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You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK?

You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 09 Oct 2014
Are we heading for a future of teachers who can talk the talk but lack the deeper knowledge and professional resilience that is the hallmark and...

Trojan Horse: Snap school inspections will not solve wider governance issues

Trojan Horse: Snap school inspections will not solve wider governance issues Creative commons image Credit: Hugo Pereira under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence
Updated 10 Jun 2014
In June 2014 inspection reports on 21 schools in Birmingham accused of involvement in the “Trojan Horse” affair over alleged Islamic extremism...

Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times

Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 17 Apr 2014
The case of Park View School raises questions about Ofsted's independence, writes the OU's Jacqueline Baxter.

Science outreach in schools

Science outreach in schools Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Mar 2014
There were so many questions that I had to stop taking them so that the children could finish school on time.

Design a school

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Design a school Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Sep 2012
As a new academic year gets under way, some schools are settling in to new premises. But what sort of choices and trade-offs are made during the...

Thinking Allowed - Opera and grammar schools

Thinking Allowed - Opera and grammar schools Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2011
In this week's Thinking Allowed, the focus is on the popularity of opera in Venezuela and Wales, and grammar schools and social mobility

Thinking Allowed - neo-liberalism and middle class schools

Thinking Allowed - neo-liberalism and middle class schools Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Nov 2011
The Hazards of Neo-Liberalism and white, middle class children in urban schools are the subjects explored in this week's Thinking Allowed

Summer's over; Back to school

Summer's over; Back to school Copyrighted image Credit: Alberto Tentoni | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2011
The weather is turning, the days are getting shorter... and for some of us, the summer holidays are almost all gone.

What makes a great school? Oxley Park

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What makes a great school? Oxley Park
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2011
Success in attracting pupils to Oxley Park has meant design challenges to fit enough classrooms - but pupils are still enthusiastic about their...

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Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Mar 2014
This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified...

Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach

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Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © 2014 The Open University
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the first of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. This unit draws on what we know about how people learn to become...

Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers

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Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Credit: © 2014 The Open University
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Feb 2014
This is the second of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
This is the third of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Teachers sharing resources online

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Teachers sharing resources online
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jan 2014
This unit is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online repositories, i.e. websites that allow for the...

The interplay between leading and learning

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The interplay between leading and learning Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Jun 2012
Leadership in learning contexts is not confined to those who have it as part of their job title. Everyone has opportunities for leading - be it of...

Growing up with Disability

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Growing up with Disability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
In todays world growing up is tough - making friends, fitting in, changing schools. And it's even harder for children with disabilities. This album...

Art and architecture

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Art and architecture Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
The Louvre was designed to house a great art collection for the people of France. Was there a plan from the outset to build a canon of work where...

Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy

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Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Masters level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 04 Dec 2009
What happens if children aren’t making progress with language and literacy, and what sort of learning impairments might be the cause? How can the...

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014
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...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Nov 2014
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014
Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools

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Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014 Register by 17 Sep 2015
Develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning is supported in the key areas of language, mathematics and science in this work-based course.

Supporting learning in primary schools: APEL route

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Supporting learning in primary schools: APEL route Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This APEL route and its assessment will enable you to consider the knowledge and understanding you have gained through your experience of...

Learning through enquiry in primary schools

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Learning through enquiry in primary schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014 Register by 17 Sep 2015
Update your knowledge and understanding of how primary-age children learn and develop your skills in observing, evaluating and supporting children...

Mathematical thinking in schools

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Mathematical thinking in schools Creative commons image Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics, with an emphasis on Key Stage 3, and broaden your ideas...

Supporting learning in primary schools

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Supporting learning in primary schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014 Register by 17 Sep 2015
Develop your skills as a teaching assistant, widening your knowledge of primary education, and extending your ability to work productively with...