Lifeworlds was founded as an organisation delivering CPD, or 'professional learning' as we call it, with schools, organisations, businesses and communities. As well as our own offers (see menu left) we are regularly commissioned to create and deliver CPD for others. Over time, this experience has enabled us to refine and simplify our professional learning.

Virtually all of our professional learning is available at three levels of engagement, allowing you to self-select, or agree through conversation, what is best for you and your team. These levels are:

Just wanted to let you know that I have just done a week and a half's work on "Voices in the Park" based on the global learning activities you used on the Reading Our World course I attended at Awsworth in the autumn. The children loved all the work and we got loads out of it, so thanks very much - I'll be using it again next year.

Janette Beale, Larkfields Junior School (July 2015)

Sincere thanks for a really first class CPD day yesterday . You got everything spot on I reckon. An example of outstanding professional development. Also, a very nice contrast in CPD style.

Trevor Higginbottom, Chief Education Consultant, Xiehe Education Group and Chief Researcher, Shanghai Cross- Cultural Research Institute. Learning Through Values training for 23 kindergarten headteachers from Shanghai (Sept 2015)

Recent feedback

The course on Monday was an excellent course and I came away with a lot of renewed vigour to be a facilitator. I normally don’t like story telling but being given the book about  “The Hueys” and being given the task of designing a session from the start was a good reminder of how to plan a session (as we can get stuck in our ways).

Babs Dixon, Youth Education Coordinator (West Kent), British Red Cross (May 2015)

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Professional learning: Courses, workshops, study

Professional learning with Lifeworlds is rooted in effective pedagogy (the theory and practice of learning) rather than in any one sector or subject area. We apply these core learning principles to all of our opportunities and sessions, no matter what the focus/interest area or level of engagement. We specialise in bespoke provision but our most frequently requested learning opportunities include:

Philosophical Enquiry - dialogic learning, learner voice, thinking skills, critical literacy (can result in formal SAPERE P4C certification/validation)

Learning Through Values - understanding values, how values work, how we acquire and use values, the values-action gap, values and vision, values in practice, values and change, British values and Universal human values (can result in formal Masters level credits).

Global learning - learning in a global context, living in a global context, the local and the global, seeing the world through a global lense, bigger than self issues, dealing with controversy (can result in formal certificates such as Global Teacher Award, Fairtrade Schools, Rights Respecting Schools etc or Masters level options)

Learning for Sustainability - ecological and systems thinking, environmental education, futures education, ecoliteracy, outdoor learning projects, (can result in formal certificates such as Eco-Schools, Forest Schools etc or Masters level options)

Reading our World - literacy-based learning, reading and writing workshops, widening perspectives through literacy, pedagogical tools for reading, reluctant reader programmes, media and literacy (can be taken with Masters level options or in combination with other learning such as philosophy, values or global learning).

Leadership and change - understanding effective change leadership, pyschology of change, understanding influence, appreciative enquiry, finding meaningfulness, resilience and rigour, creating and holding a team, fostering positive cultures (can be taken with Masters level options or in combination with other learning such as philosophy, values or global learning).

Facilitation skills - the role of the facilitator, ladder of engagement, authentic participation, political littler, facilitation vs teaching, facilitating learning, audience and producer, knowing our Lifeworlds. (can be taken with Masters level options or in combination with other learning such as philosophy, values or global learning).


The above are some of our most frequently requested professional learning. We know and understand that learning is an intensely personal journey and so encourage people to contact us and discuss their requirements before booking with us.

Almost all of our professional learning is available in the form of workshops, half/full-day sessions, or multi-session/day formats (delivered over a period of time). We can offer twilight taster sessions but do not recommend twilights as an effective form of learning. You will find some open courses on the relevant page links in the menu to the left or listed below, but we prefer to work directly with schools/organisations/clusters in order to optimise the learning potential. All professional learning is subject to our standard booking terms and conditions unless a separate service agreement is in place.


Masters Level Accreditation: Beginning in 2017, Lifeworlds will be able to offer Masters level accreditation as an option to qualifying participants taking our professional learning opportunities. Fulfilled through participation, reflective journals and a short applied assignment, those who select this option will be able to build credits towards a Masters degree or for a PG Cert or PG Diploma option.

Explore some of our popular professional learning using the links in the top left of this page or contact us if you would like to discuss something more specific.

*India 2018 is a study visit project for educators and will run from Sept 2017 through to Sept 2018 with a visit to India included in the learning process. You can register interest with Rob Bowden now.

Essential Learning provides the ideal starting point if this area/focus of learning is new to you. It will introduce new ideas, language and origins, before supporting you to get to grips with key concepts and their relevance to your existing role. Most importantly, our essential sessions provide the time and space to ask questions of us, of yourself and or of your co-learners, all of which we know can be vital to taking the next steps on your journey.


We know that learning through experience is one of the most effective ways to explore and take on new ideas or ways of being. Our Experiential Learning offers 'hands-on' or 'have a go' opportunities for you to directly engage with the relevant area, focus, theory of learning. This positions you as learner, but can also involve in-situ sessions as observed or co-created learning encounters with your own learners or colleagues.


Our deepest level of engagement supporting wider systemic change (whole-school, organisational etc) we call Learning Everywhere. It has been designed to enable an authentic integration of new ideas into existing practice through meaningful change and inclusive and participatory leadership. We draw on the latest theoretical insights, but most importantly root the learning in what works, day-to-day, in busy and complex settings.


I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday's training. It went really well and everyone was really buzzed about P4C in our school. The head was really excited about it too and we have chatted about the way forward from now on in school.

Ali Galpin, Fleckney Primary School, Leicestershire (October 2016)

I wanted to thank you for your input last week and for getting our module off to such a strong start. Feedback from our students has been very positive – one said he found it ‘mind-blowing’!

Jane Bartholomew, Senior Lecturer in Education, Sheffield Hallam University (October 2016)

The African Garden Day was absolutely fantastic. The children have been so enthusiastic all day about getting out there and showing off their garden to the rest of the school!

Charlotte Machin, Y2 teacher, Northwood Broom Community School, Stoke on Trent (October 2016)

I hope you and Rosie know how much I’ve enjoyed working with you both – I think you’re truly excellent writers and learning developers and I’ll be wishing you all the best for the future!

Helen Davis, (outgoing) Education Resource Commisioning Editor, British Red Cross. (Oct 2016)