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.
The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher professional development and classroom practice. They may also offer support to and guidance for those having to homeschool their children during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This free course, Geography in education: exploring a definition, is aimed at geography teachers, or those with an interest in studying or teaching geography. It looks at the contribution that geography can make in the education of young people and the characteristics and purpose of geography as a subject.
Is your science teaching very western-oriented? This free course, A global dimension to science education in schools, is aimed at those teachers who would like to give a more global feeling to their teaching. You will learn how to source scientific articles with a greater emphasis on science and technology beyond the western world and experience how such articles can be incorporated into teaching within the National Curriculum.
It is important to learn from classroom discussions, both for pupils and teachers. This free course, Evaluating school classroom discussion, will help you, as a teacher, to evaluate such discussions in order to help students develop their understanding and use of spoken language. The ability to use language as a tool for constructing and sharing knowledge is applicable across the whole curriculum.
Has the emphasis on raising educational standards in the UK led to adult-led learning replacing play? This free course, The role of play in children's learning, will help teachers ------ the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground, as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity.