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Teacher Practice Skills

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Our CPD courses for teachers to update their skills while in the classroom have been designed specifically to fit into teacher workloads, so they can easily be studied through one full term. 

The courses enable you to try out techniques as you study, giving immediate impact in the classroom. Most courses are valid at both Primary and Secondary phases.

These short courses offer:

  • Up to 30 hours of online CPD – this does not mean you spend all 30 hours in front of the computer, some of this time will allow you the opportunity to reflect on the course materials and relate your learning to your workplace.
  • Full learning support – our learning advisers are available online to provide support through personal email or open forum discussions.
  • Personal feedback – on work-based activities making for a truly individual experience.
  • Work based activity (WBA) – there are two types of WBA’s for these courses; most are designed with an integrated activity, which forms the foundation of your work-based activity with some added reflection. Others are designed with a reflective question at the end, drawing together the full learning of the course and applying it to your work situation.
  • A certificate of completion – upon successful submission of your WBA, you will receive a certificate that can be used as evidence of CPD for your employer or professional body; it details the number of hours you have studied and the learning outcomes you have completed.

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You will not gain academic credit from studying these courses. If you are looking to study for credit or gain a qualification (degree, diploma or certificate), please visit our undergraduate prospectus.

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