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Why it is a huge mistake to get rid of parent governors on school boards

Why it is a huge mistake to get rid of parent governors on school boards Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Updated 25 May 2016
By scraping elected parents from school boards, the government is removing a vital source of knowledge and undermining a democratic system of...

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'.

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?

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...

What's the problem with the government's plans for our schools?

What's the problem with the government's plans for our schools? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
A new report suggests that schools planning has become hard to make sense of. The OU's Jacqueline Baxter shares a personal view of the state...

Five things you might like to know about Recovery Colleges

Five things you might like to know about Recovery Colleges Copyrighted image Copyright: Chakrapong Worathat | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Dec 2015
What is a Recovery College? When did they start? Dr Jonathan Leach explains in this five point guide.

The exclusion debate: Discussion hub

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The exclusion debate: Discussion hub Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 14 Jan 2015
Everyone has a right to education. But how do you manage to deliver that when pupils have been excluded?

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Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher....

Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers

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Learning to teach: mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Copyright: © 2014 The Open University
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 06 Jul 2016
This is the second of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Jul 2016
This is the fourth of four courses 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 Copyright: Copyright © 2014 The Open University
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This free course, Making sense of learning to teach, is the first of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. It draws on what we...

The interplay between leading and learning

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The interplay between leading and learning Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
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...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner (Chinese)

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“学会教学:成为反思型教学实践者”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。...

Teachers sharing resources online

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Teachers sharing resources online
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Nov 2014
This free course, Teachers sharing resources online, is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online...

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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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Sep 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...

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 28 Sep 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...

Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools

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Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning is supported in the key areas of language, mathematics and science in this work-based course.

Mathematical thinking in schools

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Mathematical thinking in schools Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics, with an emphasis on Key Stage 3, and broaden your ideas...