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CPD Links & Resources 2020

We hope this page will be a live location designed to facilitate the sharing of some of the fantastic professional resources available.  We don't claim to own this material but seek to signpost and celebrate the vast array of opportunities provided by the digital community. 

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The COVID-19 episode has exacerbated the need for high-quality and evidence-informed
information to support education professionals to successfully re-engage pupils with learning after a period of disruption or trauma. This information is grounded in psychological research and theory and seeks to outline essential information in a clear and accessible manner that will be relevant to colleagues in different roles, including those in leadership or classroom-based and across different phases, including primary and secondary.

Recovery, Re-Introduction and Renewal Document


The charity, Bounce Forward are holding regular sessions for parents to build vital skills to help their children be more resilient during this uncertain time. Each hour-long session will be hosted by Lucy Bailey - Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder of Bounce Forward, with the content based on the science of resilience.  

Session Topics
Session 1: Introduction to resilient parenting 
Session 2: Optimism during uncertainty
Session 3: Developing mental muscle 
Session 4: Compassionate communication 
Session 5: Mindsets and energy
Session 6: Parenting to strengths
The first session is free, with the next ones priced at a nominal fee of £10 to support the charity.


Details: Thursday 23rd April 2020 - 10am to 11am
              Tuesday 28th April 2020 - 12pm to 1pm

Lord David Triesman – Trustee, “As a parent myself, I know that this is a particularly difficult time for parents and that many are worried about the impact that school closures and social isolation could have on the wellbeing of not only their children but the whole family. But it's how we react that matters most. As a society, we need to build vital skills and develop the critical factors which make someone resilient and helps them thrive during this new world/lockdown period.”  

About Bounce Forward
Bounce Forward is a national charity that delivers inspiring and practical training programmes to support young people to reach their full potential in life. The charity believes that teaching resilience skills should sit alongside academic lessons and have spent 13 years working directly with schools and delivering research to evidence what they do.

Core principles

  • Resilience is not just about overcoming setbacks; it’s also about making the most of opportunities
  • We base our approach and training on solid research, theory and evidence
  • We teach skills and strategies that work in the real world
  • The adults matter: their role is vital in helping children and young people be resilient and thrive

Online training for teachers so they can teach resilience lessons upon returning to school - Thursday 19th May, all day.  Click here for further information.  There is a cost associated with this training.



Free CPD being delivered by Tom Sherrington on Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction. It takes about 2.5 hours to go through all the videos.

The links to the powerpoint and youtube channel are below :


Youtube Channel


From Seneca Learning (Certificates upon completion, free account):

The basics of cognitive science and memory

Introduction to cognitive-science

Oliver Caviglioli






Please find below the list of courses available at KCC:


Please note: You will only be able to register for one course at a time.
You are required to complete the course within a maximum of 4 weeks and will be sent a completion reminder after 2 weeks.

You will incur a charge of £40 if the course is not completed within the 4-week timescale.  All courses are certificated.  


REED (especially for support staff)https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/teaching-assistant  




There are a range of different CPD opportunities on TES. https://www.tes.com/institute/cpd-courses-teachers.

Open Learn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.​

Dyslexia Scotland are offering the first of 3 free modules (2 to be released in June) called ‘Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice’. It was developed in response to Recommendations 1 and 2 of the 2014 Education Scotland Review Making Sense of Dyslexia. https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/news/free-open-university-module-1-now-live.


Open Learn have an extensive range of free courses in education and development for both primary and secondary. There are also some brilliant courses in the health and science and technology sections. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue.


Future Learn provide some free short courses and more in-depth courses which run for a number of weeks where you can earn professional and academic accreditation. I’ve not completed any of the courses myself, but they have been recommended to me. https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/teaching-courses.

Many companies in Ireland give free access to all their books online. TeacherCPD.ie is offering courses to support teaching online for Primary and Post Primary Teachers during School Closures. https://teachercpd.ie.


Jigsaw, in collaboration with ESCI Education Support Centres Ireland, has developed a number of interactive online training courses for teachers. You can take courses about building mental health literacy and learn how to promote positive mental health in schools. https://jigsawonline.ie/working-with-young-people.


The University of Derby is offering a free course ‘Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD’. This free short online course will encourage you to challenge your own definitions and perceptions of autism and ADHD. You will get an opportunity to examine several key themes around both autism and ADHD in order to obtain skills to help people with these conditions. https://www.derby.ac.uk/short-courses-cpd/online/free-courses/understanding-autism-aspergers-and-adhd/.


Oxford University Press has free CPD to support the mental health and wellbeing of primary children. It comes in 2 parts and requires you to sign up. Part one: https://www.brainshark.com/1/player/en/oup?fb=0&r3f1=a993edbeb2bfe7f5a5ecd5faa5ed8f99efc5cabfe0affa89e2bbe7e8c6a8&custom=wellbeing1®ion=uk and Part 2: https://www.brainshark.com/1/player/en/oup?fb=0&r3f1=38027c2f232e7664347d446b347c3875334b395f70101804732a76795739&custom=wellbeingpart2®ion=uk.


OLT has four short courses on autism, learning theory, SEND code of practice and working in partnership with parents. https://www.oltinternational.net/free-short-courses.


School Education Gateway – Teacher Academy. https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm.


Mindful Choices Elementary School. Learn ways you and your students can become calmer and more focused. Taught by Alliance for Decision Education. https://programs.alliancefordecisioneducation.org/courses/mindful-choices-elementary.


University of Chester has courses which touch on Attachment, Dyslexia, Low Arousal and Learning, Autism and the SEND Code of Practice 2015.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/faculty-of-education-and-childrens-services-30067575962.


TED talks are a great way to broaden your knowledge in different areas of education. https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_bodekaer_this_virtual_lab_will_revolutionize_science_class.


Studio 3 will be hosting a free webinar every Tuesday at 3pm UK Time (BST) on a series of topics from a range of speakers. These will be hour long live presentations with an hour of discussion in response to questions posted during the presentation. https://www.studio3.org/free-webinars


Teacher Development Trust webinars  - cpdconnectup (hosted by David Weston)



Herts for learning have a great blog section. There is one for every subject, but the link to the English Blog is below 



Pie Corbett Talk for writing have produced some home learning booklets for each year group. These are the first booklets, but they are going to release more soon. 



CLPE have some great free resources. This section suggests core books and has some great free resources. You need to register with the site, but it is free and can access lots of useful information 




Literacy shed has lots of clips that can be used to inspire writing at home 



The National Literacy trust has great access to CPD and support. They have also added some bits for home learning. Again, you have to register, but it is free and is a useful organisation to be a member of 



Epic reading offers free books online. Children have to register individually, which can be difficult now, but teachers can register and use the books for whole class work in distance learning 



Mrs P Teach has posted whole class reading sessions part 1 and 2 on her Facebook page. She provided some great insights into supporting fiction with non-fiction. Very informative and only 45 minutes each. http://www.mrspteach.com/2020/04/reading-cpd-videos.html.


Jane Considine (The Training Space) has posted seven fantastic writing sessions on YouTube. She is so passionate about teaching writing which is what makes this CPD so enjoyable. https://www.youtube.com/user/Devouefrenchbulldogs


The Virtual Classroom with James Clements: Teaching Reading-decoding, comprehension and fluency. There are 5 webinars which explore some of the key aspects of English teaching in the primary classroom. Each session will introduce some big ideas based on research, consider the practical implications for teachers and schools and then share links to free resources and further reading. https://oupinternational.clickmeeting.com/the-virtual-classroom/register?region=uk.


Prospero Teaching – An Introduction to Teaching Phonics. https://prosperoteaching.com/quiz/phonics/.



On the Mr Barton maths podcast, he interviews guests from the world of education who interest and inspire him. He discusses their particular areas of interest, digs deep into their lesson planning process, and asks them to describe lessons that did not go so well and what they learned from the experience. http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/podcast/.


NCETM & Maths Hubs:

Kent & Medway Maths Hub has a wealth of resources and research to support teachers and leaders in developing their Teaching for Mastery journey in schools or departments. 

Direct link to these resources https://www.kandmmathshub.org/mastery

NCETM April Newsletter which includes some useful links.

Further resources can be accessed from NCETM (some of which may require a log-in, which can be created for free)

An introduction to the 5 big ideas (target audience secondary ITE, but useful for all) - https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/53929

Primary Mastery Professional Development materials (subject knowledge enhancement) – https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/50639 

Secondary Mastery Professional Development materials - https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/53449

Primary Assessment materials - https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/53231

Secondary Mastery Assesment Questions - https://www.ncetm.org.uk/files/66633120/secondary_assessment_materials_november_2017.pdf 





Other CPD providers:

Bar Model Company providing weekly free CPD - https://event.webinarjam.com/register/5/oyz3vun 

The Virtual Classroom with Andrew Jeffrey - series of webinars hosted by OUP international, find link on Twitter

Reddy Made Maths You Tube Channel

White Rose online CPD training, has a minimal cost to it - https://whiterosemaths.com/professional-development/online-training-courses/ 

Gareth Metcalfe online training, has a minimal cost to it - http://www.iseemaths.com/online-training/

Cambridge Maths : Espresso

Nrich PD


Podcasts :
Mr Barton
Finding Mastery
Infinite Monkey Cage
Maths Appeal

YouTube :
Mr Barton
Maths No Problem



Coronavirus - how to protect your mental health

Mindfulness/mental health courses via futurelearn

Headspace app

How we can help students to manage their mental health at this time


The NHS Every Mind Matters mental health support pages have been updated with relevant information for the Corona Virus pandemic. Information includes Staying Well at Home, and coping with children being off of school, as well as the challenges of working remotely.

You can also call Release the Pressure on 0800 107 0160, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

MHFA England have some really useful information on their website

Able Futures delivers the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Able Futures are a team of mental health professionals providing support to help you cope with work while you manage a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or stress. They are not currently offering face to face sessions but telephone support is available: https://able-futures.co.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/coronavirus-and-anxiety/

The following mental health charities also have useful information available:

Young Minds for the younger people in our communities:

Mental Health Foundation, some excellent information:


Digital resources and guides



Medway Young People’s Wellbeing service helplines



Kent and Medway Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing and Mental Health Services and All-age Eating Disorder Service

  • Out of Hours Mental Health 0300 555 1000 (MHD Line)
  • In Hours Mental Health 0300123 4496 (Kent SPA) or 0300 300 1981 (Medway SPA)
  • Kent & Medway All-age Eating Disorders Service: 0300 300 1980


Links to two MFL gurus on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/spsmith45 - Steve Smith

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGY2izfuwi1NfX34zekAXg Gianfranco Conti


During ‘lockdown’ many people have drawn solace from the creative arts, especially music, as demonstrated by social and mainstream broadcast media. Therefore it is obviously important that children can continue to access musical learning opportunities when they are being home-schooled.


Children who have instrumental lessons should, of course, continue to practise their instrument if they have it at home. Some music teachers are able to offer music lessons over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. If your child learnt with Dynamics, the Medway music hub have a look here: https://www.dynamicsmedway.co.uk/ 

One of the MTSA Primary Music Forum members is offering online flute, recorder, singing, ukulele, piano and Arts Award lessons – contact her on jovoicemusic@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested.

As a general rule, a little practice every day is far better than one huge session once a week. If children have reached the point of learning scales on their instrument, now is really good time to get to grips with these – time which will be rewarded over and over again in the coming years of playing!

Parents may find this guide useful: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/inspire/support/how-to-support-your-child-s-practice-at-home/


General music resources for home-school online learning (please note age ranges are approximate – you may find suitable resources you can use or adapt within a different age range section):

This https://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/07/the-40-best-sources-free-music-education-online/ contains a list of 40 free resource put together in 2012 for a wide range of ages (links within the pages linked to from here have not been checked, but all the links listed here were working at the time of producing this list).

BBC Arts ‘Culture in Quarantine’, again for a wide range of ages, has a music section: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts

This list of online home-school music education resources has been put together by another music teacher: https://www.music-education.co.uk/home-schooling.html#

This twitter page (you don’t need to use Twitter to access it) has great suggestions for listening to music: https://twitter.com/musicinmindcio



The Royal Opera House has been live streaming operas and ballets on YouTube. Peter & The Wolf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF8iuOW7BwA is particularly appropriate for children, and uses different instruments of the orchestra to represent each character – perhaps you can work out or find out which instruments represent each character...

Andrew Lloyd-Webber has also been live streaming his shows https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag but parents will need to judge the suitability of each for their children.

The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall is now free https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/

While the London Symphony Orchestra are here: https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/2019-20-season/alwaysplaying.html

Or if folk music is more your thing: https://www.englishfolkexpo.com/lockdown-live/


General Primary:

There are plenty of daily activities here: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/

This https://learning-platform.roh.org.uk/create-and-learn has some lovely wider arts education activities.

Make junk instruments from your recycling with this guide: http://www.beatgoeson.co.uk/junk-percussion-guide/

Take part in some online singing: https://youtu.be/Gxk0LAnPwr0 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaAn6bWypQY or http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk/ or https://collins.co.uk/pages/support-learning-at-home-free-childrens-song-bank

Learn about the instruments of the orchestra here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2020/april/meet-the-orchestra-with-alberts-band/

A parent found this activity and sent it in: https://www.classicsforkids.com/

Evelyn Glennie proves you don’t need instruments to make music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SRqDPT7ZDk



Listen to 'Carnival of the Animals' https://youtu.be/1L993HNAa8M and think about each animal as you listen to each section of the music. Can you walk on the spot or move around the room to the pulse (or ‘beat’)? The pulse will be fast for some animals and slow for others. Maybe you could move around just like the animals would? When you’ve finished, you could draw your favourite animal and write down some words (or ask your grown-up to help you) describing the music of your favourite animal.

You can find nursery rhymes and simple songs to sing here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents/parents-birth-to-five/nursery-rhymes-and-songs-early-years-parents

There are some lovely activities from the BBC here:


4 EYFS suitable ‘Body Beats’ activities from Ollie from ‘Beat Goes On’:

for context, you might want to watch this first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nzFHmgPGk







BBC Ten Pieces classical music activities for younger children:


More music learning ideas from the BBC:


Browser based music software: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/ks1-music-tech



BBC Ten Pieces activities for older primary children:


Perform your own mini-musical with these: https://www.theschoolmusicalscompany.com/collections/home-learning-resources-songs-and-scenes

This is the first of several Body Beats activity videos (do them all!): https://youtu.be/j4mZhv9HS-g

KS2 Browser based music software: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/ks2-music-tech

Weekly activities from BBC Ten Pieces:


Older primary pupils would also enjoy experimenting with writing their own music – see the Composing software and ideas section below.



KS3 & 4 Browser based music software: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/ks2-music-tech https://leicestershiremusichub.org/music-tech-ks3 https://leicestershiremusichub.org/music-tech-ks4

BBC Bitesize KS3 Music: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmsvr82

BBC Bitesize GCSE Music: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpf3cdm

Seneca Edexcel GCSE Music: https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free&Age+Group=GCSE&Subject=Music

Pupils studying GCSE or A-level music could use the lockdown to progress their compositions. 


Composing software & ideas:

https://www.icancompose.com/inspiration/ (these could also be used as a great listening resource)





Children with access to iPhones, iPads or Mac computers will find GarageBand a great way to compose too. It is free from the App Store. This document explains how it can be used https://transformancemusic.org/product/teaching-music-garageband-ipad-2nd-edition-donate/

This contains a list of further music education iPad apps: https://leicestershiremusichub.org/free-secondary-music-technology

Mac users can also download GarageBand’s big brother, Logic Pro X, free for 90 days https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/ (and if you like making your own pop music videos in iMovie, you can get Final Cut Pro free for 90 days too from the Apple website)

Steinberg are offering 60days free of their Mac & PC software (before May 15th): https://new.steinberg.net/stayhome/

Audacity is available for Windows users too https://www.audacityteam.org/

Bandlab starter songwriting course: https://learning.inclusivemusic.com/courses/bandlab-for-schools-free-covid-19-edition

This link contains links to some other software too: https://www.kent-music.com/news/keep-music-education-going-at-home/


I hope these have proved useful. I will continue posting resources I find to my Twitter page: https://twitter.com/MusicSLE

Take care & stay safe,

Richard Lock, Primary Music SLE



Oak National Academy, a new online classroom and resource hub, has launched to support teachers until schools re-open. The online classroom will provide free lessons and resources for pupils from reception through to year 10. As part of a collective response to the crisis, 40 teachers will be producing over 180 free online lessons each week, which will cover a range of subjects from English and maths to arts and languages.


Teachers are doing all they can for pupils in these challenging times and have had to make significant changes to their practice very quickly. These resources are designed and developed by teachers to offer support during this period. Teachers are free to choose how to use it - follow the full curriculum on offer, or signpost students to some of the resources and lessons available.


All resources, lessons and more information can be accessed here: http://oaknat.uk/2 Oak




Teach Sustainable Development Goals, skills and values with Lyfta. Switch on your webcam and connect to Lyfta's inspiring webinar CPD course, where you will bring your curriculum to life with Finland’s award-winning immersive global learning resource. Lyfta is used in hundreds of British schools to teach Literacy, Geography, PSHE, SMSC, Art, Science and Global Citizenship. This is an accredited British Council course. lyfta.com/freecpdtraining

As part of Anti-Bullying Alliance’s ‘All Together programme’ they have developed a suite of free online training for anyone that works with children and young people. The programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but it applies to all children. The training is free to complete online from any computer/tablet. Find the training at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/schools-and-teachers/free-cpd-online-training

Thinkuknow offers a range of training courses for those who work directly with children and young people; Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO) is e-learning in partnership with the NSPCC, the Thinkuknow Introduction Course and the CEOP Ambassador Course.

Find out more on their website at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/training/

Disability Matters offers free online learning packages to enable organisations, workers and volunteers to develop the communication and problem-solving skills required to engage confidently with disabled children and young people. Access the online learning on their website at  www.disabilitymatters.org.uk/

Gender nonconforming Young People: Working in partnership with GIRES (the Gender Identity Research and Education Society), Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has created an online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people. Access the course is via the GIRES website at www.gires.org.uk/e-learning/caring-for-gender-nonconforming-young-people

Identifying Sexual Behaviours (Brookes Guide) This innovative resource from Brookes helps practitioners who work with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. It uses a ‘traffic light tool’ to categorise sexual behaviours, to increase understanding of healthy sexual development and to distinguish this from harmful behaviour. Find the tool on their website at www.brook.org.uk/our-work/category/sexual-behaviours-traffic-light-tool

The NSPCC has a range of online safeguarding and child protection training courses for anyone working or volunteering with children and young people. Read more and find the courses at learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/our-elearning-courses/

The MindEd ‘Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour‘ online module is aimed at a universal audience and provides the background to self harm in children and teenagers, common associated conditions and the optimal approach to managing it in the community. Find this resource on their website at www.minded.org.uk

Virtual College have produced a range of free e-learning courses in subjects such as Safeguarding Children, Health and Well-Being, Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes, An Introduction to GDPR, Understanding Young Minds, Female Genital Mutilation, Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE, Awareness of Forced Marriage, Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and Get Moving, Get Healthy.

Access these courses and more at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses

Virtual College also have useful resource packs, infographics and other resources available to down load from their website at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources

Keeping them Safe: an Interactive Online Training Package dealing with Child Sexual Exploitation https://paceuk.info/training/keep-them-safe/


Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM (A free online safeguarding training course developed for the Home Office by Virtual College).


E-Learning on Prevent (This e-learning has been developed by HM Government following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. It has benefitted from the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others.) https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/edu/screen1.html

Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes - Free Online Course (Virtual College has worked with JDRF* to create a free course to give professionals a basic understanding of type 1 diabetes. Using a school as the setting, the free course follows a number of students with the autoimmune condition through their daily lives.) https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses/awareness-of-type-1-diabetes

Awareness of Forced Marriage - Free Online Course (This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.) https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses/awareness-of-forced-marriage

Modern Slavery Training: Resources from gov.uk NOTE- there are FREE resources and a paid element which students do not need to access https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modern-slavery-training-resource-page/modern-slavery-training-resource-page




Reach Out is providing 30 courses for teaching 5-11-year-olds covering everything from plants to planets. Each one provides teachers with concise topic knowledge and a whole raft of resources to use in class, including captivating short videos, practical activities and experiments, whiteboard visuals and more. https://www.reachoutcpd.com.

STEM.org have free online courses from STEM Learning. You’ll be supported by experienced educators to use their online courses to meet your development needs and help you maximise your students’ learning. You’ll access real classroom footage, discuss lessons with colleagues from around the world, and learn from leading experts in their respective fields. https://www.stem.org.uk/online-cpd.


Explorify has free online CPD with STEM Learning all about teaching primary science. They are packed with practical ideas to inspire curiosity and support scientific enquiry. https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/blog/teaching-primary-science-getting-started.


Primary Science Teaching Trust has lots of CPD for teaching science. https://pstt.org.uk/resources/cpd-units.


Royal Society of Chemistry CPD resources https://www.rsc.org/cpd/teachers/online

In addition to the links above there are a number of high quality science resources that teachers, children and parents can access free of charge.  The links are listed below :






Introducing British Sign Language 

Disability matters learning packages 

Understanding dyslexia 

Understanding Autism

Dyslexia awareness part 1 

Dyslexia awareness part 2 

Focus on SEN CPD

short video outlining the 5 key recommendations of the EEF’s new SEND Guidance report:



An introduction to the EEF's SEND Guidance Report

An introduction to the EEF's SEND Guidance Report



The Guidance Report offers five evidence-informed recommendations for supporting pupils with additional needs. And while we might not be in a position to enact these right now, this may be an opportunity to reflect and plan for provision in the new academic year, particularly for this vulnerable group of pupils. You can download the report here:



Historical Association – Making History: Using Archives in the Classroom. https://www.history.org.uk/secondary/module/3098/making-history-using-archives-in-the-classroom.


National Geographic’s free online courses for educators equip teachers with powerful tools to transform their classrooms. Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/professional-development/courses/.


STEM Learning Future Learn courses

All can be found here: stem.org.uk/online-cpd, there are lots, but some worth considering include:

  • Assessment for Learning (with Dylan William)

  • Differentiation for Learning (with Dylan William)

  • BfL (with Paul Dix/Tom Bennet)

  • The science of learning (from the ‘Secret lives of 5 year olds team)

Teacher Toolkit Podcasts Teacher Toolkit Webinar (require payment)

Podcasts: Search for these on any podcast player

Mr Barton’s maths podcast

Naylor’s Natter

Tes Podcast

Education Bookcase

The Learning Curve

Education Research Reading Room

The Learning Scientists

Evidence Based Education

Rebel Education Player

Form page to practice

We are in beta




Free CPD from @researchEdhome! The best and brightest minds in education beamed into your homes every weekday of the Summer term. You can watch live at 11 am or catch them later on our Youtube page. No registration, no charge, anyone is welcome. Free CPD from @ResearchEdhome 

Ted Ed

Dylan Wiliam

Tom Sherrington - Rosenshine Masterclass

Embedding Retrieval Throughout Your Teaching

Explicit Instruction with Choral Response, Think-Pair-Share, and Quizzing

Module: Introduction to assessment

Teaching for good behaviour 

Planning for learning: formative assessment 

Inclusive education 

Mentoring student teachers 

Introduction to GDPR 

Facilitating learning in practice 

Teaching sustainable development goals 

Supporting successful learning in secondary school 

Evaluating school classroom discussion 

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants 

Embedding employability skills in the curriculum 

Transforming education in challenging environments 

Teaching and learning tricky topics 

Education for all: disability, diversity and inclusion 

Differentiation for learning 

The science of learning 

Meeting the needs of diverse learners 

Leading blended professional learning 

Looking globally: the future of education 

Climate Change teacher free courses 

BBC Radio 4 have a series of 3 programmes: The Learning Revolution in which Alex Beard “imagines a world without school as we know it” over 3 programmes focused on Knowing, Teaching, Learning https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h93c/episodes/player

The EEF have recently published a review of research relating to distance learning.

NSPCC talks here about some of the issues relating to safeguarding children and young people while working from home.



Become an Apple Teacher. There are some great ideas on how to use Apple products in the classroom and I really enjoyed the unit on Swift coding. If you are already familiar with Apple products this training won’t take long at all and it’s great to have on your CV. https://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher.


Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator. There is a wealth of courses to develop your use of Microsoft technology in the classroom. You can also find ideas, classroom resources and lessons and earn badges along the way. https://education.microsoft.com/en-us.


Become Kahoot Certified. This training is quite easy to begin with as you just learn the basics of how to use Kahoot. As you progress through the sessions you can learn how to create your own Kahoot! And use them for formative assessment. You earn diplomas and digital badges along the way. https://kahoot.com/certified.