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 robust CPD plans for 2021/22 and beyond 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 Director of Education, Maria Cunningham and Network Learning Lead, Amit Chadda.

Maria Cunningham is Director of Education for Teacher Development Trust. She has led and contributed to national programmes including TDT’s DfE-funded CPD Excellence Hubs, the Wellcome CPD Quality Assurance Project and Nesta EdTech R&D Programme. Maria regularly writes for publications including SecEd, Headteacher Update, Tes and Schools Week and authored a chapter for the Research-Informed Teaching Revolution. In March 2021, Maria co-authored the working paper ‘A culture of improvement: reviewing the research on teacher working conditions’ alongside David Weston and Bethan Hindley.

Amit Chadda is Network Learning Lead for Teacher Development Trust. He has worked in middle and senior leadership roles including Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form, Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts and Head of Music. Amit brings expertise in professional development, coaching and mentoring, curriculum design as well as pastoral and safeguarding systems. He has coached and supported teachers across a range of schools, subjects and phases and he is particularly interested in developing and nurturing teachers and leaders through research and values driven methods.

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

CPD Qualification course

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 Spring Term 2022 deadline. Final submission date will be set during the Autumn Term, 2021.


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Key teaching dates for Cohort 8

  • Thursday 11th November 2021
  • Wednesday 8th December 2021
  • Tuesday 1st March 2022

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Our course is delivered remotely, making use of a range of dynamic synchronous and asynchronous learning methods.

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.