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Babcock Education partners with FutureLearn, offering CPD courses to improve outcomes for children and young people

Babcock Education, the UK’s largest integrated service provider for education improvement and specialist intervention services, will work with FutureLearn, the online social learning platform, to offer flexible and accessible online training opportunities for teachers and education support staff.

This new partnership will combine Babcock Education’s renowned expertise in school improvement, safeguarding and prevention and specialist support for vulnerable learners with FutureLearn’s online social learning platform to teach a global audience of educators strategies designed to dramatically improve life chances for children and young people.

Introduction to Teaching Vocabulary, launched last week, is the first of many exciting courses that Babcock Education will provide on the FutureLearn platform. The course covers the best strategies for teaching vocabulary combined with some of the key current research in this area.

FutureLearn, having recently surpassed 9 million learners worldwide, will expand Babcock Education’s reach, helping them to achieve their mission tobetter the lives of children and young people across the country through sustainable improvement.

The FutureLearn platform resonates with leaders, teachers and education policy makers, as well as many other practitioners working within the sector. The platform is expanding in this area and will soon be training over 6,000 computer science teachers as part of the National Centre of Computing Education, a Government-led initiative.

Nigel Smith, Managing Director of Courses and Learning at FutureLearn said: “FutureLearn’s mission is to transform access to education and we are pleased to be bringing the important work of Babcock Education to a wider audience.

“The ability to meaningfully engage with teachers at scale, and to build communities geared towards improving subject confidence and teaching practices is proving to be a core attribute of our social learning pedagogy.”

“Babcock Education currently supports thousands of children and young people every year and thanks to this new online component we believe its important work can reach even more people, achieving a real global impact.”

Alison Hurley, Director for Babcock Education said: 

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with FutureLearn to deliver CPD content for leaders, teachers and education support staff.  This partnership enables us to be flexible and responsive to the needs ofstaff, schools and settings by providing highly relevant training, which is easy to access in bite-size chunks, and complements our traditional face-to-face training and conferences.

“FutureLearn is an organisation that shares our goal of inclusivity and access to training for all. As our partnership develops, we will work together with a range of key stakeholders to provide a full range of courses, which are current, built on best practice and demonstrate sustainable impact.”


About FutureLearn:

FutureLearn, Europe’s leading social learning platform, was founded by The Open University in 2012 and now has over nine million people signed up worldwide. Its mission is to transform access to education on a global scale through the provision of flexible, credible online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, along with organisations such as Accenture, Health Education England (HEE), CIPD, Raspberry Pi and the British Council. It is also involved with government-backed initiates such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

About Babcock Education:

The largest integrated service provider for education improvement and specialist intervention services in the UK. Our mission is to improve life chances for all children and young people.

  • Supporting thousands of children and young people every year
  • Working with over a thousand Schools, Settings and Academies

Babcock Education draws on a rich experience in education and training to provide improvement and intervention services to leaders in education, whether they are in early years’ provision, schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, local authorities or professional agencies.

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