Science of Learning Programme
Part of the Great Teaching Toolkit
WEEKLY STUDY: 1.5-2 HOURS
DURATION: 2-3 TERMS
Harness the evidence on how we learn to maximise student understanding and progress.
Broken down over four modules and delivered via an online platform, the course provides an evidence-informed grounding in key theories from cognitive neuroscience and psychology about what learning is, why we do it, and how it happens. But that’s only the beginning…
Building on these foundations of theory, you will be guided to try out new approaches in the classroom and implement the most effective in your long-term practice.
How will you benefit from the Science of Learning Programme?
The programme addresses key challenges faced by middle and senior leaders. We have harnessed the evidence on learning to enable you to:
- connect lesson content and activities with how students learn, in order to improve effectiveness
- create the best possible learning experience for a student
- translate research on the science of learning into teaching and learning strategies
- embed the key principles of learning science into curriculum design
What’s the format?
The programme is flexible, structured with busy professionals in mind, and provides responsive support. You will enjoy:
- 30-40 hours of professional learning and practice, aligned with the best available evidence, delivered via an engaging online platform
- Tools and resources to guide, support and implement change
- Structured collaboration and support – you are not alone!
- Practice opportunities to scaffold learning – guiding you through the whole process, and helping you contextualise what you learn in your own, unique environment
- Examples from schools working through the everyday practicalities of implementing learning strategies
How will the Science of Learning Programme enhance your teaching and your students’ learning?
Understand the Science of Learning
Explore the scientific evidence regarding the process of learning through reading: the essential cognitive systems, their functions and limitations, and the factors that affect them. Gain a robust understanding of the basic cognitive faculties: attention, working memory, and long-term memory. Learn how these systems interact as a student progresses from novice to advanced stages, and build a coherent model of how your students acquire knowledge, store it and retrieve it.
Apply the Science of Learning in the classroom
Understand the benefits and limitations of specific teaching strategies and find out how each strategy can play its part in helping a student move from novice to advanced states. Practise applying different strategies in your own context and develop your understanding of the adjustments you can make to maximise their effect on students’ learning. Gain insight into the challenges of implementation that stem from cognitive, emotional, social and contextual factors, and how you can overcome them.
Apply the Science of Learning to curriculum planning
Apply concepts and strategies from the Science of Learning to curriculum planning in your subject or phase. Learn how to adjust examples and models to fit your context and your curriculum aims, and map learning activities to the stages of the cognitive development process.
Develop colleagues’ practice
Develop an implementation plan to help your colleagues apply strategies from the Science of Learning. Prioritise issues and plan how to address them with clearly-defined roles, responsibilities and activities for all involved in students’ learning.
Who is it for?
Any primary or secondary school, FE college or academy that is committed to enhancing teaching practice and curriculum implementation sustained over one academic year.
For the programme to have the desired impact, we recommend that the senior leader responsible for curriculum works with at least one middle leader (such as a head of department or phase). We insist on a minimum of two colleagues working together – because professional development has more impact when colleagues collaborate and support each other!
The Science of Learning Programme has supported educators in state, independent and international settings around the world to apply the principles of how we learn to their teaching and learning and curriculum strategies.
The Science of Learning Programme is part of the Great Teaching Toolkit, which includes a suite of eleven courses of professional development and student surveys to help guide professional development.
Bundles are priced per school. For group bookings please get in touch.
Evidence Based Education is partnered with the University of Buckingham to offer the Science of Learning module of their online MA Education (Teaching and Learning), which will be available from January 2021. For additional information about applying, enrolment, and requirements, you can find out more through the University of Buckingham.
What is included in the Toolkit?
Assessment Lead Programme
Science of Learning Programme
Behaviour and Culture Programme
Creating a supportive environment
Maximising opportunity to learn
An evidence-based approach to Great Teaching
Teacher feedback tool
Video observation & feedback
School Environment & Leadership tool