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.

Continuing your professional development with the National STEM Learning Centre

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 program.

To go further with the pedagogical concepts introduced in Week 1 and 2, take part in Assessment for Learning and Differentiating for Learning, both led by Dylan Wiliam, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck.

At the National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre located in York, UK, offers high quality, affordable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and technicians working with pupils aged 5 to 19 in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our professional development is proven to make a real difference to individual teachers, departments, schools and colleges, and ultimately to students’ learning. 99% of participants on our intensive CPD at York reported an impact on their practice, with 96% reporting an impact on their pupils, and 97% an impact in their school more widely.

CPD is made affordable through Project ENTHUSE and ENTHUSE Bursary which are available for many of our CPD activities, and can be used towards the cost of CPD fees, expenses and resources. ENTHUSE Bursary is available to individuals from all UK state funded schools, including maintained schools, academies and free schools.

Browse our full CPD programme or contact us to assess your needs: Tel: 01904 328300 Email:

It would be great to meet some of you on our high impact residential CPD which can further transform your practice.

Join STEM Groups to connect with other teachers

The online community groups from the National STEM Learning Centre offer free support for STEM educators. Use the discussion groups to get information, advice and share good practice. Read resource reviews by teachers and submit your own comments.

Free online teaching and learning resources

The National STEM Learning Centre’s website houses the largest open collection of resources for teachers of science, design and technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK.

Alongside contemporary resource materials including print, multimedia and practical resources, is an archive collection which showcases several decades of curriculum development. Resources for use with early years to post-16 students are freely available.

Volunteer to be a peer-mentor

Teachers learn best from teachers and the peer-to-peer learning and support that we have been privileged to observe on our online courses is testament to that. You will hopefully have learnt a lot from your discussions with other learners over the last three weeks, and we hope that you’ll share your learning with your colleagues. We would very much like to encourage you to come back on the course again to share your learning and understanding of how the course has impacted you, your students and your colleagues with the next group of participants as a peer mentor.

If you are interested please let us know by emailing Peer mentors are volunteers (i.e. without payment) and being a peer mentor offers the opportunity to continue your understanding of the course, share with others your learning and enhance your CV by evidencing supporting of colleagues.

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