Teaching for Home Learning: Secondary Science

Ease the transition to teaching science to secondary pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic with online and offline approaches.

4,720 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Accreditation

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The CPD Certification Service

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Overcome the challenges of teaching science remotely to your secondary students

Due to COVID-19, secondary school students around the world are learning remotely and online. Many teachers are having to adjust their teaching.

This introductory course will help you to develop new online and offline teaching strategies for supporting learning at home and at a distance.

You’ll consider the issues of student engagement, time management, assessment and feedback, and the role of parents, as well as how to keep up with practical science activities.

You’ll draw upon the resources you already have, use a variety of asynchronous teaching and learning tools, and collaborate with colleagues in designing teaching sequences.


  • Week 1

    Asynchronous learning

    • Setting expectations

      Being clear about expectations, and involving students and parents in your planning, can ease the transition into remote teaching. What does the research say?

    • Blending synchronous and asynchronous learning

      Different approaches to remote learning suit different types of content and students. How do we get the mix right?

    • Asynchronous teaching: pre-recorded lessons and learning activities

      How can we structure asynchronous activities to make best use of the advantages, and support students with some of the difficulties?

    • Teaching strategies: asynchronous

      There are some teaching techniques that we use a lot in the classroom. How can we carry out an online version of these activities?

  • Week 2

    Independent learning and practical science

    • Teaching strategies: synchronous

      How do you structure a live online session to meet the needs of students?

    • Assessment for learning

      Supporting students to work independently can improve learning outcomes, focusing on getting students to reflect on their learning and the progress they’re making.

    • Virtual experiments

      Science is a practical subject. How do we continue to develop enquiry-based skills?

    • Reviewing your professional development

      Review your professional development and plan your next steps to sustain and develop the way you plan for learning.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Design an approach to teaching secondary science, with offline and online activities to support students learning from home
  • Evaluate a range of teaching strategies and tools, appropriate to your teaching context and teaching remotely
  • Develop assessment and feedback opportunities to support home learning
  • Reflect on the role of parents in supporting home learning

Who is the course for?

This is a professional development course designed for teachers of science to students aged 11-19 years who are providing support for students to learn at home.

Heads of science departments may also find this course useful for devising their approach to home teaching.

Who will you learn with?

I taught science for ten years and was Head of Science for three years, before becoming a subject specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre.

Online CPD Coordinator, STEM Learning. MEng MA Senior Certified Learning Technologist. I work with expert authors to design impactful CPD for teachers and STEM Ambassadors www.stem.org.uk/online-cpd

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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