Primary School Teacher CPD

University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

Primary Teacher Continuing Professional Development Days 2013-2014


Join us for our exciting CPD programme, designed to help you make the most of outdoor spaces for learning outside the classroom.  We have a range of courses available this year, taking place at both the Botanic Garden in Oxford and the Harcourt Arboretum in Nuneham Courtenay (6 miles south of Oxford).

The courses at the Botanic Garden will focus on specific areas of the curriculum, and provide you with ideas to help your gardening projects at school. 

Our action-packed, hands-on courses will leave you brimming with confidence, and will introduce you to a range of ideas to maximise the use of your school grounds and the natural environment.


Courses at the Botanic Garden

Basic Botany and Practical Horticultural Skills for Schools:

Wednesday 25th September 2013 & Wednesday 26th February 2014

Develop your confidence with real plants and basic botany.  You will dissect seeds, pull apart flowers, and have a go at planting.  Explore the Garden, while experimenting with techniques to use in your own school setting.  Take away lots of useful resources and website links to get you sowing, growing, dissecting and identifying back at school!
Wednesday 25th September session: includes windowsill gardening, green manures and planning your spring garden.
Wednesday 26th February session: includes sowing seeds, pricking out and potting on and planning your planting year.


Art:  Wednesday 6th November 2013    *New for 2013*

Gain inspiration and practical ideas for using plants and the natural world in visual art activities.  Explore tropical rainforest, arid desert, veggie beds and colourful flower borders.  Apply our tips for helping pupils to make observational drawings, and then create a rainforest vine collage and a fabric desert banner.  Gather lots of ideas to take away with you to use back at school to invigorate your art.




Science:  Wednesday 23rd April 2014    *New for 2014*

See how plants can be used to help you deliver key parts of the science curriculum, including life processes, variation and classification, and living things in their environment.  The day will include elements of labwork, fieldwork, plant anatomy and ethnobotany.  We’ll use a combination of hands-on activities and experiments to explore these topics, 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

Cost for 3 courses at the Botanic Garden (Basic Botany, Art & Science): £200

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

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

For further information on any of these courses, please contact

Download a printable version of information and booking form here

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