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Fully Funded CPD from the British Council and Creative Education

Creative Education is offering a new set of British Council core skills courses across England under the new Connecting Classrooms programme to help you to improve your classroom practice and develop your ideas with like-minded teachers internationally.

The ‘teaching the core skills’ training packages give teachers the knowledge and approaches they need to effectively integrate the teaching of core skills in the classroom.

What are core skills?

Core skills are the essential skills that young people need to be fully prepared for life and work in a global economy. Sometimes referred to as deep learning skills, they introduce young people to new ways of working, new ways of thinking and new ways of living in a global world.


All of the programmes are suitable for any qualified teaching staff, from all sectors ranging from EYFS to FE, including special schools and PRUs.

Unfortunately we are only able to accept teachers based within state schools or colleges in England. Individuals are only permitted to attend one course. If you are based elsewhere or internationally please visit the British Council website. For more information about any of these programmes, please email Roxanne Spalding or call 020 8253 8249.

The programmes

There are six core skills training packages available to teachers across England. Each programme will be taught over a 9/10-week period, with 2 face-to-face sessions taking place at the beginning and end, as well as webinars and online support throughout.

Click on the images below to find more information and course dates for each of the programmes.


In-house training

We are pleased to announce that the restrictions on the number of delegates per institution eligible to attend have been relaxed (previously 2 per school). This means that you can now have this course, or any other from the Connecting Classrooms programme, delivered in your school for free for up to 15 delegates.
We will also cover the subsistence fees for any external delegates in attendance (if applicable). For further information please contact Roxanne Spalding on 020 8253 8249.

International professional partnership

Once you have completed the training, you can move on to develop an international professional partnership with an overseas school. The professional partnerships will allow you to seek advice and support on embedding the core skills in your curriculum and classroom. Benefits of the partnership include:

  • an international element to your CV and teaching credentials
  • broadening your horizons by sharing experience with a school from a different culture
  • learning more about education in a different context to reapply this at home
  • the opportunity to become a member of an international network of learners
  • materials developed by educational experts to help you collaborate with your professional partner.

Visit the British Council website for more information on funding. Click to see the full Connecting Classrooms learning journey.

Hosting a course

Can’t see the dates or area you need? Why not consider hosting a course as an INSET event at your school?

We are always looking for schools to host Core Skills programmes. There are two ways that hosts can receive training:

  1. Host school exists within a cluster/academy chain/local network and holds the selected core skill course for staff across their group of schools.
  2. Host school selects course/dates of their choice, but extends an open invitation for external delegates to attend the course. In this instance, we would be happy to advertise the course via our website and would accept bookings on your behalf.


  • Minimum of 10 delegates must be registered for host events

In return we provide a Connecting Classrooms accredited trainer, the course materials and we cover the subsistence costs for all external delegates attending your event.

Benefits of hosting a Core Skills course:

  • Act as a Connecting Classrooms hub within your local network of schools
  • Meet and work with staff from your cluster group of schools over the duration of the course
  • Flexibility -When setting up your course, you are able to set the dates and the timings of the day (e.g. twilight hours) to ensure that the face-to-face events work seamlessly around your school calendar
  • We are able to ensure that the Core Skills course is tailored to suit the needs of your group

If your school is interested in the possibility of hosting a future Core Skills course, please contact Roxanne Spalding or call the team on 020 8253 8249.

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