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

at Leicester and UN

May 22, 2018
by Jean

Free international online course

This year is the second year of the Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLAB) project. We are nearly ready to share learning ideas and resources based around using digital technology creatively with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).

The online course will begin in the first week of June. You can sign up at this link


STEM to STEAM adds the Arts to the integrated and applied study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), to create interdisciplinary challenge-based learning opportunities. Creativity and imagination, which lie at the heart of the arts, are blended with the critical thought and enquiry of STEM.

This is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas based on our international DLaB project work, and encourage you to try them within your teaching.

We would like you to leave each week with something new to try out in practice and we will encourage you to share your experiences and swap ideas on our weekly themes within our Google+ community. You can start sharing ideas in the online community now; there‚Äôs no need to wait for the start date.

Who is this course for?

Our course is aimed at primary and lower secondary teachers, however anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome. It is in English.

February 28, 2014
by Jean

TAs all over the world!

Here at the University of Northampton we have a course for Teaching Assistants working in International Contexts (CITAC). It has been taught in Rome and is currently being taught in Romania.

Romainian TAs practical maths

Wendy Yarnall has just returned from teaching the Mathematics in the Curriculum module.

Here are the TAs in Romania exploring some practical mathematics in their session.

In April Julie Jones will be going to teach the English module.



Romainian TAs working 7 Estelle Tarry leads the CITAC course and she has been around the world working with TAs and their schools. It is interesting to note that Estelle says “The TAs in international schools use similar strategies supporting children’s learning in maths and English in the curriculum but with more of an emphasis on international mindedness which maybe schools in the UK should take stock of.”



Estelle and her colleagues have just written a book to support TAs who work in an international context. Perhaps some of our FDLT students have been TAs in schools abroad. It would be interesting to know what your thoughts are – what are the similarities or differences between your roles in schools abroad and the schools you work in now?

Tarry, E and Cox, A. (2013) Teaching Assistants in International Schools much more than cutting, sticking and washing up paint pots. Woodbridge: John Catts.