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. Participants will critically engage with leading research and experience best practice first-hand, creating a robust CPD plan for 2020/21 that aligns with the DfE CPD Standards.
Applications are open to be one of only 20 participants on our February cohort. (Our November cohort is now full).
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Who are the course leaders?
The course is co-led by our Chief Executive, David Weston and School Programme Leader, Bethan Hindley.
David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, and the Chair of the Department for Education’s Teacher Development Expert Group. He is an author and former secondary maths and physics teacher. David is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and sits on the College’s Council.
Bethan Hindley is School Programme Leader for the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective CPD in schools and colleges. A former maths and economics teacher, she now leads on the Trust’s courses and works with head teachers and leaders across the UK to improve the quality of their processes for staff professional learning.
Who is the course for?
It is aimed at existing and aspiring CPD leaders in schools. Our previous successful associates include: Assistant Headteachers, Headteachers, Vice Principals, Heads of Teaching and Learning, CPD Leads, Deputy Headteachers, Teaching Academy Directors, Directors of Learning, Subject Heads.
What is involved?
Training for the associate qualification includes:
- 3 days of face-to-face teaching in London
- Email and telephone coaching
- Around 35 hours of reading and self-study
- A half-day visit to another school, which participants arrange themselves
- An in-school project to evaluate and refine the leadership, culture and process of CPD within your school
- Production of a 7000-word portfolio
- Ongoing online supervision support
Participants will be supported to create a CPD plan for 2020/21 and demonstrate how it aligns with leading research, the DfE CPD Standards and best international practice around CPD.
What does the programme cover?
- Timing and structure of CPD.
- Commissioning and engaging with expertise.
- Creating a framework for evaluation.
- Designing CPD with impact.
- Fostering an effective culture for teacher learning.
- Developing your senior and middle leadership teams.
- Creating route maps for career development.
Request application information to be sent a course brochure, more information about applying and the application form.
See dates and costs on the right of this page. If you have any questions, please call the team on 020 3961 6794.
What do the 3 teaching days cover?
Teaching Day 1
Introduction to key principles
Pre-study: reading around professional development research including the work of key international figures such as Philippa Cordingley, Helen Timperley and Viviane Robinson.
Participants will explore the research behind effective professional learning – both process and leadership. This will include analysis of current approaches to performance management.
Intersession task: A critical review of the research. Evaluation of current plans and approaches and background research reading.
Teaching Day 2
Participants will explore how to evaluate the effectiveness of a school’s culture, process and leadership of CPD. They will identify the priorities for their CPD plans. They will explore practical examples of good practice from other schools.
Intersession work: Carry out evaluation. Complete draft 1 for 2020/21 CPD plan. Supported to engage with further theory and visit other schools.
Coaching conversation and visit
Participants will carry out a visit and will arrange a coaching call with a TDT Associate (previous course participant) or Course Leader to support their work.
Teaching Day 3
Finalising portfolio and becoming a CPD Champion
Participants will be supported to finalise their CPD plans and to align them with the DfE CPD Standards. Participants will also develop evaluation strategies to rigorously measure the impact of the CPD plans. Finally, participants will consider how they can become local and national champions of CPD!
Draft and Final Submission
Participants will submit a full portfolio draft for review for a Summer Term 2020 deadline. Final submission date will be set during the Autumn Term, 2019.
- Teaching Day 1: Tuesday 5th November 2019
- Teaching Day 2: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
- Teaching Day 3: Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Cohort 4 is now full – follow the link below to request an application pack for cohort 5.
- Teaching Day 1: Thursday 27th February 2020
- Teaching Day 2: Thursday 26th March 2020
- Teaching Day 3: Thursday 11th June 2020
Application deadline: Friday 31st January 2020
TDT Network member schools – £995
Non-member schools – £1,495
- Cultivate transformative CPD leadership in your school using a plan based on leading research, the DfE CPD Standards and best international practice around CPD
- Raise teacher morale and staff retention through prioritising workforce development to become an employer of choice
- Improve outcomes for students, particularly the most disadvantaged, through effective teacher development
- Become a local and national Champion of professional development.
100% of current participants would recommend this course to colleagues
100% of current participants agree that the content is pitched at the right level of challenge
100% of current participants agree with the course’s balance between input and activities
“Although change is something sweeping through my context in so many ways, having a research-informed and well thought through approach to professional learning has provided a useful anchor in turbulent times.” Assistant Principal in Leicester.
“The research disrupted our orthodoxies and challenged us to grow; there was a supportive and collegiate approach with coaching used to help us throughout the course; the leaders of the course were deeply involved with the process because, in their own words, they are ‘CPD geeks’.” Deputy Headteacher in London.