Weather and Climate Teacher CPD – Running now

Our award winning, online weather and climate CPD course for secondary geography teachers, Come Rain or Shine, has just started its 8th run on the FutureLearn platform.

It will run for 15 weeks from the 1st October until the end of January 2019. During the 1st 3 weeks, expert mentors will be on hand to answer questions and respond to comments.

Access is free for 5 weeks from whenever you start the course. However, on this occasion only, thanks to a collaboration with the British Council, participants in OECD countries will have free, unlimited access to all the resources.

The learning objectives for the course are:

  • Describe the weather features associated with depressions, anticyclones and the four main air masses which affect the UK.
  • Interpret a synoptic or weather chart, to provide details about wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover.
  • Describe some of the physical processes which give rise to weather, such as convection, condensation, pressure gradients and the Coriolis force.
  • Investigate local weather conditions using readily available instruments.
  • Explain some of the processes which transfer energy through the Earth system, including the transient effects of volcanoes and changes in the Earth’s orbit, and how these processes relate to the Earth’s climate.
  • Apply their understanding of mid-latitude weather systems to the analysis of weather data and images.