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Online teacher training

Join our Professional Learning and Development team, together with authors and educational experts, as they share their knowledge and offer practical take-away ideas for your everyday teaching.

Past webinars

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the sun!

Alex Purcell, Andrea Tolve, George Heritage, Mark Meredith, Rachel Jeffries, Victoria Peña

Join us for a highly interactive session looking at what we have covered since September 2020. Topics will range from digital tools and resources, to Success Criteria and Life Competencies.

Top Ten Exam Tips at B1 and B2

Top Ten Exam Tips at B1 and B2

Alex Purcell, Andrea Tolve, George Heritage, Mark Meredith, Rachel Jeffries, Victoria Peña

Join our expert panel to discuss key aspects of exam preparation at B1 and B2 and success beyond the exam. There will also be ample opportunity to field your questions and share best practice and advice with a wide range of teachers.

Inclusive Practice

Inclusive Practice

Alex Purcell, Mark Meredith

Every child has the right to an educational environment where they are both supported and challenged, with an emphasis on each individual's progress rather than performance. In this session we will explore how teachers can use inclusive practices approaches in supporting all learners. Practical ideas will include different grouping strategies, differentiated learning techniques as well as a focus point on the importance of reflection for both teachers and students in today's educational world.

Feedback on Top Part II

George Heritage, Victoria Peña

Following on from the previous week, we look at different methods of giving feedback at different stages of the language learning process and consider the important factors to bear in mind when deciding on the most appropriate feedback for your students. We will explore some digital tools for giving instant feedback and think about scaffolding our feedback in line with the staging of our teaching.

Feedback on Top Part 1

Feedback on Top Part I

Andrea Tolve, Rachel Jeffries

In this session we will consider a range of techniques to ensure learners receive constructive input on their progress.

In some cases this may mean reflecting on what has been achieved, and in others may mean looking ahead and setting the next goal posts. In both scenarios we will think about how to maintain motivation while encouraging learner autonomy and of course, remembering that good feedback does not require a grade!

In it together Part II

In it together Part II

George Heritage, Victoria Peña

We look at how collaboration can support and enhance our students’ awareness of their abilities and progress. We share some practical ideas and resources for self and peer assessment that can be used in face-to-face, hybrid or online contexts.

In it together Part I

In it together Part I

Andrea Tolve, Mark Meredith

We discuss the role of collaboration in today’s classrooms whether online or face to face, and consider its importance as a key life competency. Practical teaching ideas are shared, aimed to encourage collaboration between learners alongside other skills such as communication and critical thinking.

Making digital work

Making digital work

George Heritage, Rachel Jeffries

We look at effective ways to integrate digital tools and resources into our classrooms whether online, face to face or blended. We consider the role of technology in a variety of teaching contexts and how to best select digital resources to ensure learning is enhanced.

Getting the right mix Part II

Getting the right mix Part II

George Heritage, Victoria Peña

We look at using both formative and eventually summative assessment as a tool, or framework, to help us differentiate and personalise the learning experience effectively in diverse classes and contexts.

Getting the right mix

Getting the right mix Part I

Alex Purcell, Mark Meredith

We discuss the challenges and benefits of having a range of types of learners in our classes, exploring several aspects of differentiation and considering ways of adapting classroom activities to provide more support or more challenge accordingly. We also share some ideas of how to help learners become more autonomous and enhance their learning in a diverse classroom.

The superpowers we can teach

The superpowers we can teach

Ed Fidoe

Ed Fidoe explores the habits and skills which have helped humans succeed for centuries, qualities like speaking skills (oracy), craftsmanship and making connections between subjects. He gives examples of how School 21 has built these skills into the curriculum, the successes and failures, and shares ideas of how to do this while also teaching everything else!

The future belongs to those who prepare for it

The future belongs to those who prepare for it

Richard Gerver

In this timely and inspirational session, Richard uses his experience and expertise to help us, as educators, make sense of the last few months and explore how we can take what we are learning and shape it to ensure that it meets the needs of our students. Richard also explores the soft skills we need to cultivate and develop if our students are to be best equipped to master the world they will be inheriting from us.

A few of my favourite things

A few of my favourite things

Nick Bilbrough

Nick Bilbrough shares the story of The Hands Up Project and how this award-winning charity has used English language to build connections between children around the world, all via the platforms we are becoming so familiar with. Through opportunities of remote theatre and presentations, learners develop their interpersonal skills in a truly meaningful way. Nick also shared some examples from five years developing in this field and look at ways in which schools may be involved.

The Heart of Education

The Heart of Education

Andria Zafirakou

Andria Zafirakou teaches in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. Her message is clear, in whatever medium it comes, the importance of ensuring young people have access to creativity and expression has never been more pressing. Andria will share with us her vision and story of how through education, the lives of many children at her school have been changed.