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NSO Teacher Training Workshops

The National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) offers a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for teachers that are available at no charge. The courses are funded by Liverpool John Moores University and in most cases funding up to £200 is available to enable teachers to be released from their usual school roles to be able to attend workshops or complete online training.

Types of Course

For further details about each course, please click on the relevant link below

One Day Workshop at the Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University

This course is suitable for teachers who are new to NSO and those who have only made basic use of the facilities available (e.g. requesting an image from the telescope and using software to view it). The workshop will adopt a enquiry-based learning focus to show how activities could be presented to students in a way that would encourage investigation rather than follow a single structured path to complete an activity. Following the workshop there will be on-going support for further development.

We are able to providing funding to help cover the cost of releasing a teacher from school to attend a workshop, and travel costs.

Online CPD Courses

Our online only option has the widest range of CPD topics that we offer. Our plans include short courses aimed at teachers new to the NSO and astronomy in general, and more advanced courses for those who have some experience in teaching astronomy and/or using NSO resources.

With the online CPD there is an opportunity to receive funding to release a teacher from lessons so they can complete the training in school. We can also provide funding to support activities with students that result in a report being sent back to NSO.

Workshops Held in Schools

We now offer schools the opportunity to host a CPD workshop and where possible help recruit teachers who wish to attend. This is a very flexible option as it allows us offer either our normal CPD programme or a bespoke programme according to the specific needs of the teachers attending.

With this option NSO is able to providing funding to help cover the costs of teachers attending the workshop as well as the costs of providing a buffet lunch. We are also able to provide a modest venue fee if necessary.

For further details about these courses please email


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.