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At Supply&Teach, we know how important it is to stay up to date on training as part of teachers' and teaching assistants' CPD. We have compiled a collection of links to training courses that we think you may find useful. Most are free or subject to government funding based on eligibility.


Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from Child Sexual Exploitation

This course will help you to:

  • Understand child sexual exploitation

  • Find out how to spot the signs

  • Know who to report any concerns to

This course will be of interest to those working with children.


Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM. To address this issue, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package.

The training will help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM.


Home Office Introductory Prevent training

This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves. It will provide an important foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk.

This e-learning has been developed by HM Government 

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Level 2 Safeguarding and Prevent

This Level 2 Safeguarding & Prevent online course is accredited by NCFE Cache. You’ll learn about Prevent Duty and safeguarding including online safety. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to understand their role in safeguarding and how to protect individuals from abuse.

A Safeguarding & Prevent Level 2 qualification may support your progression towards a Designated Safeguarding Lead role.

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Level 1 Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines

Gain an understanding about how children are groomed and criminally exploited. Learn what county lines is and how it is operated across the UK. Understand the impact this form of child abuse has on families and how to seek support if you have concerns about a child at risk.

Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to create this FREE short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents, carers and professionals working alongside children and young people.

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Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD

This free short online course will encourage you to challenge your own definitions and perceptions of autism and ADHD. You will get an opportunity to examine several key themes around both autism and ADHD in order to obtain skills to help people with these conditions.

This training course is provided by the University of Derby

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Level 2 Understanding Autism

This fully-funded  course will help you learn how autism affects people and the best approaches for providing support for individuals with autism.

Accredited by NCFE Cache, the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism is a valuable qualification for providing support to individuals with autism in sectors such as health and social care, education and entertainment.

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Understanding Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding Dyslexia, analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such conditions. You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation.

This training course is provided by Open Learn from the Open University.

Dyslexia Training by Made in Dyslexia

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Made By Dyslexia and Microsoft have made it their mission to help every teacher to spot, support & empower every learner with dyslexia.

  • Our Level 1 training: Dyslexia Awareness equips all teachers and parents with the essentials to spot, support & empower every dyslexic learner.

  • Our Level 2 training: Dyslexia Teaching deepens your understanding of dyslexia. The videos are full of specialist strategies and solutions, showing you what to teach, why it helps and how to do it.

An introduction to speech, language and communication

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The course looks at how you can support the development of these skills on a day-to-day basis in your setting, and how to spot children and young people who might be struggling to develop these important skills. You have the option to access four different pathways – early years, primary, secondary or further education so you can choose which pathway is most relevant to your area of work.

 The course takes approximately half a day to complete.

Teaching Assistant/Learning Support

Level 2 Teaching Assistant Course

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Our Level 2 Teaching Assistant online course will help you prepare for school job roles such as; Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant and Learning Support Assistant in a primary school setting. This is a combined course with modules from our Level 2 Teaching Assistant course and Level 2 Childcare course. You’ll receive two certificates when you complete the course, a Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges certificate and a Level 2 Award in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People certificate.

Level 2 Early Years Teaching Assistant Course

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Our Level 2 Early Years Teaching Assistant online course will help you prepare for school job roles such as; Classroom Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Early Years Practitioner and Learning Support Assistant in a primary school setting. This is a combined course with modules from our Level 2 Childcare course and Level 2 Safeguarding course. We’ve chosen the course combination and units to help improve your chances of getting a job at a primary school, nursery, play centre and other settings working with children.

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Level 2 Supporting Children and Young People in School

Our Supporting Young People in Schools course is ideal for those who currently work, or are looking to work, with children and young people in a school or early years environment. The course includes modules found on standard Teaching Assistant courses, with added modules taken from Childcare courses, such as safeguarding and welfare. Upon completion of the Supporting Young People in Schools course, you will gain two nationally recognised qualifications.

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Teaching Assistants: Support in Action

Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to productive teamwork.

This OpenLearn course from the Open University introduces diverse roles and distinctive contributions of teaching assistants.

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Supporting children's development

Supporting children’s development is an introductory course for anyone who is interested in children’s development, especially support staff in schools, such as teaching assistants. It builds on your knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of children from the early years to school leavers. You will be introduced to some core ideas surrounding development and learning, behaviour, special needs and disabilities.

This training course is provided by Open Learn from the Open University

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Supporting you with teaching English

This is the first in a series of five webinars looking at the teaching of Primary English. It is hosted by James Clements in conjunction with the Oxford University Press OUP. The webinar also has free downloadable resources that support it and can be used in the classroom.

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The Write Stuff Online Training series

This is a range of CPD videos that have been created by author of The Write Stuff and Hooked on Books, Jane Considine. These videos look specifically at the teaching of writing and build up over a series of CPD sessions.

Free resources can also be downloaded via the Jane Considine Education website.

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Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD

These videos provide Reading CPD from the well-known Mrs P Teach website. They are split into parts.
Part 1  - important elements when planning and teaching a reading unit.
Part 2 - a structure for teaching reading, particularly with whole-class lessons.
Other supporting resources about Reading can also be found on the website.

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An Introduction to Teaching Phonics

A free CPD-accredited online course designed for Early Years and KS1 teachers and support staff. The aims of the course are to learn what phonics is, to ;earn some of the key vocabulary used in phonics lessons, to review the structure of a phonics lesson and to look at some practical strategies that can be used in the classroom. Duration 40-60 minutes.

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Phonics Teaching Guide

Designed for people who want to teach phonics as a profession. Explore the basics of phonics, the most suitable techniques for teaching phonics and the benefits of involving parents and carers in the process. Investigate the differences between the parts of speech, devise strategies to support various types of readers and assess and keep track of your student's performance in their journey to learning phonics. 

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Teaching Mathematics

This free course, Teaching mathematics, has been designed for non-specialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds, teaching assistants, home schoolers and parents and draws on the established provision of mathematics education at The Open University. It can also be used as Continuing Professional Development by individuals or groups of teachers.

This course aims to develop your understanding of the mathematical content covered in the middle school years and effective strategies and approaches to the teaching and learning of this content.

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Using visualisation in Maths teaching

This free course, Using visualisation in maths teaching, looks at visualisation as it relates to mathematics, focusing on how it can be used to improve learning. It will also identify ways in which to make more use of visualisation within the classroom.

This training course is provided by Open Learn from the Open University

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Teach the Primary Science curriculum

30 courses for teaching 5-11 year-olds covering everything from plants to planets. Each one provides teachers with concise topic knowledge and a whole raft of resources to use in class, including captivating short videos, practical activities and experiments, whiteboard visuals and more.

Reach Out CPD is a partnership between Tigtag and Imperial College London.

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Primary Science CPD units

A range of CPD training units created and offered by the Primary Science Teaching Trust whose aims are to aims to facilitate the development and dissemination of excellence in primary science.

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Take your teaching online

In Take your teaching online, you will hear about the experiences of real educators, be introduced to cutting edge research, and understand the ideas and tools that shape how we teach and learn online. You will also learn useful methods that will guide you to test out these new ideas in your own practice.

Online learning has rapidly emerged and is now found in every area of education, from schools to skills training. More people than ever learn through online courses. Even where teaching is primarily ‘face to face’, online tools and interactions have become a key part of the learning experience. 

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Apple Teacher

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things that you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

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Get Started Teaching Computing in Primary Schools: Preparing to teach 5 - 11 year olds

Improve your subject knowledge and develop inclusive lessons to teach computing to primary school pupils (aged 5 to 11 years old). This course will suit you if you’re a teacher of primary school children (aged 5-11) wanting to grow your computing knowledge and build confidence in helping your pupils to develop their computing knowledge and skills.
8 hours of self-study on this free online course.

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