The TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership

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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.

Participants will critically engage with leading research and experience best practice first-hand, creating robust CPD plans for 2020/21 and 2021/2 that align with the DfE CPD Standards.

Join this course to:

  • 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.


Who should apply?

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.

Who are the course leaders?

The course is co-led by our Chief Executive, David Weston and Training Programme Lead, Bethan Hindley.

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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.

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Bethan Hindley is Training Programme Lead for Teacher Development Trust. A Teach First Ambassador with experience of both UK and overseas teaching and leadership, she supports the trust as an expert advisor and course content creator. She sits on the CollectivED advisory board and has published in SecEd, Tes, and the Chartered College International Teacher CPD Report.

What is involved?

Training for the associate qualification includes:

  • Online blended learning with 3 live webinars
  • Email and telephone coaching
  • Around 50 hours of asynchronous activities and self-study
  • A 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 2021/22 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.

See dates and costs on the right of this page.  If you have any questions, please call the team on 020 3961 6794.


What content does the course cover?

Unit 1

Introduction To Key Principles

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Blended learning 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.

Portfolio tasks: A critical review of the research. Prepare to review current plans and approaches by collating initial evidence.

Unit 2

Implementing Change

Participants will explore how to review the effectiveness of a school’s culture, process and leadership of CPD. They will use this information to identify the priorities for their CPD plans. Participants will explore practical examples of good practice from other schools.

Portfolio tasks: Carry out review. Complete draft 1 for 2021/22 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.

Unit 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 2021 deadline. Final submission date will be set during the Spring Term, 2021.


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Key teaching dates for Cohort 7

  • Thursday 25th February 2021
  • Wednesday 24th March 2021
  • Tuesday 8th June 2021

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Our course uses blended learning with a mix of face-to-face (live webinars), online learning and video sessions that we will flex to adapt to any future circumstances.

Cost

TDT Network member schools – £995

Non-member schools – £1,495

Course benefits

  • 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.

Testimonials

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.