understanding from your students and considering what actions you might take. Through this course we will help you develop your approach to planning for learning within your teaching context.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify what decisions you need to make in your teaching and the evidence of student learning you need to collect to inform these decisions.
  • Identify students’ starting points and how to plan to move them forward successfully.
  • Create activities to collect evidence to allow you to make informed judgements about your students.
  • Apply a range of ideas for responding to your students and adapting teaching during and in between lessons.
  • Plan for evidence collecting opportunities (including addressing difficult areas and misconceptions) including when and how students will consolidate or move forward their understanding across a sequence of lessons.

Self-audit task

If you are a teacher, being able to identify your development needs and assess your own progress is a crucial part of professional practice. To do this we have created a self-audit for you to take now and at the end of the course. You can keep these as a record of your CPD.

There are no right or wrong answers, and you should answer honestly about where you are now, not where you want to be. Your answers will help you to identify what areas of practice you need to focus on the most as you progress through the course.

Complete the self-audit

  1. Access the self-audit task and complete it.
  2. At the end of the survey, click My responses.
  3. Click Download as PDF.
  4. Save the PDF where you will be able to retrieve it to review at the end of the course.

Tip: You can right click on links to open them in new tabs. Else, we have added a link back to this course at the end of the self-audit task.

GDPR statement: STEM Learning will be the data controller for any personal data submitted, not FutureLearn. Further details on the opening page of the self-audit task.


Once you have completed the self-audit, identify the single most important aspect of your practice you will work on as you progress through this course.

Share this in the comments below. You can then refer back to this step and your self-audit responses to see how your teaching has developed.

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Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment

National STEM Learning Centre