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Careers education and guidance free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Careers education and guidance

Successful transitions – whether from lower secondary to upper secondary, into work-based training or university, or into work at any age – are life-enhancing for individuals and crucial to our future social and economic well-being. They are also an indicator of a good school. This free course, Careers education and guidance (CEG), discusses what a school's personal development programme should provide, and how all teachers have a role in securing successful transitions for their students.  PLEASE NOTE: This course is over 10 years old and due for academic review. You may find infomation that has become dated in its current contents, such as the mention of Connexions.

Free course
8 hrs
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Education & Development 

Teaching mathematics

  This free course, Teaching mathematics, has been designed for non-specialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds, teaching assistants, home schoolers and parents and draws on the established provision of mathematics education at the Open University. It can also be used as Continuing Professional Development by individuals or groups of teachers. The authors have many years’ experience of teaching mathematics in the classroom and in Initial and Continuing Teacher Education.    

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

History as commemoration

Commemoration – remembering and marking your past – makes an important contribution to our sense of community. This free course, History as commemoration, considers ways in which written texts, memorials, letters and photographs can all serve to commemorate events, people and values we wish to remember from our past.

Free course
4 hrs
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Education & Development 

Global perspectives on primary education

This free course, Global perspectives on primary education, provides an introduction to comparative education studies and will compare and contrast primary schooling around the world. You will look into classrooms and hear from teachers, teacher educators and policy makers from a range of education settings and countries. You will also learn about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the agenda for free, universal, quality education.

Free course
9 hrs
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Money & Business 

You and your money

An important aspect of personal finance is the way in which individuals and households manage their debt, how much it costs and the different types of credit they can or cannot access. This free course, You and your money, explores these issues, with respect to the wider, changing, social and economic context.

Free course
12 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Fire ecology

This course explores the role of fire as a natural disturbance in ecosystems. It introduces the concept of a fire regime and its influence on the type and distribution of organisms that occur in fire prone ecosystems. It also looks at some of the adaptations of plants that have evolved in these ecosystems and how animals either avoid or exploit the consequences of fire as a natural disturbance. Finally it examines how fire can increase biodiversity by generating a mosaic of habitats within an ecosystem and briefly addresses some of the consequences of climate change and global warming on the intensity and frequency of fires.

Free course
4 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Blood and the respiratory system

‘Don’t hold your breath’ is an expression you’ve probably heard many times, but may not have thought too much about. In this free course, Blood and the respiratory system, you’ll study why respiration is so important for life, including how air enters and leaves the lungs, how oxygen is transported in the blood, the many dynamic factors that control breathing, and some diseases that affect respiration.

Free course
10 hrs
Early years team work and leadership free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Early years team work and leadership

This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Free course
8 hrs
Cynllunio dyfodol gwell free course icon

Education & Development 

Cynllunio dyfodol gwell

Mae Cynllunio dyfodol gwell yn gwrs rhagarweiniol ar gyfer unrhyw un sy'n ystyried newid swydd, sydd eisiau gwybod sut i symud i fyny'r ysgol neu ddychwelyd i'r gwaith ar ôl seibiant, a rhai sy’n awyddus i anelu at bethau gwell.        

Free course
15 hrs
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Education & Development 

Planning a better future

Planning a better future is an introductory course for anyone considering changing jobs, wondering how to move up the ladder or return to work after a break, and those who might be looking to aspire to better things.

Free course
15 hrs
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Education & Development 

Supporting children's development

Supporting children’s development is an introductory course for anyone who is interested in children’s development, especially support staff in schools, such as teaching assistants. It builds on your knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of children from the early years to school leavers. You will be introduced to some core ideas surrounding development and learning, behaviour, special needs and disabilities.

Free course
15 hrs
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Cefnogi datblygiad plant free course icon

Education & Development 

Cefnogi datblygiad plant

Mae Cefnogi datblygiad plant yn gwrs rhagarweiniol ar gyfer unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb yn natblygiad plant, yn enwedig staff cymorth mewn ysgolion, megis cynorthwywyr addysgu. Mae’n adeiladu ar eich gwybodaeth a’ch sgiliau er mwyn datblygu dealltwriaeth ddyfnach o blant - o’r blynyddoedd cynnar i oed gadael ysgol. Byddwch yn cael cyflwyniad i syniadau craidd yn ymwneud â datblygu a dysgu, ymddygiad, anghenion arbennig ac anableddau.

Free course
15 hrs
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