Staff Development

On this page you will find many useful resources suitable for your course including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources, websites and videos.

Finding Staff Development Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Most Staff Development books are indicated by the letters S/D, followed by the first three letters of the author’s surname. There may also be some resources of use to you in other sections of the Library.

Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here

Selected Staff Development eBooks

You can access Staff Development eBooks for free from home or college 24/7, which means no lugging heavy books around! Click on one of the eBooks below or visit our eBooks section to search for even more titles. You may need to log in via Shibboleth, or through your institution. Just select 'Northampton College' and log in using your student ID and password.

Reflective Practice for Teaching in Lifelong Learning
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Teaching Today
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How to manage behaviour in further education
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Evidence-based Teaching
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Teaching Teenagers
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The Skillful Teacher
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How to survive your first year in teaching
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A guide to teaching practice
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Staff Development eResources

Here is a list of commonly used resources. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

BBC logoBBC Skillswise: Whether you're at home or at school, you can use Skillswise for free. Their website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
David Didau logoDavid Didau of the Learning Spy is an education expert who has worked to improve standards of education. His website has an informative blog as well as offers for free online CPD.
ELT Journal logoELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in English Language Teaching. Read the latest issue as well as previous issues online.
Jisc logoJisc Childcare and Education Training offers resources including videos, guides and learning and assessment activities to support the competencies required to obtain your qualification.
Pearson logoPearson’s website contains online training, blogs, resources, SEN guidance and subject specific advice.
Research EDResearch ED is a magazine launched in 2018, with articles based on current research that has been conducted by educational
Research Schools Network logoResearch Schools Network is an expanding group of schools who conduct research into the best teaching methods.
Teacher Toolkit logoTeacher Toolkit: Ross Morrison McGill provides a platform for teachers to be heard. Read short articles from teachers across the country. Great for busy teachers!

TES logoTimes Educational Supplement contains a multitude of free and paid resources. The forum is a great place for advice, support and friendly discussion. (Registration required).
The Confident Teacher logoThe Confident Teacher: Alex Quigley, known for his book ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ is a vocabulary specialist. He writes a research-based blog on how to improve your students’ vocabularies.
Moodle Docs logoMoodle Docs: As a teacher in FE or secondary, you may be required to use Moodle. Check out Moodle Docs for all the guidance you need.

Planet eStream Videos

Planet eStream is an amazing video-on-demand service that holds thousands of film, TV and radio resources for use with your studies. Click below to search  videos you may find useful for your course.

To log in:

  1. Go to Planet eStream
  2. Enter your College login details and password then click Log in

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Information and Study skills

The Library can offer support within any of the following areas. Click on any of the topics below to go to the Information and Study Skills Moodle page which includes Study Smart courses for each topic as well as activities, PowerPoint presentations and useful information leaflets.


The Library's Learning Facilitators are available to support you in developing your writing, computer, information and study skills. They are here to help you on your path to independent learning. If you need help with any of the areas listed above please talk to a Learning Facilitator.

Please note that access to Learning Facilitators this year is via appointment only. Please email with information on which areas or topics you would like help with. We will then arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.

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