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Reviewing the course and your professional development

Summary of the course.
Thank you for completing this Introduction to Curriculum Design. Over the last three weeks you have explored different curriculum models, investigated the purpose of curricula, and experienced a variety of ways of including effective practical work. You’ve considered the importance of developing progression across all aspects of the science curriculum, not just knowledge, but also practical and mathematical skills. Through this introduction to curriculum design, you will have had a flavour of what good practice in secondary school science can look like. Hopefully, you now feel confident to begin developing your own science curriculum with your colleagues. Don’t forget to complete your self-audit task to record how you’ve developed your knowledge and practice, and to help you identify where to go next.
There are a number of other online courses from STEM Learning which link very closely to this course, and complementary local CPD plus intensive residential CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, which build upon this course. We look forward to working with you again.

We’d like you to spend some time now to review your understanding of curriculum design. This will help you identify changes in your practice and thinking, and help you plan where you need to go next.

  • Look back over your notes, contributions to course discussions
  • Review your completed reflection grids that you have accumulated during the course.
  • Compare your self-audit tasks from the start of the course and here.

The second self-audit task will help you reflect and record your professional development on this course.

Use your copy of your responses to the first self-audit task to identify what areas of practice you still need to focus on and which sections of the course you should take time to revisit. You may also identify where you will be taking ideas from the course further with your colleagues.


  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 as a record of your professional development.
In the next step we have provided suggestions for further professional development and additional resources to support assessment of students’ thinking in science.

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