School Improvement through People Development
Helping you create a thriving, research-rich school improvement culture that sticks
Even the most successful school leaders can find themselves pouring ever-more effort and ideas into their schools only to be met with change fatigue.
Our charity has helped 100s of school leaders like you to gain the insights, support and confidence needed to overcome these barriers.
I feel the approach to CPD of ALL staff has become more strategically aligned with the school’s development plan”
– Bernadette Kaye, South Shore Academy
We use our expertise and research to help you to identify and successfully embed carefully-designed changes, powered by the growth of your people, that make your existing improvement plans work more effectively.
Use membership to harness the
7 Domains of School Improvement
Domain 1: Culture and Wellbeing
Do staff feel buy-in and engagement to the development on offer?
Is there an open culture of collaboration and peer observation?
Do staff feel supported to grow in their careers?
Domain 2: Focus
Is CPD focused on improving teaching and learning?
Do staff have the opportunity to apply, embed and refine new ideas gained from CPD?
Does the school’s CPD meet a balance of generic pedagogical, subject-specific and pastoral needs?
Domain 3: Needs Analysis & Evaluation
Is CPD targeted at the needs of particular teachers and the pupils with whom they work?
Is the impact of CPD being planned and evaluated?
Do staff feel the CPD on offer is aligned to their needs?
Domain 4: Internal Support & Challenge
Are internal experts within the school trained and deployed effectively?
Are performance management processes conducive to effective staff CPD?
Are there opportunities to engage with critical friendships, coaching or collaborative enquiry?
Domain 5: Use of Expert Knowledge
How does the school commission external providers of CPD?
Are there opportunities to look outwardly and collaborate with other schools?
When staff attend external courses, are they given sufficient time and support to embed new ideas or strategies?
Domain 6: Processes & Structures for CPD
Is there sufficient leadership capacity and clarity around staff development?
What do career pathways look like, and are these fair/clear to all?
Is there enough time safeguarded for PD and is this time maximised?
Is staff development and meeting time structured effectively?
Domain 7: Use of Research and Evidence
Are professional development processes rooted in evidence-based theories?
Do staff have access to pedagogical research to inform their practice?
TDT Membership Components
Benchmark your school against 7 domains and reveal insights that unlock effective change. Our process brings together your own insights with anonymous staff survey results, while your expert coach triangulates this with staff interviews and policy reviews.
Termly support calls with your expert TDT coach ensure that you can reflect on your plans, solve problems, find and use the right tools from your TDT membership and learn with other schools.
Your coach helps you design and evaluate your progress, using TDT’s change and impact framework.
Network-exclusive online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.
Key topics include leadership of professional learning, needs analysis and evaluation, and governance.
Teacher Research Groups
& Lesson Study
Stimulate enthusiasm, curiosity and critical reflection in your staff and embed research-informed thinking. Our programme walks you through the creation of a rigorous and carefully structured approach to teacher enquiry that balances individual autonomy with school and team priorities.
A powerful way to improve teaching & learning. Build a team of trusted pedagogical coaches who are welcomed into classrooms to help staff review and improve practice.
Our model balances the need for rigour with the need to build confidence and ownership of learning.
TDT Associate Qualification
in CPD Leadership
The Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership is a 6-month intensive course designed to nurture future school and national champions of professional development.
You will critically engage with leading research and experience best practice first-hand, creating a robust CPD plan for 2021/22 that aligns with the DfE CPD Standards.
Now running into its 8th cohort, our flagship programme comprises three taught days of input, coaching and gap-tasks including literature reviews and organisational diagnostic reviews that culminate in the writing of a 7000-word assessed portfolio.
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Being part of this project has been a key driver in our school improvement. Our recent HMI visit recognised the changes we have made as a result”
James Calvert Spencer College
Being involved in this
programme has been reassuring,
supportive and has provided our
school with direction and clarity
on the academy’s CPD priorities
The Teacher Development is the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. Founded in 2012 by teachers and school leaders, our mission is powerful professional development in every school & college so that teachers thrive and children succeed.
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Events and conferences
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In our free webinar video recorded on 29th June 2022, join TDT's Head of Delivery, Bethan Hindley, TDT Director of Education, Gareth Conyard and current NPQLT participant, Sarah Dunsby for a panel discussion on NPQ career pathways, changes to leadership approach,...
Bringing the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change strategy to life: Creating the foundations for effective implementation in schools webinar video
The Department for Education's recent publication of the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy (2022) emphasises that together the education sector has a responsibility for preparing children and young people for the challenges and opportunities to create a...
This free webinar video recorded on 27th June 2022 features a Q&A with a panel of experienced school and thought leaders sharing their experiences of embedding effective CPD strategies. https://vimeo.com/731043706/1c4f1a1c54 TDT Network Membership Interested in...
Watch TDT CEO, David Weston's CPD Leadership Clinic webinar video from 14th June 2022. David explores and discusses effective approaches to CPD planning and takes questions from the audience. https://vimeo.com/721397025/31b028e56d TDT Network Membership Interested in...
All about the new NPQ in Executive Leadership If you’ve been a headteacher or a head of school, you may be considering taking the next step in your career and learning to lead across a group of schools as an Executive Leader. If so, the government now fully funds* the...
As educators, we are faced with the inconvenient truth that climate change is likely to have a greater impact on vulnerable communities. It is because of this that we encourage all school leaders and teachers to begin with the ‘why’ of sustainability and climate...
Join us for a week of great activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Teacher Development Trust. Our 'Smart, Heart, Humble' week will include: Diagnosing Need and CPD Planning, free webinar, Monday 27th June at 4pm: TDT CEO, David Weston, TDT Expert Advisor,...
For National Thank A Teacher Day 2022 TDT NPQ Facilitation Lead, Joanna Jukes gives thanks to an inspirational teacher. With his dry wit and a penchant for chalk and talk, Mr Coull was my teacher inspiration. I feel so privileged to have been taught by him...
TDT Expert Advisor, Sharon Ealing gives thanks to a fantastic teacher for National Thank A Teacher Day 2022. Thanks to Mrs Hitchco, one of my Primary school teachers, she was the first to inspire my love of reading. We had very few books at home and very rarely heard...
For National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, TDT's Head of Partnerships, Ejike Agubor thanks an inspirational teacher. The trombone. What a brilliant musical instrument. It has such a unique sound, and to think I would never have discovered it had it not been for the...
For National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, TDT Expert Advisor, Kat Howard gives her gratitude to a wonderful teacher. I think we spend a great deal of time during childhood figuring out how we are the same and how we are different from one another and I was no exception....
National Thank A Teacher Day 2022 is on Thursday 26th May. TDT's Director of Education, Gareth Conyard gives thanks to an inspirational teacher. Mr Walker was THAT teacher for me. The one we all remember. The one that transformed the way that I thought about myself...
With National Thank A Teacher Day 2022 approaching (26th May), TDT’s Communication and Partnership Manager, Matt Dean gives thanks to a great teacher who had a real impact on him. I had the pleasure of being taught Geography by Rob Moorhouse in Year 8 at Therfield...
National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) have been around for nearly two decades but have recently had an overhaul. What has changed and what can you expect if you sign-up to do an NPQ with TDT? First, the wider context. The transformation of NPQs has...
The TDT Network is a community of schools dedicated to developing and striving towards world-class, evidence-informed professional learning and for the past 10 years this flagship event has offered a rare opportunity for like-minded CPD leaders to come together to...
Stressed? Overwhelmed? Anxious? If we are to put in place a schools recovery plan to help teaching staff and leaders, we need to know what challenges we are addressing and how to address them. TDT's Director of Education, Gareth Conyard reflects on wellbeing and CPD....
April is ‘Stress Awareness Month’. I have never fully accepted the virtue of designating a month (or a week or a day) to a specific theme. Or rather, I get the idea is to raise awareness, but the risk is that it becomes a tokenistic thing, a way of looking...
Sarah Dunsby, Head of Geography at Bushey Meads School, embarked on her TDT NPQLT this autumn with our delivery partner Shared Learning Trust. Here, she shares with us her diary recording her experiences and reflections so far; and how the TDT NPQLT curriculum and...
Sarah Dunsby, Head of Geography at Bushey Meads School tells TDT about her experiences on our National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) so far. Why did you choose to take a National Professional Qualification with the Teacher Development Trust?...