• Continuing Professional development

    What we offer

    CECD staff have decades of experience in providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training for teachers and educational professionals. We adopt a portfolio approach to CPD for teachers, connecting our different training events as part of a coherent programme of development. This personalised portfolio approach allows teachers to develop best practice that is innovative, critical, cohesive and forward-thinking, while encouraging retention and the development of in-school expertise. At CECD we tailor the content of our CPD provision to meet the specific needs of educational practitioners and schools.

    In addition to our portfolio model, we design one-off CPD and training courses and events.

    We also offer the opportunity to transfer CPD experiences into academic credit that can be used towards the completion of one of our accredited postgraduate qualifications.

  • Supporting and developing Newly Qualified Teachers in their first year of teaching is hugely important. The NQT Training Programme has been developed to reinforce key subject knowledge areas, as well as provide informal links and support throughout the year.

    Each workshop will have a specific theme as well as focussed discussion about progress and support. Your on-going development as a primary teacher is our main aim.

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    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Children’s Literature and the Importance of Reading for Pleasure

    This course will be based on reading and findings with regards to best practice for sharing children’s books in the classroom. The course leader, Mat Tobin, will share his 17 years’ experience as a teacher and teacher educator combined with the most recent and relevant data relating to raising reading standards in the classroom. There is increasing evidence to show that teacher subject knowledge about children’s books is key to the raising of standards and so, with some structure based on Cremin’s work on Building Communities of Readers, we will look at developing our own attitudes as well as those of the school with regards to reading for pleasure in and out of the classroom. The activities planned will look to promote an ethos of support and sharing of great children’s literature throughout the school whilst also supporting teachers with the skills to ask rich, engaging questions and foster positive booktalk in their schools.

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    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Thinking, Doing, Talking Science

    In this programme, the course leader Helen Wilson will be sharing a wealth of proven strategies and resources from the recent Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funded project, “Thinking, Doing, Talking Science”. The project involved teachers from 42 Oxfordshire primary schools and over 1200 pupils. It focused on the development of lessons that encourage pupils’ thinking, through talking and doing science. The result was a win-win-win scenario: strategies for primary science lessons that teachers enjoy more, pupils enjoy more and are proven to improve pupils’ attainment in the subject. The project is now being scaled up in more than 200 schools in 7 different areas of the country.

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    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Problem Solving and Reasoning in Key Stages 1 and 2 Mathematics

    Problem solving and reasoning are two of the three aims of the National Curriculum for Maths. This course has been designed to:

    • Develop an understanding of effective practice in teaching and learning of, and through, problem solving and reasoning, looking at evidence both from this country and abroad.
    • Facilitate and support cross-school practical lesson study projects implementing problem solving and reasoning strategies, with a clear focus on improving pupil learning and engagement.
    • Support you in developing sustainable cross-school networks for continued school to school professional development.
    • Equip you to confidently plan and teach inspirational mathematics lessons that result in engagement of all pupils in meaningful learning activities and support the aims of the National Curriculum.

    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    DownLand Alliance NQT Programme 

    CECD worked with our partners in the Downland Alliance to provide NQT training with staff from the School of Education.

    Professional Skills Time Management: Working with other adults: Gain some practical top tips for successful time management of your two key most valuable resources –time and TAs –so you can achieve great learning outcomes and understand how you can develop strategies that ensure you make this year as successful and satisfying as possible for you and your students.

    Maths: Meeting the needs of all pupils: How do you ensure that each child in the class is making progress?

    Thinking, Doing, Talking Science: A win-win scenario: strategies for primary science lessons that are proven to improve pupils' attitudes towards and attainment in science. Helen Wilson will be sharing a wealth of strategies and resources from a recent Education Endowment Foundation funded project.

    Developing Literacy Through Literature: How do you develop literacy skills via literature and key texts? How do you find quality texts?

    Computing: We will be demystifying the language in the curriculum and drawing on your current practices to show you how, with a couple of simple tweaks, you can easily deliver the computing curriculum. You will come away from the session with ingenious ideas that you will be able to implement as soon as you get back to your classroom.

    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    ODST Essentials Aspirant Leaders’ professional development programme

    The programme aims to develop and support future leaders in our schools within the context of a multi-academy trust community. If you are in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of teaching we recognise that attractive and development opportunities to explore the ideas of leadership in a school are rare – particularly prior to taking on the responsibility. 
    This programme provides a chance to meet with other early career teachers, develop professional links and skills and add to your experiences in advance of any steps into leadership you may take next.

    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Mentor Training Programme

    Debbie Wright at Oxford Brookes University has developed a programme for Mentor Training opportunities for mentors in our placement schools. This training is suitable for those new to mentoring, experienced mentors and teacher tutors. Mentor Training is free and schools are expected to attend all sessions.

    There are three stages of training and a moderation session for all schools hosting a final placement student:

    • Stage one: Starting out with Oxford Brookes University Mentoring.
    • Stage two: Moving forward with Oxford Brookes University Mentoring
    • Stage three: Extending your Mentoring skills
    • Moderation Training

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    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    CECD is developing a strong research focus in the field of mental health, inclusion and wellbeing.

     

    With the establishment of a new Research Group focusing on SEND and Inclusion, our continued collaboration with SEBDA, and with the inauguration in 2017 of a SENDI pathway for our BA Education Studies, the School of Education is a growing centre for expertise in these interconnected fields. During the course of 2017-2018 we will be hosting a number of research and outreach events, including a one-day conference in summer 2018, in anticipation of CPD provision starting in September 2018.

     

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    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Our Primary Computing short courses are designed to be hands-on and engaging, strengthening your subject knowledge and providing you with ideas and strategies that will impact across the whole curriculum

    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Developing Skills for Educational Research and Research-Informed Practice. This CPD programme focuses on developing research literacy, teacher engagement with educational research, and developing research-informed best practice. CECD is committed to facilitating teacher engagement with educational research. The increasingly intensive nature of work in schools can often leave little time for exploring and engaging with academic research. At the same time, schools are also sites for pioneering examples of research-informed best practice.  This programme creates a space for developing core competencies for educational research, including the pragmatic, practical application of theory and research methods. Participants will engage with cutting-edge research in their subject-areas or fields, and will explore areas of their existing best practice that may be further developed through continued engagement with research. The aim of the programme is to help participants to make engagement with research a core part of their teaching practice and professional identity.

    To find out more please contact email education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or call us on 01865 488511

    Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA), now offers a Postgraduate Certificate in the advanced study of social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

    This course is for those working in a relevant setting, working with children and/or young people with social emotional and mental health difficulties as part of their practice. The Master's-level course is delivered predominantly online and can be completed as a flexible Distance Learning option.

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    Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA), now offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding and Managing Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

    This course is for those working in a relevant setting, working with children and/or young people with social emotional and mental health difficulties as part of their practice. The Master's-level course is delivered predominantly online and can be completed as a flexible Distance Learning option.

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    The Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development prides itself on offering courses led by inspirational academics, ex headteachers and learning consultants, all with a wealth of experience both in teaching and research.

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    We offer Postgraduate Certificates to develop your professional Practice in Challenging Behaviour; Children’s Literature; Primary Mathematics; Teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL); Artist Teacher Scheme; Early Childhood; SENCO; and Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties.

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    What have previous participants said about the course?

    You’ll be pleased to know that staff found the session really useful and that it had given them ‘permission to look at books for longer’! We discussed how we already use picture books and we’d like to extend this. We have decided that each key stage is going to choose a picture book to use for a week (or longer!) and spend time planning together. Many thanks again – it was excellent and your enthusiasm and knowledge was very well shared.

    Children’s Literature – School Inset training  with Mat Tobin, Headteacher 2018

    Plenty of new tools to inform my teaching and a reminder of the essential aims

    NQT Participant 16/17

    Gaining lots of new ideas and resources to use in the classroom. Speaking to other NQT’s’

    NQT Participant 16/17

    Making maths more progressive from concrete to abstract and building up the knowledge and conceptual understanding

    ProblemSolving and Reasoning KS1 & KS2 participant 16/17

    Key skills to integrate into lesson – how to motivate and develop writing techniques through books” Developing Literacy through Literature participant 16/17

    The course gave a variety of different areas to focus on and it was great to have different ideas from different programme leaders

    Computing and Technology enhanced learning participant 16/17

    I really enjoyed this discussion - it’s good to know that so much thought is going into supporting future teachers with a good understanding around behaviour and children’s mental health

    Mentor Training participant 16/17
  • Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us to discuss your requirements.

    Accreditation: We also offer fast-track routes from our CPD provision into qualifications, including a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Education and Master’s courses accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

    Encouraging Research in Schools: We believe that a commitment to innovative, critical educational research is a fundamental part of best practice in schools. However, we also recognise that much more can be done to facilitate knowledge exchange and interaction between researchers in education and busy teachers. With this in mind we prepare regular free research digests for our partner schools so that they can have quick and easy access to the most recent research in education. Click on Research Resources for Schools to access our free research digests.

    Find out more about International CPD and Consultancy provision.