A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

July 25, 2022
by Jean

Exploring contemporary educators

As students about to start studying in Higher Education it is useful for you to know about people who work in the field of education. A useful way of beginning this is to listen to radio programmes such as The Educators. This is available on Radio 4 at here.

You might listen to the episode about mathematics educator, Jo Boaler and then try the episode about educational researcher, John Hattie and then just browse to listen to what takes your interest.

As you listen consider how what you are hearing relates to your own educational experience both as a pupil and as a student, and your professional experience in schools.

July 21, 2022
by Jean

Preaparing to study at university

As you begin to study in Higher Education you’ll find that there are lots of sources of support. The Skills Hub at the University of Northampton is one of these. When you have enrolled as a student you will be able to access all of the resources but until then you can access the content under Academic Skills, How to Study and How to Research. You can find the Skills Hub here.

You might also wish to buy a study skills book such as The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell. This is a useful book in your first year, but also has useful sections to use in the second and third years. There is a supporting website here. Having said this there are many useful study skills books so you could have a browse and choose one that you like the look of.

As you begin in the course you will find plenty of study skills support available to you through your tutors in taught sessions and resources and people available to you through the university face to face and online. 

July 14, 2022
by Jean

Group, venue and parking details for September 2022

The BALT groups and the FDLT groups start in week beginning 12th September, on your venue day. 

FDLT Year 1

Tuesday: Waterside Campus, Northampton

Thurssday: Devonshire Place, Leicester (Waterside for Day 1 only)

FDLT Year 2

Monday: Waterside Campus, Northampton

Wednesday: Devonshire Place, Leicester


Tuesday: Devonshire Place, Leicester 

Thursday: Waterside Campus Northampton.

Venue details:


Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, LEICESTER, LE2 0RA

Parking: the car park is accessed via Prebend Street and is free for you to use on your student day.


Waterside Campus, University Drive, NORTHAMPTON, NN15PH.

Information about travel and transport for Waterside Campus is available here.

July 13, 2022
by Jean

BookCreator certification and BookCreator Ambassador

BookCreator logoBookCreator is a fantastic tool for creating digital learning resources in education. It has a great range of accessibility tools that make it useful for all ages and abilities.

list of book creator modulesIf you are new to BookCreator a good way to learn about it is to complete the Level 1 certification. You can access it here.

It provides a clear and user friendly overview and is the perfect way to get started.


If you are a current student you will have been using BookCreator on the FDLT course- I saw some fabulous examples in PDT1076 in autumn 2021, 2020 and 2019.

If you continued to use BookCreator you could apply to become a BookCreator Ambassador. Applications open on July 18th here

As university students and people supporting learning in schools you should create a teacher account not a student account. In BookCreator terms students are pupils.

July 12, 2022
by Jean

Exploring stop motion animation with FDLT year 1.

In the final FDLT year 1 session the students worked together to create their own stop motion animations. In this activity they brought together subject knowledge and practical and creative skills to convey some information or an idea. In a very short time and with limited resources they made the examples below. Had we had more time they would have added sound effects and / or music as well. 

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