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The Faculty of Education offers an extensive range of high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for individuals and organisations working within the Education sector. All of our programmes are practice-based and impact driven in order to support high quality teaching and learning and school improvement priorities.

Our CPD portfolio is continually updated to respond quickly to national and local initiatives and has been designed to be delivered in a flexible way. We offer a range of delivery patterns to suit school preferences including:

Conference days, twilights and weekend sessions delivered at our Hope Park Campus
Bespoke programmes/consultancy delivered at Hope Park Campus or onsite training at your school
Fully accredited CPD modules and programmes of study at Masters level.
All CPD courses offered by Liverpool Hope are based on inquiry and research into your practice and are designed to affect a real and lasting practical impact on the teaching and learning in your school and on school improvement.

We are happy to make a visit and discuss your requirements with you at your school.

For further information please contact:

The CPD Team

T: 0151 291 3061/3093


Liverpool Hope University offers 30 credit Masters level CPD modules, designed specifically for graduates of our own and other ITT programmes, as well as opportunities for more experienced practitioners to specialise in particular areas of interest - such as SEN or Leadership & Management. The modules can be taken as stand-alone CPD or can be used to build towards a full Masters award.

Progression Opportunities

Please see our new Professional Masters Opportunities Booklet for further information about our Masters in Professional Practice (MA / MEd) as well as our stand-alone CPD Modules or please e-mail: should you require any further information.

Please also see our Postgraduate Degrees Section to view further information about our Masters in Professional Practice (MA / MEd) by clicking on the relevant 'tab'.

CourseMasters Credits OverviewSuitable for 
Developing Practice for Early Career Practitioners 30 Credits This course supports the development of professional practice for those teachers in the early stages of their careers. It is intended to help participants to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding essential to becoming effective, informed and reflective professional practitioners.

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs)

Advanced Pedagogy 30 Credits Aimed primarily at experienced practitioners, this module in Advanced Pedagogy offers students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth consideration of the latest theory and research surrounding the core components of effective pedagogy. Students’ exploration of this evidence base will be informed by a critical consideration of the role of values in shaping their own views about the most desirable aims of education and the professional experiences that inform their ways of teaching. Experienced teachers and professionals working within an educational setting.
Researching Practice   30 Credits This course provides an opportunity to undertake a professional development project within a school or other setting. It is intended to support practising professionals in understanding the impact of research on practice, including how theory relates to practice, designing effective projects and evaluating impact. Teachers and professionals working within an educational setting. 
Aspiring Subject Leaders   30 Credits This module will enable aspiring and new subject leaders to acquire the skills, knowledge and capabilities needed to lead sustainable improvement, whilst also giving participants the opportunity to critically analyse the challenges facing the subject area.  Aspiring and new subject leaders. 
Coaching, Mentoring & Training in Education    30 Credits  This course focuses on contemporary issues, debates and developing practice in the field of mentoring and coaching relevant to an educational setting. This course will provide support in the study of the theory and practice of mentoring and coaching and/or training. Participants will develop practical skills in the mentoring and coaching process by a critical exploration of a variety of coaching models with reference to relevant literature and theory. Participants will use a range of relevant theoretical perspectives to develop their skills in critical analysis and reflection on their practice as a mentor, coach and/or trainer.  Professionals in a coaching, mentoring and/or training role within an educational setting. 
Education Leadership & Management I Perspectives on Leadership 30 Credits  This module explores leadership, with a specific focus on leadership within different education organisations. In particular, the module explores the nature of leadership and management through a number of different thematic ‘lenses’ and considers the role leaders play within improvement and change programmes.  Teachers, Middle and Senior Managers/Leaders, Professionals working within an educational context. 
Education Leadership & Management II Working Effectively with Others  30 Credits  This module takes as its focus the need for all those working within schools and other education institutions to develop positive and productive relationships with others. It is designed not only to encourage the development of solutions to specific leadership and management problems, but also to provide participants with insights into the complex nature of organisations and of organisational life.  Teachers, Middle and Senior Managers/Leaders, Professionals working within an educational context. 
Professional Qualification for Aspiring School Leaders (PQASL) 30 Credits  The course will begin to consider relevant educational leadership and management theories and research and how these relate to, and support, the understanding and development of personal leadership capabilities and practices. The primary aim will be to deliver accredited training that integrates school based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the principles and practice of school leadership, underpinned by research informed practice.  Aspiring, and newly appointed, middle or senior leaders
within an educational context. 
Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders in Church Schools   30 Credits  The Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders in Church Schools is a 5-day programme that has been specifically designed in collaboration with the five North West Dioceses and Liverpool Hope University to support aspiring, and newly appointed, middle leaders working within a Christian school context. The programme will enable participants to explore and articulate their personal values and mission, have a better understanding of the distinctive mission and vision of Church of England schools and the role of middle leaders in these settings. It will provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage with leadership and management theories/research and how these relate to, and support, the understanding and development of personal leadership capabilities and practices.   Middle leaders working in primary schools, within a Christian context, and for those aspiring to/or recently appointed to Assistant or Deputy Headship. 
Professional Knowledge and Understanding of the SENCo Role 30 Credits This module has been specifically designed to support current, newly appointed and aspiring Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinators (SENCos) to explore and fulfil the leadership role set out in the Code of Practice. This module will begin to explore the professional knowledge and understanding that SENCOs need of the legislative context for SEN and theoretical concepts that underpin effective leadership and practice. This module provides participants with an understanding of, and an engagement with, the complexity of current policy, legal and professional contexts. It provides participants with the professional capacity to identify, assess and provide for children with special educational needs within their setting. Aspiring SENCos and SENCos in post.
National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination 60 Credits This course consists of two modules; module 1 - Professional Knowledge and Understanding of the SENCo role (detailed above) and module 2 - Leading and Coordinating SEND Provision. Module 2 focuses on the development of effective partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families. The module will help you to identify and use knowledge, skills and values required to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. The module will consider the use of data, systems and external sources of support and their impact on professional practice. The module will encompass learning from both module 1 and module 2 of the national award to explore and develop the personal and professional qualities that SENCos need to make a positive impact on the ethos and culture in schools and other settings. SENCos in post only.

Learn more about fees (including bursaries) which may be available to you in our guide to Professional Masters and CPD Fees

At Liverpool Hope University, we believe that professional development is crucial at every stage of a teacher’s career. Showing a commitment to CPD not only helps to enhance career progression prospects, but is also key to giving teachers confidence that they are performing to the best of their ability.

Our dedicated Hope Schools Advisory Service (Hope SAS) has been developed to offer, and deliver, a range of non-accredited CPD routes to directly support teachers and support staff in meeting individual and school priorities. This includes:

  1. Bespoke CPD training/consultancy can be developed to meet your own school improvement priorities or organisational needs. These tailored sessions can be delivered flexibly on INSET days, twilights or over full/half day sessions at your school or at our Hope Park Campus.
  2. Professional Hope: A variety of non-accredited CPD sessions and/or courses are delivered at our Hope Park campus throughout the academic year for both primary and secondary schools.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Calendar of Support 2017/18

All courses are at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD, unless otherwise stated.

Science Subject Leaders Course

Half day sessions will be delivered at your school and take place once every term at dates convenient to you.

Audience - Primary

This Science subject leader course will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Keep up to date with new initiatives in science education.
  • Share ideas and good practice with other science subject leaders.
  • Reflect on what is already going on in your school and find ways of moving your school forward.

Grammar and Punctuation Primary English CPD

Monday 5th March 2018, 9:15am - 3:30pm

Audience - Primary Teachers

  • Understand pedagogical approaches to teaching grammar and punctuation in Years 1-6.
  • Teaching of key grammatical terminology through a range of practical activities which can be adapted for different groups of children.
  • Use children’s literature to contextualise the teaching of grammar and punctuation.
  • Explore techniques such as Rainbow Writing (Ros Wilson), Slow Writing (David Didau), Improving Sentences (Alan Peat) and grammar games (Pie Corbett) to teach grammar and punctuation in a creative way.

Using Cuisenaire Number Rods

Wednesday 7th March 2018

KS1 - 9:00am - 12:00pm KS2 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Audience - Teachers and Teaching Assistants

This half day course will give teachers and teaching assistants the opportunity to explore how number rods can be used to help learners develop conceptual understanding of the structure of number, calculation and algebra through exploring relationships in a practical way to deepen their understanding of the number system.

Mark Making Matters

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Audience: NQTs, Teachers new to EYFS, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners

This course will develop confidence in the progression and purpose in mark making across the EYFS and strategies to support development in this area of learning. There will be a focus on playful mark making activities, sharing ideas from quality texts to provoke mark making and writing that will inspire your children.

Understanding the World of Technology in EYFS

Tuesday 24th April 2018, 1pm - 4pm

Audience: Teachers/Training Assistants and Early Years Practitioners

This course will look at the potential of using technology to inspire and support children’s enquiries in the Early Years. We will explore a range of resources to support technology in the EYFS, linking this to how children develop and learn in Understanding the World. Technology is an important component in creating an enabling environment, building on the children’s interests and skills across all areas of learning. It will help children understand their place in a world that seems increasingly dominated by technology. The use of technology can support children across other areas of learning, providing children with new ways to communicate and share ideas.

Using Bar Models - Primary Maths CPD

Thursday 26th April 2018 at St Mary's College, Blackburn

KS1 - 9:00am - 12:00pm KS2 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Audience - Teachers and Teaching Assistants

This CPD will explore how bar modelling can be used as a representation in mathematics and will investigate techniques for deriving, drawing and manipulating bar models.

Maths & More - Teaching Number Bonds: Developing Understanding & Recall

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 9am - 12pm

Audience - KS1 Teachers and Teaching Assistants

This half day course will give teachers and teaching assistants in Years 1 and 2 the opportunity to explore how to teach number bonds effectively to support learners in developing conceptual understanding and recall of number bonds and related subtraction facts. This course will provide ideas and activities using concrete resources and representations to help learners memorise and reason with number bonds.

Financial Accountability for Governors

Wednesday 2nd May, 9am - 3pm

Audience - School Governors, Head teachers, Senior Leaders and Business Managers from Academies and Maintained Schools.

The relationship between the statutory responsibilities of financial governance and how strategic plans and systems can enable a sustainable and effective organisation, particularly in the light of reduced budget allocations.

  • Statutory responsibilities of governors.
  • Relationship between the information Head teachers need to know to advise the Board.
  • The role of the Business Manager and how SMARTER systems can aid transparent management information for effective strategic financial monitoring.
  • Efficiency savings through setting the strategy, monitoring the strategy and procurement.

To book onto any of the above courses, please email with your details and confirm that you accept our terms and conditions.

The CPD Team

Faculty of Education

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

T: 0151 291 3061/3093


SKE programmes are designed to help potential Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject.

The SKE courses are designed for students due to embark on their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) who need to strengthen their existing subject knowledge. A certificate of completion is provided to forward to your training provider when you have finished the course.

English Subject Knowledge Enhancement 2017-18

Our English Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course is intended to support graduates who are interested in teaching English but who need to develop their subject knowledge in order to teach secondary pupils. For example, candidates may have a degree in English Language and may wish to increase their knowledge of English Literature, or they may have a degree in a Humanities/Arts subject and have A Level English Language /Literature and wish to develop their understanding and knowledge to teach at secondary level.

Teaching on the course will include a variety of approaches including individual and group work with a mix of face to face, online and distance learning to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for English Teaching.

Design Technology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course 2017-18

Our Design and Technology Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course is intended to support graduates who are interested in teaching Design and Technology (D&T) but who need to develop their subject knowledge in other areas of D&T in order to teach to secondary pupils. For example, candidates may have a Graphic Design degree but may wish to teach Resistant Materials or Electronics.

Teaching on the course will include a variety of approaches including individual and group work with a mix of practical, online and distance learning to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for Design and Technology Teaching.

Languages Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course 2017-18

Our language SKE courses are tailored to individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying online for 8 weeks (or equivalent to 200 learning hours). The course offers broad content areas focused on everyday situations, culture, and business, as well as workshops addressing unique academic subjects.

Why a languages SKE?

The languages SKE online courses are designed to:

  • Strengthen and enhance your existing knowledge.
  • Prepare you for your future training.
  • Give you confidence in another subject area.

Study is flexible and can fit around your lifestyle and commitments. The course will help you to:

  • Upgrade and expand your subject knowledge in a specialist area.
  • Develop an understanding of how your subject works.
  • Promote and develop independent learning skills.
  • Improve your ability to identify and address your learning needs.

Religious Education Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course 2017-18

The Hope Religious Education (RE) Subject Enhancement Support Programme has been designed to specifically support the development of participants’ understanding of RE in schools including its rationale and pedagogical approaches, as well as supporting subject knowledge development.

The Living Faiths SKE programme is a 5 day intensive course that will be focused on enquiry model learning in RE through visits to places of worship and workshop activity. The course develops knowledge of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Its focus is on methods of teaching which engage and create enjoyment in learning.

Dates: Monday 20th – Friday 24th August 2018

Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (Short Course) 2017-18

Our Mathematics SKE course is tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs. The course will have the flexibility of studying 150 Hours online and 50 Hours Face to Face (with this split as 25 hours taught, with 25 hours home based learning).

You will be required to attend on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 31st July 2018
  • Wednesday 1st August 2018
  • Thursday 2nd August 2018
  • Friday 3rd August 2018

Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course 2017-18

The Mathematics Enhancement course will provide you with opportunities to explore pure and applied mathematics at advanced level and university level. When tackling new mathematics, you will be challenged to not just ask yourself what? or how? but also why? Two short school placements will help you further develop this ‘deep’ understanding. You will also be introduced to a range of ICT software packages which have revolutionised the teaching of mathematics.

Team support is a key feature of the course. The course begins with a residential induction in North Wales which provides students and tutors with the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

A team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors will support you. Your tutors’ enthusiasm and expertise will enable you to have an enjoyable but intensive six months which will provide you with sound and rewarding preparation for Initial Teacher Education.

Although there is no award for the Mathematics Enhancement Course, successful completion will see you progress directly onto an Initial Teacher Education route, such as PGCE or School Direct, where you will find that you have developed the mathematical understanding required to teach the 11-18 curriculum with confidence.

Mathematics Teacher Subject Specialism Course 2018-19

Liverpool Hope is offering an NCTL-funded CPD programme for non-specialist teachers of mathematics in schools and colleges. There are no fees. The programme carries accreditation at Masters level as a Postgraduate Certificate, and supports St Helens Teaching School Alliance. 

The course is for secondary teachers only. Applications are made directly to Liverpool Hope University.

The programme is targeted at mathematics teachers who did not originally qualify in the subject, to strengthen their subject and pedagogical knowledge.

To be eligible to join the course, teachers must have QTS. Priority will be given to applicants who are teaching mathematics in schools.

Through attending this course, participants will encounter new ideas and interconnections in mathematics, be in a stimulating, and supportive and collaborative environment, and will be supported in developing more effective approaches to teaching, enabling them to teach mathematical concepts with real clarity and insight, to strengthen both their knowledge and confidence in the subject, leading to improved learning for their students.

Between 2007 and 2013, 99 teachers from a wide variety of professional backgrounds have completed the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (formerly the Mathematics Development Programme for Teachers) at Liverpool Hope. Hope is now recruiting for the 2018-19 programme and seeks applications at the earliest opportunity. 

Programme Structure

The programme takes place over three terms in 2018-19, starting in early October 2018 with a second intake in January 2019.

Taught sessions will take place each term on one Friday and three Saturdays, and regular weekday twilight sessions. Following induction and initial needs assessment, these sessions will provide a focus upon the key school curriculum areas of Algebra and Number, Geometry, Statistics and Data Handling. The course will also focus upon related research, theories of learning, and academic writing skills. We hope that this blend of practical mathematics subject and pedagogy input combined with a rigorous academic strand, will provide a powerful mix, enabling course participants to develop an active understanding of the relationship between theory and their own practice.

For more information about this programme please contact:

Katie Booth

Course Administrator

T: 0151 291 3093


We realise that your first year as a teacher can be both exciting and daunting with many challenges ahead. This is why our commitment to you as a Liverpool Hope student does not stop once you have graduated. We feel it is crucial to continue to support and encourage you during your first year of teaching and beyond to ensure you have a strong foundation to become outstanding practitioners.

The Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University offers all NQTs and RQTs the opportunity to engage in a support programme that will help you to update your knowledge, skills and ability in key areas that are essential in becoming an effective and competent teaching practitioner. Even if you have not secured a teaching position as yet, you will have access to a range of conferences, twilight sessions, online resources and tutor support.

For more information please visit NQT/RQT Alumni


If you would like further information in regards to NQT/RQT engagement, please contact:

The NQT Team

Faculty of Education

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park


L16 9JD

T: 0151 291 3061