Training


From free information sessions and online courses to full CPD days and the Maker{School} Awards, we have a range of professional development and training to suit everyone. We can also design bespoke sessions for your setting. Contact us to find out more.

For all educators

Makerspaces for Creative Learning

An online course for educators interested in learning more about makerspaces and how to get started in your setting. Free - learn at your own pace.

Duration: 3 weeks (learn at your own pace)

Cost: Free

Recommended for: Maker{School} Bronze Award

This 3 week Futurelearn Course is a must for anyone wanting to know more about makerpaces, why we need them and how to get started. Learn at your own pace with this interactive online programme from the University of Sheffield.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in makerspaces and how they are used in formal and informal learning spaces.

It will be of particular interest for people who use or work in early years settings, schools, museums, libraries, community settings and parents or teachers.

Get started!

"As a complete beginner to Makerspaces, this course really was brilliant, with some great ideas that can be applied to your own setting."

Schools and early years settings

Introduction to Maker{School}

A twilight session to establish the basics of setting up classroom makerspaces and projects 

Duration: 1 - 1.5hrs

Delivery: Face to face at your setting, for all school staff

Cost: £200 plus VAT, or can be combined with a Maker{Move} visit for a reduced cost. This training is included with a Bronze Award bursary.

Recommended for: Maker{School} Bronze Award

"giving staff a supportive space and time to create together, strengthen our team working and inspire staff to collaborate and innovate. "
Feedback from a twilight session

Developing as a Maker{School}

A full day INSET that includes: Introducing and using tools, classroom makerspaces, suppliers, safety & risk, pedagogy & practice. 

Duration: One day

Delivery: Face to face at your setting or at the next Maker{School} learning conference. For all school staff.

Cost: Contact us to discuss your requirements and we will provide a quote.  This is included with a Silver Award bursary

Recommended for: Maker{School} Silver Award


"Maker is what seems to have been forgotten in the curriculum"
Teaching assistant

"Fab to build whole staff skills and so useful to have time together to plan" EYFS teacher

Whole school INSET day 

How can the Maker{School} approach harness your existing curriculum to inspire creators, innovators and problem solvers?

Join us for your free INSET day at the University of Sheffield. 

Getting started with Maker{School} Silver Award in KS2

A face to face training workshop over two days. Practical skill builders in all 5 areas of the maker curriculum.

Plus…

Practical ideas for use in the classroom
Time and support for project planning

Duration: One day

Cost: £200pp + £100 (plus VAT) for any additional colleagues. Two places are included with a Silver Award bursary

Recommended for: Maker{School} Silver Award

Next dates: coming soon  - three dates planned for 24/25

"I learned new skills that will be useful every day at school"

"Extremely clear explanation of the pedagogy behind a maker curriculum and how it works in the classroom. Examples of planning sequences and maker areas in different schools will be useful to implement straight away. "

"we were able to share ideas with each other and have fun experimenting with different types of skill building. It felt like we were learning things that were transferable to the classroom and children"

Feedback from KS2 teachers

Getting started with Maker{School} Silver Award in the Early Years and KS1

A face to face training workshop over two days. Practical skill builders in all 5 areas of the maker curriculum.

Plus…

Practical ideas for use in the classroom
Time and support for project planning

Duration: One day

Cost: £200pp + £100 (plus VAT) for any additional colleagues. Two places are included with a Silver Award bursary

Recommended for: Maker{School} Silver Award

Next dates: Coming soon - three dates planned for 24/25

"insightful, supportive and inspiring"

"The professional dialogues helped me to have original ideas and space to think beyond the norm."

Feedback from EYFS and KS1 teachers

The Maker{School} Collective is an inspiring, collaborative and supportive community for teachers interested in maker education. We currently meet face to face six to eight times a year in Sheffield or online to share ideas, get inspiration and eat pizza! 

Teaching Digital Literacy: Videogames in Education

Dive into the fascinating world of videogames in education and discover the positive impact games can have on children’s learning. Free - learn at your own pace.

Duration: 4 Weeks (Learn at your own pace)

Delivery: Online

Cost: Free

On this four-week course from the University of Sheffield, you’ll explore new ways to teach digital literacies with videogames, helping you to use videogames and game design as an educational tool.

Explore how to teach digital literacies through videogames

Through this dynamic course, you’ll discover the 5 Cs model of teaching digital literacy:

Using these skills, you’ll be able to enhance your teaching and use videogames in your classroom to provide important new opportunities to children.

Get started!

Museums

Museum Educator Training

Museums provide inspiration for family fun and creative sessions with making.

Duration: half or full day

Delivery: Face to face at your museum

Cost: From £300 plus VAT

This half or full day course is delivered at your museum for education and learning teams.

Learning on this course

This is a fun, hands-on course where you will work alongside colleagues to develop your maker-based practices. 

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for museums wanting to get started with maker activities and makerspaces. 

Contact us to get started

Libraries

Library Educator Training

From maker clubs to story inspired making, libraries are a great place for a makerspace.

Duration: half or full day

Delivery: Face to face at your library

Cost: From £300 plus VAT

This half or full day course is delivered at your library to a team of librarians and other relevant staff and volunteers.

Learning on this course

This is a fun, hands-on course where you will work alongside colleagues to develop your maker education practices. 


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...


Who is the course for?

This course is designed for libraries wanting to get started with maker activities and makerspaces. 

Contact us to get started

Our pop-up mobile makerspace can bring maker activities to your education setting, museum, library or community space.

How do we become a Maker{School}?

You can register your interest in becoming a Maker{School} and join our mailing list. Take a look at how our awards process works or get in touch with the Maker{Futures} team to find out more.