9 free CPD courses and webinars for teachers looking to upskill

These free online programmes will brush up your knowledge and expertise so you can thrive in the classroom next year

Last term was one of the most challenging the sector has ever seen. Now, the industry is gearing up for a brand new academic year, and while teachers are still grappling with the fallout of COVID-19, it’s fair to say that e-learning is very much still enjoying its moment in the spotlight.

Most institutions are getting set to offer entirely virtual or blended learning programmes, and teachers across the UK and the world are witnessing the sector transform in front of their eyes. So, if you want to polish up your knowledge and keep riding the digital learning wave, here’s a roundup of some of the best free CPD training courses and webinars that will help you upskill.

Exploring, adopting and leading digital practices – equipping teachers and managers for effective hybrid teaching and learning approaches

Code: CO825

Provider: Education & Training Foundation

Cost: Free

Date: 26/08/2020

Time: 09:30 – 10:30am GMT

This live webinar will present a selection of tools and approaches to support classroom practitioners and managers to get the best out of online teaching and learning. The session will shine a light on the challenges the sector has overcome when it came to planning for the upcoming year, as well the opportunities for successful teaching and learning through hybrid or blended delivery.

Click here to book your place. 

Strategies and solutions for mitigating COVID-19 learning loss

Sponsor: ACT Learning

Provider: Education Week

Cost: Free

Date: 27/08/2020

Time: 06:00 – 07:00pm GMT (02:00 – 03:00pm ET)

How can teachers help students make up for lost time caused by the pandemic? In this live webinar session, two education professionals will walk you through some of the most impactful research findings, uncovering various teaching methods that can be adapted for remote delivery, also highlighting ones that are less likely to be effective.

Click here to book your place. 

Supporting online learning

Provider: Veema

Host: Mathew Pullen

Cost: Free

Date: On-demand (originally broadcast 25/03/2020)

Length: 50 minutes

This on-demand webinar explores practical opportunities and demos in how to create an educational video and structure digital learning, on top of delving into the conventions of delivering learning in this way. From teaching online to growing your knowledge of the digital tools available, you’ll leave this session equipped with a sound understanding of the best ways to teach online for both you and your students.

Click here to watch for free.

Making AI an essential topic in your classroom

Provider: EdSurge

Cost: Free

Date: On-demand (originally broadcast 12/08/2020)

Length: 60 minutes

Learning and teaching about AI is often isolated by computer science or other specialised secondary disciplines. But with the growing influence of AI, supporting students’ understanding of its impact on everyday life is more crucial now then ever. Join a group of K12 experts for a discussion on why teaching AI across subjects and grade levels is important, as well as how to seamlessly integrate it with content area standards.

Click here to register to view. 

Practitioners’ reflections at the beginning of the ‘new normal’

Code: CO841

Provider: Education & Training Foundation

Cost: Free

Date: 28/08/2020

Time: 16:30 – 17:30pm GMT

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This programme gives teachers and education professionals the chance to reflect on the materials and ideas presented to them in previous webinars, sharing them with peers and reviewing the changes they have made to their own teaching practice in light of COVID-19, also discussing the impact these changes have had.

Click here to book your place.

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Understanding essential digital skills CPD programme

Code: CO842

Provider: Education & Training Foundation

Cost: Free

Date: 02/09/2020 (booking closes 31/08/2020)

Time: 14:00 – 15:30pm GMT

This interactive course will offer you an overview of the Essential Digital Skills (EDS) framework and standards, also covering the resources and tools available to support teachers and education leaders. It will give you a chance to refine your knowledge and confidence to deliver EDS qualifications and share best practice advice with your peers.

Click here to book your place. 

How to humanise online learning to maximise student success

Provider: EdSurge

Cost: Free

Date: On-demand (originally broadcast 19/06/2020)

Length: 60 minutes

Throughout this webinar, you’ll gain insight from an expert panel of educators who examine the ways that successful digital programmes are humanising their approach, complete with course design and instruction that emphasise people as much as technology. Delve into the ways that online learning experiences that are designed to be human-centred can greatly benefit learners and enhance student success.

Click here to watch on-demand. 

Providing age-appropriate virtual learning for K3 students

Provider(s): Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Education Week

Cost: Free

Date: 17/09/2020

Time: 06:00 – 07:00pm GMT (02:00 – 03:00pm ET)

As education wages on within the virtual space, the need to support K3 learners is ever-growing. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn about the strategies schools are using to support their youngest students and uncover best practice for assessment in remote or blended environments.

Click here to book your place. 

The connected educator: why collaboration is key in distance, blended and classroom learning

Provider(s): Edmodo and Education Week

Cost: Free

Date: On-demand (originally broadcast 22/07/2020)

Length: 60 minutes

From elevating confidence to enhancing critical thinking, it’s well-known that classroom collaboration helps learners build valuable skills that are essential for success in an increasingly digital world. But what do we know about collaboration and its benefits beyond the typical student-student model? What happens to school environments, student outcomes and mental health when learners are active players in their own education? This expert-led webinar explores.

Click here to watch on-demand. 


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