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Collins International Webinars

Bringing education expertise to you

We're proud to invite you to attend our free Collins Webinars, designed to bring the training to you along with fresh ideas for teaching and learning. Led by speakers with years of experience in their fields on a variety of topics and a range of subjects and levels, we’re certain there will be something here to interest you.


Tuesday 9th March 2021

Embedding Global Perspective Skills into the Primary and Lower Secondary English, Maths and Science Classrooms

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    • The CAIE Global Perspectives curriculum frameworks at primary and lower secondary aim to develop the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication to help students become critical and independent thinkers who are able to explore contemporary issues and solve problems by working collaboratively. The skills that students need for Global Perspectives should not be taught solely in the Global Perspectives classroom; they have a place in every classroom, and in every school subject, and they are skills that every student needs to develop.
    • In this webinar, we will be looking at how Collins has embedded the skills needed for Global Perspectives into the new courses for primary and lower secondary English, maths, science and English as a second language. We will be considering how the materials can support schools that offer a full Global Perspectives programme, as well as supporting schools that would like their students to develop Global Perspectives skills but that are unable to offer a Global Perspectives programme. The webinar will finish with a Q&A session.
    • Speakers: Dr. Elaine Higgleton and Nick Coates

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Tuesday 16th March 2021

Promoting Positive Role Models – Real STEM career stories with WISE

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    • We’re delighted to be hosting this webinar season with a collaboration with WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) as two of their Young Professionals board members speak about their roles, their paths into STEM and the impact teachers like you can have on helping young learners reach their full potential. Hazel Atkins and Alexandra Lawson will be speaking about their first-hand experiences, their own role models and why the work that WISE do in diversity and inclusion is essential and ground-breaking. This will be followed by a panel Q&A with Lizzie Catford, Primary Publisher for Collins, who will be able to talk about the importance of role models within reading and in particular, the success of the Tara and Dani Binns series which forms part of our Collins Big Cat reading scheme.
    • With Hazel Atkins and Alex Lawson

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Access past webinars by clicking on the links below

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Introducing a Guided Reading Scheme into a second language learning environment

    • The main aim of guided reading is to encourage learners to use reading strategies whilst gaining confidence in reading for meaning independently. Have you ever wondered how implement a guided reading scheme into your school, but weren’t sure how to approach it? In this webinar, we will talk about why guided reading is so important and ways of introducing the scheme into a school setting.
    • Presenter: Christian Bishop
Tuesday 17th November 2020

L1 and L2: the key differences in how we learn English and why it is important to use appropriate materials with each type of learner

    • Many schools think that following an L1 English syllabus and using L1 English teaching materials is the best option for all learners of English whatever their background. Many parents, principals and teachers believe that ‘second language’ means ‘second class’ and that using ‘second language’ materials is in some way detrimental to students and will hold them back in their studies. In this webinar we’ll be looking at how L2 learners learn English in a different way to L1 learners and will consider what this means for our choice of teaching materials.
    • Presenter: Dr. Elaine Higgleton
Tuesday 24th November 2020

Learning science practical skills remotely at advanced level

    • We understand that 2020 has presented many challenges in teaching and learning science at upper secondary, as it is a very practical subject area and students are expected to acquire a certain skill level before moving on to further education.
    • In this interactive webinar please join Michael Smyth to discuss how to address practical science skills in a virtual environment, recognise where there are gaps in students’ learning and how to develop strategies to enhance those skills. We will also have a chance to share best practice, so do come along and share your experiences with us.
    • Presenter: Michael Smyth

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Introducing the new edition of Collins International Primary Maths

Collins Maths Editor Holly Woolnough will introduce a presentation by renowned Maths author and series editor of Collins International Primary Maths, Peter Clarke.

This webinar will:

      • showcase the key features of the new edition of the series
      • address how the changes in the Cambridge International Primary Maths curriculum framework have been introduced to the series
      • help develop an understanding of the models, principles and approaches to teaching and learning in the series
      • illustrate the mathematical proficiencies learners need to command in order to become mathematically literate and achieve mastery
      • showcase the key features of the new edition of the series

The presentation is followed by an engaging Q&A session, definitely worth a watch!

10am session

4pm session

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Introducing Primary Science Strand: Earth and Space

    • Are you looking at finding out more about teaching topics that unlock the mysteries of space or what the Earth is made of? In this interactive webinar we will explore the content of the new Cambridge International Primary Science (0097) Earth and Space strand as well as giving you plenty of ideas on how to inspire your learners as they progress up through the curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered during a live panel discussion.
    • Presenter: Sioban Parker

Wednesday 20th January 2021

What is Thinking and Working Mathematically?

    • This pre-recorded presentation with Peter Clarke will introduce you to the key features of Thinking and Working Mathematically (TWM), demonstrate how each of the components of Collins International Primary Maths (CIPM) supports TWM and provide you with some examples of a typical TWM teaching and learning activity. We will then follow the recording with a live panel discussion where you can ask us all about TWM and any other maths-related questions you may have.
    • Presenter: Peter Clarke

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4pm session

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Inspiring Writing for Pleasure

    • While there’s much valuable discourse around the importance of reading for pleasure, writing for pleasure is perhaps more overlooked, and this free webinar seeks to address that gap through providing ideas to foster and integrate writing for pleasure into practice - from lively exercises to spark inspiration and confidence before students put pen to paper, to activities covering the nuts and bolts of writing short stories, to bigger projects for classes to work on collectively.
    • Presenter: Joanne Owen

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

I was a reluctant reader too – the story of a Collins Big Cat author

    • What goes on in the mind of a reluctant reader and why are they so reluctant? Chris Callaghan will talk about his own experiences of being a non-reader when he was younger and the reasons and obstacles he faced. He will also speak about his time as a published author visiting schools to meet and engage with readers of all abilities.
    • Presenter: Chris Callaghan

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Using readers to engage young learners of English across different learning settings

    • As educators we are all currently concerned with how to keep our young learners connected and engaged with their English learning when at times, they are unable to be present in the classroom. In this session, we will look at how we can best choose and maximise readers to help support primary learners, who are at the beginning of their English learning journey, in different learning settings – whether that be online, in person or hybrid. We will explore step-by-step how Collins' new Peapod primary ELT readers series can help create a positive English experience, encouraging learners to maintain and improve their language skills.
    • Presenter: Rebecca Adlard

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Presenting Thinking and Working Scientifically

    • What makes a good scientist? Do you want to excite your learners about the world around them and to foster a life-long curiosity about the subject? In this interactive webinar we will explore the key features of Thinking and Working Scientifically (TWS) from the new Cambridge International Primary and Lower Secondary Science Curriculum Framework, as well as give you plenty of ideas on how to inspire your learners to think like scientists and develop the practical skills that all good scientists need. We will also consider different learner types by giving you some easy-to-use strategies for all learners to succeed as scientists. You will have the opportunity during a live Q&A discussion where you can ask us all about TWS and any other Science related questions.
    • Presenter: Sioban Parker

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Simple Effective Ways to Enhance Student Wellbeing for online and in-person teaching

    • This workshop will look at the ways teachers can support their students' wellbeing and encourage them to look after themselves through these difficult times, no matter how young they may be. The workshop will also address how faulty thinking can block learning and ways to challenge this as well as how mindfulness can help our students stay fully present whilst they are being taught either remotely or in person. The session will cover the below, followed by a short Q&A:
    • The impact of the current situation on children’s mental health
    • The importance of teaching self-care skills and how they can be taught
    • Faulty thinking that can block learning and how we can address this through teaching
    • Mindfulness ideas to share with students so they are fully present
    • Calming self-care skills, visualisation, breathing techniques, hand massage and grounding, tai chi
    • Presenter: Becky Goddard-Hill

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Teaching Good History

    • ‘Good History’ consists of getting better at both knowledge and skills. Obviously, to make sense of say, the Egyptians, you need to know a lot about them – and thankfully there is lots of evidence left to help us do that. But it also entails doing something with that knowledge; weighing up the evidence, deciding which part of that knowledge is most significant for us to study, even deciding which account of the Egyptians makes most sense because, as in everything, historians and archaeologists disagree about most things! How do we help our children weave a way through this maze?
    • This webinar will explore some of these issues, suggesting techniques that you will be able to apply to your own content areas, that will help inspire young historians.
    • Presenter: Alf Wilkinson