Online Courses

All of these courses are provided by recognised institutions and can be cited on your CV as specialised CPD courses.  The majority are free, with the option to purchase certificates of completion as evidence for your employers, but we have also included some paid options in case you or your school are willing to pay for your training.

General Online Study

Click on the links below to explore the online study options from these providers. Courses are entirely free and range from Shakespeare to Algorithms.  

All MOOCs are hosted by respected international universities such as Stanford University, Imperial College London and the University of Exeter.

TES Institute 

As part of their support of The MTPT Project, TES Institute have a limited amount of free CPD courses available for Maternity and Paternity Teachers.  Registering with us will make it really easy for us to confirm that you are a member of our community.

Free Subject Specific Study

The below courses are provided by subject specialists, ranging from local education authorities or networks, to individual practitioners.  They can all be accessed free of charge.

Lean In Education

Sheryl Sandburg’s powerful book, Lean In, is one of our top CPD reading choices at The MTPT Project.  Following the publication of the book, Sandburg founded LeanIn.Org to support women interested in leadership positions.  

Their website is full of fascinating resources and ‘Expert Series’ with titles like ‘Negotiation’, ‘What Works for Women at Work’ and ‘Centred Leadership’.  The series are made of bitesize videos that are perfect for watching when you don’t have the luxury of a whole half hour to dedicate to CPD.

Policy in Education

This free Policy in Education course is designed and run by Leah Stewart, co-organiser of TedX Norwich, and author of ‘Beyond the Box Education’.

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics

By registering with the NCETM, you can gain access to a range of free online CPD courses specific to different phases and topics.


Memrise is as useful for MFL or EAL teachers, or Language club leaders as it is for students.  It offers courses of varying difficulties and on different categories such as ‘The Natural World’ or ‘Arts and Literature’ in over 200 languages.

Why not use Memrise to brush up on your weaker second (or third!) language vocabulary, or to learn how to use the software to set free, fun homework activities?


There are numerous free coding courses online for ICT or Primary teachers interested in improving their current knowledge, or learning a new ‘language’.  Codecademy is just one that has been recommended by members of the MTPT community, but we’d love to hear of your experience of others!

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry come highly recommended by our former Chemistry MaternityTeachers.  They offer a wealth of CPD opportunities on their website, including online courses.

Paid Subject Specific Study

The below courses all charge a fee to access.  Some provide accreditation from nationally recognised bodies.

The Independent Schools Association

The Independent Schools Association offer a paid online course, ‘Leading an Independent School’, which has already been succesfully completed by a number of participants on parental leave.


Teach:RE is a paid distance-learning course for RE and Philosophy teachers, hosted by Culham St. Gabriel’s.  There are four different courses available for unqualified and experienced primary and secondary teachers.

Real Training

Real Training offer a range of paid SEND courses, including SENCO qualifications, through online learning.