Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

Quality CPD for Schools, Universities, trainee teachers, ECTs, returning teachers and support staff

31 August 2023

As term looms, you may be looking for CPD courses which are first class and free, for those going into teacher training, returning teachers, ECTs, support staff.

Look no further!

Available on the FutureLearn platform are two free online courses, go-at-your-own-pace and offering resources and ideas to use within the classroom, as well as guidance about how children learn, the environment for learning, including analysing behaviour, communication and language.

“The Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers recommends that those considering a career in primary and secondary school teaching give consideration to taking these courses. They are also appropriate for serving teachers and support staff”.

Supporting Successful Learning in Primary Schools has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time. ‘It is an excellent course, well put together, concise and informative with a good presentation’. Aimed at support staff this course has also proven highly useful to those wanting to train as a teacher: ‘Very grateful I was able to do this course before starting my school direct PGCE in September’.

This course Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary Schools is particularly useful to those thinking of going into teaching: ‘This was an excellent course that I would highly recommend as it will benefit those coming into the secondary environment and also challenge those already there to make adjustments where needed. The content was well presented, used thought provoking questions and was supported with excellent additional content to download. It will help you to see things from all perspectives’. It is also useful to those who are already teaching: ‘As a secondary teacher I found the course was very useful and relevant for my background. I am looking forward to putting into practice all I learned’.

Professor Helen Bilton

University of Reading