Primary School Teacher CPD

Primary Teacher Continuing Professional Development Days 2015-2016


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 9th December 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. 


What you said about it: "An extremely enjoyable, practical day with lots of good ideas to bring back and use with the children." read more comments on the CPD feedback page.




Gardening for Schools - beginners     Wednesday 2nd March 2016     

This action-packed day will give you the knowledge and skills to start your own garden project at school.  Grow your confidence in practical gardening skills such as; right tool for the job, sowing seeds, potting on seedlings and preparing the ground for outdoor growing. Understand some of the basic theory of gardening practice including where to site your veg bed, soil types and success with seeds.  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!





Gardening for Schools - intermediate     Wednesday 9th March 2016     

This course is aimed at those with some experience of gardening but who want to have ideas for ways to develop their school patch. We will look at theory such as pH of soil, crop rotation and starting crops off in pots. We will still be getting our hands dirty, looking at more ornamental ways of growing crops, the importance of ‘hardening off’, as well as permanent crops to add year-long structure and interest. Hear about our veggie beds, how we plan and look after them and some of the unusual plants you can grow from around the world here in the UK.



Both Gardening for Schools course will include links to the curriculum plus lots of examples of useful resources and further advice for you to take back to school.


Science     2016 - date to be confirmed

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.


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