Our Guide to Alternative CPD Courses For Supply Teachers

Continual professional development is important because it helps us keep our knowledge fresh and up to date. Teaching is constantly evolving with new skills being required by teachers; it’s a career that encompasses many other different jobs, one day you’re a designer, builder, a therapist, a coach, the list is endless.

We want to help you stay up to date and continue your development. Here is our guide to Alternative CPD courses for supply teachers that you should have a look at. They are all free(Please keep in mind that the courses below mention some very serious themes, so take this into consideration when reading.)  

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 

This course is a couple of live stream sessions featuring different content and different speakers. With learning outcomes including,  an overview on self-harm in young people, insight on how self-harm could be addressed in schools, and it aims to help you understand sources of support for young people who self-harm. Definitely a must if you are working in an education setting. 

The UK Trauma Council – Traumatic Bereavement 

These resources aim to help schools, colleges and practitioners who are working with traumatically bereaved children and young people. There may unfortunately be times when you are working with students who are experiencing bereavement. This course can better equip you with knowing what to do when you are helping a pupil who is going through a very hard time.

The Virtual College – Dealing with Stressful Situations

The course looks at what stress is and advice on how you can cope and deal with stressful situations. The 30 minute long course can be completed at your own pace, and is generic so it is not necessarily designed for teachers but it’s always good to keep learning. 

Parents Against Child Exploitation – Keep Them Safe e-learning Course

The course is targeted at people who come into contact with children and young people so it is ideal for teachers and people who work in the school environment. The e-learning course will help you understand child sexual exploitation, find out how to spot the signs and know who to report any concerns to.

The Virtual College – Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

This is a free online safeguarding training course developed for the Home Office by Virtual College. A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM. The course is particualrly recommended to people who are interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly frontline staff in healthcare, police, border force and children’s social care. So school workers would benefit from taking this course. 

Open Learn – Free Course on Modern Slavery 

This course explores modern slavery, and will help people develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery. It also encourages an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection. This course is 15 hours so is more of a commitment, however the knowledge you would gain would be very valuable.

Home Office – E-learning on Preventing Terrorism

This e-learning course teaches how to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves, which is an introduction to the Prevent duty.

National Cyber Security Centre – Cyber Security Training for School Staff

The Cyber Security Training for School Staff Course is specifically designed for people who work within schools. It can help improve their school’s cyber resilience. There are 2 course formats that you can choose from, ‘a scripted presentation pack’ and ‘a self-learn video’. The certificate can be printed at the end. 

Overall, the CPD Courses For Supply Teachers suggested here will ultimately help you be a better teacher. They will prepare you for anything that may unexpectedly arise during your time teaching.  Do you have any course recommendations? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.


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