On Monday 30th June, the Teacher Development Trust hosted our Summer Celebration Tea in the Members’ Dining Room in the Houses of Parliament.

The event marked the launch of the trust’s Annual Report 2014, and the formal announcement of Lord Andrew Adonis’ and Sir John Holman’s appointment to the charity as Honorary President and Chair of Trustees respectively.

The evening began with some initial networking between the 150 guests, which included policy makers, NTEN school representatives, GoodCPDGuide providers and Trustees. Tea, sandwiches and cakes were served, with a beautiful view of the River Thames from the windows of the historic venue.

Conversations were briefly paused for David Weston to say a few words about how far the Teacher Development Trust has come in the two years since it began, and its mission to achieve access to powerful professional development for all teachers. He outlined the eight policy recommendations released in the Annual Report that would see effective CPD in schools and colleges helping children succeed (read the full press release here). He thanked outgoing Chair of Trustees, Mark McCourt, for his support and hard work in setting up the charity, remembering the Teacher Development Trust’s humble beginnings as “an idea thought up at Mark’s kitchen table”.

Mark then took to the podium to say that he felt privileged to have been part of the charity from the start, and was confident that it would continue to go from strength to strength under his successor, Sir John Holman. Finally, Sir John expressed his eagerness to contribute to the next phase of the Teacher Development Trust’s growth, praising the hard work and dedication of those who have made it what it is today.

Following the speeches, guests returned to networking. Many thanks to OUP, whose kind support of the Trust helped make the event possible. Photos from the evening will be shared shortly.

Other blogs on the event:

Tom Bennett’s witty review Live Like Commons People