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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.

Increasing students' confidence and motivation

Increasing students' confidence and motivation

Rachel Jeffries, Victoria Peña

In our first webinar of the new year we’ll be looking at the importance of building confidence and motivation in our classrooms and the effect this has on learning as well as developing healthy relationships. We will try to understand the factors that lead to a lack of confidence and motivation and share ideas and activities to try to counteract them.

Cambridge resources in context

Cambridge resources in context

David Bradshaw, Rachel Jeffries

This session will look at the wealth of Cambridge resources available to support teachers and students in and out of the classroom. We will explore how our materials and tools can be used throughout the lesson, to support assessment and feedback and to overcome some of the main challenges teachers face at the different levels. 

Keep calm and mediate (Secondary)

LOMLOE- Keep Calm and Mediate (part 2) - Secondary

Mark Meredith, Victoria Peña

Following on from the first Mediation session in this series we will now explore how mediation descriptors and tasks evolve at higher proficiency levels. We will also look at how we can continue to incorporate mediation into the classroom and help our Secondary students to engage in mediation activities. This session will also consider how mediation can be assessed by looking at tasks and assessment criteria.

Informal and formative feedback in the primary classroom

LOMLOE - Helping our learners to learn: Informal and formative feedback in the primary classroom

Rachel Jeffries, David Bradshaw

One of the key features of the LOMLOE is the increased emphasis on the use of different assessment strategies within the classroom and throughout the students’ learning journey. In this webinar we will explore different strategies to ensure that assessment supports our students’ learning, from informal assessment in the day-to-day class routine, self and peer assessment to give our students ownership of their learning, to formative assessment from the teacher. This session will focus on the specific needs and circumstances of the primary classroom.

Top tips for exam success and beyond: Ask us anything about A2 Key and B1 Preliminary

Alex Purcell, Victoria Peña

In this session we will answer your questions to help students achieve exam success at levels A2 and B1. We will explore different strategies to promote learner autonomy and provide support in and out of the classroom. We will also look at some digital exam preparation tools which ensure motivation and give learners the knowledge and confidence they need for success on exam day itself. Please submit your questions for the webinar in advance here.

Feedback in secondary

LOMLOE - Helping our learners to learn: Informal and formative feedback in the secondary classroom

Mark Meredith, David Bradshaw

One of the key features of the LOMLOE is the increased emphasis on the use of different assessment strategies within the classroom and throughout the students’ learning journey. In this webinar we will explore different strategies to ensure that assessment supports our students’ learning, from informal assessment in the day-to-day class routine, self and peer assessment to give our students ownership of their learning, to formative assessment from the teacher. This session will focus on the specific needs and circumstances of the secondary classroom.

Top tips for exam success and beyond: Ask us anything about B2 First and C1 Advanced

Top tips for exam success and beyond: Ask us anything about B2 First and C1 Advanced

David Bradshaw, Mark Meredith

In this session we will answer your questions to help students achieve exam success at levels B2 and C1. We will explore different strategies to promote learner autonomy and provide support in and out of the classroom. We will also look at some digital exam preparation tools which ensure motivation and give learners the knowledge and confidence they need for success on exam day itself. Please submit your questions for the webinar in advance here.

Past webinars

Bringing your A game to the classroom

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

Our last session of 2021 gave an overview of some of the more game-based digital resources currently available from Cambridge, from the more familiar and simple exercises, up to more immersive environments. We demonstrate some of the newest and most popular resources and explore exciting ways to incorporate these into your classrooms without losing sight of our overall objectives and students' levels and needs.

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LOMLOE: Keep Calm and Mediate (Part 1)

George Heritage, Victoria Peña

Mediation is perhaps one of the least familiar competencies that is emphasised in the LOMLOE. In this session, we’ll look at how mediation is already a key part of much of what we do in the classroom. We’ll think about what mediation means to our learners, and how we can continue to more actively incorporate it into our teaching practice and into assessment. We will then move on to practical ideas for the primary classroom.

We’ll explore some ideas for secondary in February - so watch this space!

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Practical LOMLOE

Mark Meredith, Rachel Jeffries

In the second session of our Cambridge LOMLOE series, we look at some practical ideas and activities that can help develop the whole learner. We also explore and present different ways we can provide our learners with opportunities to be creative, think critically, be autonomous and reflect on their own learning.

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LOMLOE: Teaching with competencies

Mark Meredith, Victoria Peña

In this first session of our Cambridge LOMLOE webinar series, we will explore key life competencies and think about what these look like in our classrooms. What does competence-based learning really mean to us and our students and how can we develop our practices accordingly?

Making an early start – productive skills with Young Learners

George Heritage, Victoria Peña

This session looks at strategies and resources to help Young Learners (7 – 12-year olds) develop their writing and speaking skills in class. We look at different activities to use in class, while maintaining a balance between aspects such as type of interaction and language content. Throughout the session we also give some ideas on formative assessment and giving effective feedback.

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.