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Science, Maths & Technology 

Mathematical thinking in schools

This module is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics. It is suitable for any Key Stage, and will broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

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Education & Development 

Resources for Primary School Teachers

If you work in a Primary school setting and want to further your professional development, you might find these free resources useful.

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Education & Development 

Resources for Teaching Assistants

Are you a practitioner working in Early Years, primary or secondary settings? If so you'll find these free resources useful.

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Education & Development 

Are schools the best place for children to learn?

During the COVID-19 pandemic many children have found themselves having to study at home, but is this a bad thing? Professor Jonathan Rix explores...

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A brief history of sex education

Michael Reiss looks at sex education, and how it has changed from the second world war to the modern day

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Design a school

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 design process?

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Society, Politics & Law 

Chinese education: How do things work?

How is education structured in China? This article explores...

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Education & Development 

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach. Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher. This free course, Becoming a reflective practitioner, explains what is meant by reflective practice and how to ensure that reflection leads to learning. As a beginner teacher you will encounter many contradictions and challenges in school; you will learn to teach in a particular context but will need to be able to transfer your learning to new contexts. Critical reflection will help you to do this. This free course explores the different models of critical reflection, knowledge of which will help you to structure your practice and evaluate whether you are reflecting and therefore learning effectively.

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5 hrs
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Education & Development 

The interplay between leading and learning

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 learners, of colleagues in curriculum or project development, or more formally. Everyone also has the opportunity for learning. This free course, The interplay between leading and learning, explores the complex set of interactions between those involved for example, teachers and pupils, trainers and trainees, youth workers and young people.

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8 hrs
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Education & Development 

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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 classroom or teaching assistant (or in an equivalent school support role) the Certificate of Higher Education in Supporting Teaching and Learning in primary schools will extend your skills in the classroom, develop your professional knowledge and expertise and boost your career opportunities. It combines work-based learning with academic study to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support primary-aged children in their school learning. You’ll need to be an experienced classroom or teaching assistant, experienced volunteer or equivalent working with children aged from 4 to 11 years (up to 12 years in Scotland) in a primary school.

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School follows the experiences of pupils, teachers, parents and school leaders, across an academic year.

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So what is a ‘multi-academy trust'? article icon

Education & Development 

So what is a ‘multi-academy trust'?

As an increasing number of state secondary schools become academies, Dr Jane Cullen examines the education system.

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