Our Training Courses

Great value training, in-school support days, cross-curricular workshops and more...

About our courses

The Open Futures training programme is a modular series of high quality teacher CPD, based upon our core foundation: thinking skills (askit) and our practical strands; growit (horticulture) cookit (cooking) and filmit (digital filmmaking). These learning strands are designed and proven to help deliver a school’s existing curriculum by allowing teachers to plan learning experiences which engage children and raise attainment in the core curriculum topics; including specifically, literacy, numeracy, science and technology.

Our training courses deliver quality professional development to teachers, TA's and senior leaders, and typically comprise of one day tutored courses (askit level 1 and 3 are two-day courses), facilitated by our professional training partners. Each course module delivers a minimum of 6 hours of CPD training. 


Modular Courses are available to individual teachers, to small groups of teachers, or as ‘whole school’ modules which we can deliver directly to your school. The training programme is progressive and starts within each of our core strands as level 1 ‘INITIATE’ progresses through to level 2 ‘DEVELOP’ and further to level 3 ‘EMBED’. Each course module is designed to deliver a benchmark of professional learning and is accompanied by a set of high quality resources, enabling teachers to translate what they have learned back in school with their pupils.

How to get started

For individual teachers and groups of teachers who wish to take part in our ‘Modular' series of courses, we would strongly advise that you start your training with our foundation course, askit level 1 training, which will provide you with the skills to encourage children to think more deeply, and to explore new concepts.

For teachers moving into the individual learning strands of growit, cookit and filmit, most participants start at level 1 ‘INITIATE’ in order to embed the fundamental health, safety and key aspects of working with tools and equipment safely with children.

For whole schools wishing to adopt the programme, we recommend that your first step is a visit from one of our Specialist Schools Advisers (our experts in Enquiry Based Learning). An adviser will be able to talk you through the training programme, and recommend the appropriate starting point in the training series for your school, depending upon the focus of your school’s Development Plan, and specifically to support your individual schools needs. 

Find out more

For any questions about the training programme, or to arrange a visit from a Specialist Adviser, or an audit from a Strand Manager for your school, please email us at events@openfutures.com

To find out more about the courses on offer in each educational strand please click on the respective training course buttons below.

To request a 2016/17 training programme brochure please email your postal address to events@openfutures.com

We look forward to working with you and to supporting your learning with Open Futures.