Continuing your professional development

Now you have created your action plan and reviewed your reflection grids, you’ll have a clearer idea of how to take your learning from this course and your professional development forward.

Recognition from STEM Learning

If you have successfully completed the course and earned a certificate (either through upgrading or perhaps you have an have an Unlimited subscription), you can get recognition from STEM Learning for your professional development on this course. STEM Certificates digital badges give you a place to present your CPD with STEM Learning, showing the outcomes of courses and time spent on your professional development. Simply send a digital copy of your FutureLearn certificate as proof of completion to You will need a free STEM Learning account before you submit proof of completion.

Continuing your professional development with the National STEM Learning Centre

Watch the video below to learn about the STEM Learning Impact Journey: our approach to supporting your continuing professional development as a teacher, teaching assistant or technician.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Online CPD

This course is one of three online courses from the National STEM Learning Centre on Teaching Practical Science. Take part in the Chemistry and Physics courses to complete the Teaching Practical Science collection.

To go further with the pedagogical concepts introduced in Weeks 2 and 3, take part in our Introducing Assessment for Learning collection, led by Dylan Wiliam, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck.

At the National STEM Learning Centre

STEM Learning provides high-impact, bursary-supported, residential CPD at York, local CPD through Science Learning Partnerships and development pathways through our online CPD. In addition, we have thousands of quality assured resources and online community groups by subject:

Working with colleagues

If you have found this course useful to your own practice, we would strongly encourage you to adopt a peer leadership role and support your colleagues through the next run of this course. You can develop a departmental or MAT approach to practical science that will really make a difference to your students.

The following documents will help you plan for group professional development in your school:

We look forward to you taking part in professional development with us again.

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