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CPD during the pandemic

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak we have had to cancel all our professional development events for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year. We have compiled a list of organisations offering online professional development for teachers and other school staff. Most of the organisations listed are currently providing free access to at least some of their online learning materials while others are charging either as a subscription or on a pay as you go basis.

We will aim to update this page as we find additional resources. Please let us know if there is a quality resource that we could add to the page.

Advanced Mathematics Support Programme
The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme is a government-funded initiative, managed by MEI. It aims to increase participation in Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and improve the teaching of these level 3 maths qualifications. The programme provides national support for teachers and students in state-funded schools and colleges in England. AMSP offer about 10 free online professional development programmes for maths teachers.

Alex Quigley Free Literacy Webinar
Alex Quigley Free Literacy Webinar – 5th June. During the course, Alex will address the various challenges that may impact the development of pupils’ literacy in these extraordinary times. He will also answer your most commonly asked questions, such as:

  • Will the literacy gap grow with extended school closures?
  • What is the reading gap and how do we close it?
  • How can pupils grow their vocabulary during school closures?
  • How can we help pupils to bounce back after school closures?

The webinar will run for an hour, and will be held twice in the hopes you can make either session. Register your place on one of the free literacy webinars:

British Council

CPD to help develop skills and confidence needed to integrate global learning themes into existing lessons, while also providing practical guidance on using international partnerships to enhance pupils’ learning.

Chartered College of Teaching

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers, dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils. The CCT is a membership organisation but a number of free resources are available on their website including a list of articles, blogs and resources about online, distance and home learning and CPD as well as themed collections of open access articles from Impact (CCT Journal).

Connecting Classrooms

A programme that supports schools to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that face the world. It helps teachers to bring global learning themes, centred on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), into their classrooms.

Dylan William

Dylan William has uploaded 3 short (about 20 min) videos to YouTube on “Why we need to raise achievement”, “What formative assessment is, and isn’t” and “Teacher Learning Communities”.


Educare provide online duty of care and safeguarding training. The company has recently become part of the TES. Educare are offering 7 courses, with a focus on ‘duty of care’, free of charge. To access the courses you will need to complete an online form with your details which will trigger an email to you with a link allowing you to ‘purchase’ the courses at no cost.

Future Learn

A diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

Hays Education

A range of new online courses around the best practice for remote working and wellbeing.

Kingsbridge Research School: Free Webinar: Metacognition and Remote Learning

This is a series of webinars based on the EEF’s Covid-19 guidance resources for schools. In each episode Kingsbridge Research School will present one area of the guidance resources, and bring in a selection of top tips from other EEF publications. Each episode will provide ‘best bets’ from research, a framework for implementation and helpful references for further development. The Series is written and produced by the Kingsbridge Research School in partnership with TSSW.
The first webinar, Metacognition and Home Learning, takes place on Thursday 14th May 11:00 – 12:00. To register for this FREE webinar, click the logo.

Mary Myatt

Mary Myatt has produced some free, online CPD resources including Curriculum, Differentiation vs Scaffolding and a draft planning unit.

Microsoft Education

Remote lesson advice and support from Microsoft Education

Microsoft Learning

Online IT training for a range of different applications from Microsoft Learning.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.
MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist. Register to create an account.

Music Education Solutions

Online music professional development modules – reduced cost to £10 from 17/3/20

National Association for Special Educational Needs

National Association for Special Educational Needs short miniguides on a range of topics within the sector.

National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Online CPD

OpenLearn from the Open University

Free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher professional development and classroom practice.

Optimus Education

Optimus Education are providing free resources to support teachers through this difficult time, including COVID-19 Safeguarding webinar.
Optimus have also unlocked two of their CPD-certified training courses for schools to use free of charge. The courses currently unlocked are ‘Understanding Stress and How to Manage It’ and ‘Differentiation in Practice’.
You need to register to access the resources.

Reeson Education CPD and training

Free access to a portfolio of cloud-based, accredited professional development and training courses.

ResearchEd Home

The best and brightest minds in education beamed into your homes every weekday of the Summer term. You can watch live at 11 am (GMT +1)
No registration, no charge, anyone is welcome. Check the programme here http://bit.ly/2RNI79k
Follow on Twitter (@researchEDHome) for up-to-date information.

ResearchEd Home

Watch any sessions you have missed on the ResearchEd Home YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3uPEgDH3pAhQe06533Zebw/featured
Follow on Twitter (@researchEDHome) for up-to-date information.

Rogers History

Range of different History CPD resources and general CPD

Rosenshine Masterclass Captured. Free CPD! -Tom Sherrington

In response to demand for Tom’s workshops and masterclasses on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, he has recorded a screen capture of him talking through the slides he uses for my one-day events.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Courses are designed to give an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry – free until August 2020.

SENECA Learning

SENECA is a free online homework and revision platform with courses ranging from KS2 to A Level. The GCSE and A Level courses are exam specific. In addition SENECA have 7 free teacher courses on assessment, cognitive science, dual coding, language development, literacy and metacognition. You need to sign up for a free account to access these courses.

Links to some free CPD resources specifically for teachers.

STEM Learning

STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They work with schools, colleges and others working with young people across the UK. STEM offer free online learning courses for teachers categorised as ‘early career’, ‘teaching’ and ‘leadership’. The online courses are delivered by STEM Learning and are hosted by FutureLearn.

Teach Computing

Online courses to help you teach computing or develop practice

Teaching Mathematics

Teaching mathematics, has been designed for non-specialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds.

TES Institute

A range of CPD courses designed for teachers and schools who are looking for ways to better engage with their students.

The Educational Success Partners and Best Practice Network

The Educational Success Partners and Best Practice Network have put together some free online CPD for teachers called the ‘School Suite’. Current CPD modules include The Teaching Toolkit – Pedagogy and Practice and The SEND Toolkit – Understanding SEND. You need to register for a free account to access.

The National College

The National College offer a range of webinars on topics including leadership, mental health, Ofsted, PHSE & RHSE, Research, Safeguarding & Teaching. Some of the webinars are recordings and available on demand, others are time specific with a limited number of participants. There is a fee of £50 per webinar, unless you or your organisation has a subscription. At the moment there are a small number of free webinars available, linked to the coronavirus, if you open a free account. The National College is a private company and has no connection with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) that closed in 2018.

With effect from 1st September 2021, Excalibur Teaching School Alliance ceases to exist in its current format. We will continue to offer CPD and ITT and we are working with the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub as a Lead Partner to support the delivery of the Early Careers Framework (Secondary) and the delivery of the new suite of National Professional Qualifications. You can contact us by email at AdminTSA@stjohns.excalibur.org.uk