Live Online Professional Development

The AMSP's Online Professional Development suites, LOPD (Live Online Professional Development) and ODPD (On Demand Professional Development) form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, delegates will use the internet to meet weekly online.

These courses offer between six and ten online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to small groups of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion. Courses are scheduled after the school day, usually at 16:30 or 18:30.

Details of our autumn programme of courses are below.

TEACHERS IN STATE-FUNDED SCHOOLS: Under the AMSP, you are eligible to apply for a full reimbursement of the cost of an LOPD course. Please see below for more details.

Teachers based in state-funded schools in England will shortly have access to the new ODPD suite of courses. These courses are available in two formats: Self-paced study, where teachers can access any part of the course at a time to suite them, and Supported study, where teachers follow a prescribed schedule of completing tasks and are supported by a tutor via email and optional live sessions.

ODPD courses are designed to offer complete flexibility: teachers will eventually be able to select a combination of course 'pods' which enable them to cover all of the topics in their required specification - or just a few elements of a course if they prefer.

TEACHERS IN STATE-FUNDED SCHOOLS: Under the AMSP, you can apply for access to ODPD courses free of charge.

Both LOPD and ODPD courses are being developed and scheduled in a first-requested-first-built order - please complete the expression of interest form linked below to ensure that the units you require are prioritised.

Topics already planned for ODPD (request to prioritise - you can also request LOPD or ODPD courses which do not appear in this list):

  • Supporting your students with the MAT or TMUA
  • Using GeoGebra in A level Maths
  • Spreadsheets and the large data set
  • Discrete, Decision, Modelling with Algorithms - pods to complete your specification
  • Supporting your students with STEP
  • AS and A level Maths: Numerical Methods

Online Professional Development key documentation:



LOPD Course Schedules

Title Description Start date Info file
AS and A level Maths: MechanicsOnline course, Oct-Dec, 16:3001/10/2018Info
KS5 Coordinators DevelopmentOnline course, Nov-Dec, 16:3008/11/2018Info



To apply for a place, please complete the online application form. Early applications are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

*This course has started. Late applications will be processed as quickly as possible but we cannot guarantee that this will be completed in time for connection to the next scheduled session.

If your chosen course is not listed then please submit a request by registering your expression of interest.

Most online courses are available at least twice a year but we will add further instances, or develop new courses, following requests on our expression of interest form.

Contact: The professional development team on 01225 716494 or alternatively email [email protected].

Feedback from Participants

“I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the technology worked, making it feel interactive and allowing for questions and contributions from the people on the course. I would strongly recommend this method of staff development to anyone.”

“I was unable to attend a couple of sessions, but found it invaluable that a recording of the lesson was [available], allowing me to watch it later and catch up.”

“Nine hours of information and practical hints and tips, great value! And you save the planet by not travelling. It's got to be the way forward.”

“Spreading the content out over time gives you time to reflect on what you have been taught.”

“Excellent refresher course with guidance and clear teaching. Thank you.”

“Some of the teachers enrolled had already taught the module at school, but it was appreciated that as a complete beginner, my needs were met. The people delivering the course were well prepared and friendly.”

“The trainers are brilliant and explain everything really well.”

“I loved the enthusiasm of the tutors throughout - it is so important to show a passion for your subject.”

“Excellent training, already looking at the list to sign up to another course.”