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Free courses for teachers and student teachers

Free courses for teachers and student teachers Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock Updated content
Updated 22 Jun 2016
The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher...

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students?

What is the Golem Effect - and how does it harm bilingual students? Creative commons image Enrico under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
Teachers who can only speak one language can, through the Golem Effect, hurt students who are able to communicate in more than a single tongue,...

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short, exclusive clip Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old School' are unlike any other mentoring project....

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people

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The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short video Hairy Biker, Si King, touches on how loneliness is combated in an intergenerational project like 'Old School'. 

The learning design word wheel

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The learning design word wheel Creative commons image Alan Bell under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Are you creating a course? The Open University's Learning Design team have created a word wheel to help shape your planning...

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

Old School With The Hairy Bikers Copyrighted image Copyright: Maverick/BBC
Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society. Can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

Tell us how you learn online

Tell us how you learn online Copyrighted image Copyright: Pavel Losevsky | Dreamstime.com
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The OU is a partner in a project that's keen to discover how people learn online in 2016 - to shape how we all learn in the future. If you've got a...

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too

Social mobility isn’t just about 18-year-olds: adults need life chances too Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
With part-time and disabled students being the most vulnerable in the sector, the government needs to safeguard rather than cut the...

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes Creative commons image SteHLiverpool under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
The 2016 Budget included an announcement that all local authority schools in England would be forced to become academies. It's the end of a local...

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Secondary learning

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Secondary learning Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) istockphoto.com / Catherine Yeulet New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Secondary learning, will identify and explore some of the key issues around learning and teaching in secondary schools. Through...

Assessment in secondary modern foreign languages

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Assessment in secondary modern foreign languages Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) istockphoto.com / Catherine Yeulet New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Assessment in secondary modern foreign languages, will identify and explore some of the key issues around assessing modern...

Teaching secondary modern foreign languages

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Teaching secondary modern foreign languages Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) istockphoto.com / Catherine Yeulet New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Teaching secondary modern foreign languages, will identify and explore some of the key issues around teaching modern foreign...

Teaching secondary mathematics

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Teaching secondary mathematics Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) istockphoto.com / Catherine Yeulet New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Teaching secondary mathematics, will identify and explore some of the key issues around teaching mathematics in secondary schools...

Assessment in secondary mathematics

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Assessment in secondary mathematics Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) istockphoto.com / Catherine Yeulet New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Assessment in secondary mathematics, will identify and explore some of the key issues around assessing mathematics in secondary...

Teaching secondary science

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Teaching secondary science New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Teaching secondary science, will identify and explore some of the key issues around science pedagogy in secondary schools....

Assessment in secondary science

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Assessment in secondary science New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Assessment in secondary science, will identify and explore some of the key issues around science assessment practice in secondary...

Assessment in secondary music

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Assessment in secondary music Copyright free image Copyright free: courtesy Jason Kubilius New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Assessment in secondary music, will identify and explore some of the key issues around assessing music in secondary schools....

Teaching secondary music

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Teaching secondary music Copyright free image Copyright free: courtesy Jason Kubilius New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Teaching secondary music, will identify and explore some of the key issues around teaching music in secondary schools. Through...

Assessment in secondary geography

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Assessment in secondary geography Creative commons image Chris Lofquist; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ under Creative-Commons license New content
Advanced level Duration 11 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Assessment in secondary geography, will identify and explore some of the key issues around assessing geography in secondary...

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

BA (Honours) Early Years

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BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your practice? This degree course provides a solid, practical...

Learning through enquiry in primary schools

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Learning through enquiry in primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Update your knowledge and understanding of how primary-age children learn and develop your skills in observing, evaluating and supporting children...

Difficulties in literacy development

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Difficulties in literacy development Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Explore appropriate curriculum responses to the needs of children as well as the wider issues relevant to adults who experience difficulty in...