What is Open Futures?

A CPD programme that helps teachers to build children’s ability ‘to think and to do’...

Open Futures is a teacher CPD programme that helps teachers to build children’s ability ‘to think and to do’. It develops skills of enquiry, both as an end in itself and to underpin learning in three other strands of practical activity - cooking, horticulture and digital filmmaking.


These learning strands (askit, growit, cookit and filmit) are used to help deliver a school’s existing curriculum. The hands-on learning they provide gives children a sense of purpose and develops an understanding of the world around them.  

By integrating engaging, practical and relevant activities into the learning environment, children have access to contexts which enable independent learning and the acquisition of fundamental life skills and knowledge. The Open Futures approach enables teachers to plan learning experiences which raise attainment in literacy, numeracy, science and technology. It allows all learners to engage and contribute positively to the classroom, the school and the community.