Primary School Teacher CPD

Primary Teacher Continuing Professional Development Days 2014-2015


Join us for our exciting CPD programme.  We are passionate about the natural world, and believe it can be used as a springboard to teach a range of topics.  Our practical hands-on courses will fill you with confidence, and will introduce you to a range of exciting ideas that you can take back to school.



Art     Wednesday 4th February 2015

Feel inspired by our practical ideas for using plants and the natural world in visual art activities.  Explore tropical rainforest, arid desert and colourful flower borders.  Try our tips for helping pupils to make observational drawings, and then create a rainforest vine collage or a fabric desert banner.  Have a go at experimenting with a range of techniques, and gather lots of ideas to take back to school to invigorate your art.





Gardening for Schools     Wednesday 11th March 2015     * New for 2015 *

This action-packed day will give you the knowledge and skills to develop your own garden project at school.  Grow your confidence with gardening: sowing seeds, potting on seedlings and preparing the ground for outdoor growing.  Take a closer look at plants to see how they grow by dissecting seeds and pulling apart flowers.  Explore the Botanic Garden and experiment with some of our growing techniques to use in your own school setting.  Take away lots of useful resources and website links to get you sowing, growing and gardening throughout the school year!





Science     Wednesday 13th May 2015

Come along for a lively investigation into the biology parts of the science curriculum.  We will consider what it means to work scientifically, and will sample fun ways to learn about plants, habitats, plant lifecycles, classification, food chains, evolution and more.  Explore the Botanic Garden to see how outdoor spaces can be used to enhance teaching science.  We’ll use a combination of hands-on activities and experiments to explore the science of the natural world, and provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for you to take back to your classroom.




Bespoke CPD for Your School

We are also able to offer a limited number of bespoke CPD days for all your teaching staff.  If you are interested in a tailored visit to explore the outdoor opportunities in your school grounds and local area, members of our Education Team can come out to you.  Please contact us for further information:

What previous participants have said:

  • Great for improving subject knowledge and gaining confidence to start gardening club
  • Inspired, enthusiastic to get going!  Brilliant
  • Useful, inspiring and enjoyable
  • I want to rush off and put it all into practice now!!  Thanks
  • A definite and worth every penny!


Cost for 1 course: £75

Price includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch.  All courses will run from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm.

If you are a student teacher, please contact for details of our reduced rate.


For further information on any of these courses, please contact

Our primary teacher CPD courses at the Harcourt Arboretum can be found here.


Download a printable version of information and booking form here.

To book a place online with a credit card please visit the University Store.