Free Teacher Professional Development Opportunities

Free Courses

Calling all PGCE trainee teachers and teachers seeking free professional development opportunities!! All of the courses outlined below are free online courses that will help enhance your subject knowledge helping you to become a more informed and hopefully effective teacher.

Especially if you are a PGCE student wanting to get a head start on your teacher training year this will give you a perfect summer professional development project.

If you know of any other courses that could be added to the list please let us know.

Free CPD opportunities
Course title Links
Pastoral /wellbeing Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teaching-students-trauma
We all have mental health: an introduction for teachers https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/elearning-for-teachers
Child protection for teachers https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/child-protection-teachers
Making sense of mental health problems https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/making-sense-mental-health-problems/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Keeping them safe https://paceuk.info/training/keep-them-safe/
Young people and their mental health https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/young-people-mental-health
ACEs: Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences & Early Trauma https://www.acesonlinelearning.com/
Professional relationships with young people https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/professional-relationships-young-people/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Recognising and preventing FGM https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses/recognising-and-preventing-fgm
Emotional intelligence at work https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/emotional-intelligence-at-work
Understanding young minds https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/safeguarding/understanding-young-minds
Introduction to child psychology https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/childhood-youth/introduction-child-psychology/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Get moving, get healthy https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/health-and-safety/get-moving-get-healthy
Bullying in schools https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/peer-bullying
Understanding depression and low mood in young people https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/depression-young-people
SEN Introducing British Sign Language https://www.british-sign.co.uk/learn-online-british-sign-language-course/
Disability matters learning packages https://www.disabilitymatters.org.uk/Catalogue/TileView
Understanding dyslexia https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/education/understanding-dyslexia/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Understanding Autism https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/understanding-autism/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab
Ed Tech Education technology leadership in schools https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/education-technology-leadership-in-schools
Take your teaching online https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/education/take-your-teaching-online/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab
Impact of technology https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/impact-of-technology
The online educator: people and pedagogy https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-online-educator
Understanding technology in evidence-based teaching and learning https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning
Introduction to speech, language and communication https://www.topsypage.com/blog/2019/8/2/communication-trust-course?rq=Communication
English grammar in context https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/education/english-grammar-context/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Understanding language: learning and teaching https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-language
Understanding language and learning https://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/understanding-language-and-learning/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Involving the family in supporting pupils’ literacy https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/education/involving-the-family-supporting-pupils-literacy-learning/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Language development for teachers https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/2a5d304c-e8fd-47f6-abaa-16690c90f4d2
Literacy in science https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/28e73a94-15be-44ba-b967-d3fb671c12fc
Girls in STEM: closing the STEM gap https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/course/c3c376f8/overview
Teaching mathematics https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/teaching-mathematics/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab
Using visualisation in maths teaching https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/using-visualisation-maths-teaching/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
RE Muslims and Islam https://mailchi.mp/pewresearch.org/muslims-and-islam-course
Politics and society https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/politics-and-society-courses/religion
Research
Education research that matters https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ways-of-researching
Cognitive science for teachers level 1 https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/9f6bf15c-23fe-401c-810a-3bc66d761885
Cognitive science for teachers level 2 https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/aebdbb79-c863-4eca-ab3f-31e5120f5fb0
Metacognition for teachers https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/d1277cd6-7205-4511-8d95-1f1ed341ae69
Dual coding for teachers https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/9375f141-2704-49d8-a754-e142c7aad967/section/3ed336fc-89f0-4dba-b853-4c9f61a0d3ed/section-overview
Rosenshine masterclass with Tom Sherrington https://teacherhead.com/2020/03/16/rosenshine-masterclass-captured-free-cpd/
Teaching and learning
Planning for learning: formative assessment https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/planning-for-learning
Inclusive education https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inclusive-education
Mentoring student teachers https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning-teach-mentoring-and-tutoring-student-teachers/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Introduction to GDPR https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/compliance/introduction-to-gdpr
Supporting successful learning in secondary school https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/supporting-learning-secondary
Embedding employability skills in the curriculum https://www.tes.com/institute/embedding-employability-skills-CPD
Transforming education in challenging environments https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/transforming-education
Teaching and learning tricky topics https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning/teaching-and-learning-tricky-topics/content-section-overview?active-tab=description-tab
Education for all: disability, diversity and inclusion https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/education-for-all
Assessment for teachers https://app.senecalearning.com/classroom/course/04e36b88-c9c6-47ac-8a4b-54b9ceeea532
Leading blended professional learning https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/course/38ba2124/overview
Looking globally: the future of education https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/making-sense-mental-health-problems/
Climate Change teacher free courses https://unccelearn.org/educcate/
Leadership
Leadership and context https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/leadership-and-context/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Introduction to Cloud for leaders https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/course/46b3faaa/overview
Exploring educational leadership https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/exploring-educational-leadership/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Early career teachers Becoming a reflective practitioner https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning-teach-becoming-reflective-practitioner/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Learning to teach: an introduction to classroom research https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning-teach-introduction-classroom-research/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Learning to teach: making sense of learning to teach https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning-teach-making-sense-learning-teach/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab
Professional development for early career teachers https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/early-career-teachers

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