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The Science of Learning

  • Categories Science
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update April 29, 2024

About Course

National STEM Learning Centre


Improve your teaching by discussing the science of learning

What is learning? How does it work? On this course you try and answer these questions, exploring how you can use the science of learning to inform your teaching and support your students’ learning.

Drawing upon educational neuroscience and psychology (and combating neuroscience myths), you will learn how to interpret research to be better informed about how your students learn. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your own practice as a teacher, learning how to justify and improve your approach.

Who will you learn with?

Karen Hornby

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



Who developed the course?


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.



What Will I Learn?

  • Explore how the science of learning applies to your classroom to provide insight into how your students learn and their learning potential
  • Develop your approach to engaging students with their learning
  • Apply an understanding of what is happening in the brain to improve your students’ longer term memory and retrieval of knowledge
  • Discuss and articulate your teaching and learning choices with your colleagues
  • Engage in action research and collaborate with researchers in the science of learning

Topics for this course

10 Lessons16h

Busting myths?

Welcome to The Science of Learning. On this course you will discover how amazing our brain is: how we learn, how the brain adapts and what all this means for teachers and your students. We start by asking: what is learning?
What is learning?00:01:49
Neuroscience and education: bridging the gap
Supporting your professional development

Fact or fiction??

Neuromyths are commonly held beliefs about how the brain works that are not completely accurate or are just plain wrong. What neuromyths do you know about and is there any truth in them?

Exploring the science of learning?

As you begin to explore the science of learning, you’ll need to adopt a critical approach. When presented with new ideas, how do you assess whether they will work or not in your teaching context?

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Great refresher for me. The presenter speaks clearly. The material is well organized and easy to understand.

This is the second time I've looked at this course, which USES educational neuroscience and psychology (and the myths that counter neuroscience) to learn how to interpret research in order to better understand how our students learn.

The course is good, most of the Suggestions about science to improve teaching.

This course is more suitable for training as a novice teacher, which I think is very good.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for teachers, NQT, RQT in primary, secondary and FE STEM subjects. Teaching assistants, tutors and ITT may also benefit, though the course will be framed within teaching classroom contexts. You will need recent classroom experience to benefit from the reflective activities on this course.