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Upcoming CPD events

St Mary's is proud to offer a broad and varied range of professional learning opportunities throughout the academic year.

Physics for Non-specialist Teachers

May to July 2024

St Mary’s University is proud to launch “Physics for Non-specialist Teachers”, a CPD course that supports qualified teachers to develop their subject knowledge and teaching practice in the Physics GCSE curriculum.

This hybrid course blends face-to-face practical input with online subject knowledge development sessions and 1-1 mentoring to identify strategies to diagnose and treat common misconceptions teachers and school students encounter in the GCSE curriculum.

Sessions are led by an expert with over 20 years’ teaching experience in physics and extensive experience supporting the next generation of physics teachers. 

Contact Lizzy Jackson ( with any queries.


  • Tuesday 7th May 2024, 2-4pm St Mary’s University
  • Monday 13th May 2024, 3-4pm online
  • Monday 20th May 2024, 3-4pm online


  • Monday 3rd June 2024, 2-4pm St Mary’s University
  • Monday 10th June 2024, 3-4pm online
  • Monday 17th June 2024, 3-4pm online


  • Monday 24th June 2024, 2-4pm St Mary’s University
  • Monday 1st July 2024, 3-4pm online
  • Tuesday 2nd July, 3-4pm online

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Sharing Stories: Practice and Research

5th June 2024

Please join us for St Mary’s inaugural pedagogy conference where we will share stories of what teachers do and how they discover more about it. Teachers from schools and universities will engage in discussion groups, research and poster presentations, and workshops to explore the beguiling pedagogy that captures the imagination of learners. Please in attending the conference on Wednesday 5th June 2024. Further information will be sent to you in due course. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Bereavement in Education Summit

25th June 2024

St Mary’s University is delighted to host a high profile Bereavement in Education Summit on 25th June 2024. The aim of the one-day event is to bring together practitioners, education leaders, policymakers, researchers, funeral directors, charities, and the lived experiences of those in education. The Bereavement in Education Summit will provide a range of research and practiceinformed keynotes, engaging workshops and relevant resources aimed at those working at all levels across the education sector.

Key areas of focus:

  • Bereavement policy and practice in schools
  • Death literacy across the curriculum
  • Professional development for staff in schools.

The Bereavement in Education Summit is part of a funded research project and the first 50 school-based participants to register will receive £100 towards supply cover costs and/or bereavementrelated resources for their schools. The event is free for all other participants; places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Mentor Festival - developing and celebrating mentoring practices in initial teacher education and beyond

3rd July 2024, 9am-5pm at St Mary's University and 8th July 2024, 10am-4pm online

The St Mary’s University School of Education invites you to join us for a day of professional learning with a focus on the mentoring of trainees and early career teachers. Sessions will include: 

  • cognitive science
  • planning for progress and assessment
  • adapting for learners with SEND
  • adapting for learners with EAL
  • application of learning theories
  • developing professional behaviours.

This day is suitable for those looking to develop and enhance their mentoring of trainees and early career teachers and explore the role of research literature in their own practice. This is designed to support St Mary’s mentors but all school colleagues are welcome. 

This course is CPD accredited and will partially fulfil the St Mary’s University mentor training requirements for 2024/25. 

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Generative AI in schools – research and insights

Tuesday 16th July 2024, 4-6pm

This free event explores the voices of students and teachers in primary and secondary schools about the use of generative AI. The event will share findings from research completed by the School of Education and you will hear from others in the field about how these tools can shape education.

Book your place for this event

SEND for ECTs: from Policy to Practice

Friday 15th November 2024

A one-day conference for Early Career Teachers on practical strategies and understandings for working with children and young people with SEND. Presentations and workshops will be given by established practitioners and specialists across a range of SEND topics: Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory impairment, speech and language, the role of the SENCO, the SEND Code of Practice in action.

The conference has been designed to enrich the learning and teaching of everyone in your inclusive classroom. It will provide practical insights and support and a chance to ask questions to expert specialists and practitioners. There will be an opportunity at lunch time to explore a range of materials, publications or tools that can be integrated into your teaching strategies and the time to exchange contact information and build a network that you can turn to for support or collaboration in the future.

To express your interest or book your place, please contact Lizzy Jackson (