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Develop your STEM teaching skills and enjoy your teaching more

The STEM Teaching program is a suite of high-impact professional development courses designed for current or trainee STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges.

The three online courses in the program have been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre, to help you understand and use a variety of techniques more effectively - Assessment for Learning (AfL), Differentiating for Learning (DfL) and Managing Behaviour for Learning.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the courses provide a flexible way to fit learning into your busy week. And as they progress, you’ll be encouraged to try things out in your laboratory and classroom; actively reflect on what you discover; and share your experience as part of course discussions.

When you complete all three courses and upgrade on each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Courses

To get an award you will need to upgrade all courses on this program, then qualify for a Certificate of Achievement on each course. To qualify you need to do at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests.

Once you have qualified for a Certificate of Achievement on every course you will receive a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 16 weeks of learning and cost a total of $252 + shipping.

Learn with leading experts in STEM teaching and assessment

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

On every course, you will learn with leading experts in STEM education and assessment:

  • Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;
  • Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, past Chair of the Association for Science Education and former secondary school teacher;
  • Andrea Mapplebeck: Educational Consultant, Formative Education Ltd and former secondary school teacher;
  • Paul Dix: a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally, and co-founder of behaviour specialists, Pivotal Education.

Learning outcomes

This program is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges.

By the end of the program, you will:

  • understand the theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning, and how to use it everyday;
  • examine the key principles of effective differentiated learning, and get a range of practical ideas for how to use it;
  • and use rules, routines and recognition to manage behaviour and motivate students.