Leading Teaching, Learning and CPD

Applications are open to be one of only 20 participants to join our flagship TDT Associate Qualification in Leading Teaching, Learning and CPD.

Aimed at existing and aspiring leaders of teaching and learning in schools, this intensive 6 month course is for exceptional individuals interested in becoming local and national champions of teacher development leadership.

About the Leading Teaching, Learning and CPD Leadership Programme

The programme is co-led by our Chief Executive, David Weston and School Programme Leader, Bethan Hindley and includes 3 days of face-to-face teaching in London, plus email and telephone coaching. The programme is challenging and highly developmental and aims to identify future school and national champions of professional development. It includes critical engagement with research, a visit to another school and an in-school project to evaluate and refine the leadership, culture and process of CPD and developing teaching and learning within your school.

Programme overview

In order to achieve TDT Associate status, you 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 and developing teaching and learning. The programme involves a significant amount of reading and a 7000 word portfolio.

The programme will 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.

Course outline

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

Implementing change

Participants will explore how to evaluate the effectiveness of a school’s culture, process and leadership of CPD and teaching and learning. 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

Participants will be supported to finalise their CPD plans and to align them with the DfE CPD Standards.

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.

Cohort 4

  • Teaching Day 1: Tuesday 5th November 2019
  • Teaching Day 2: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
  • Teaching Day 3: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Application deadline: Friday 4th October 2019

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

Course Leaders

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David Weston

Chief Executive

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

Course Leader

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.



For a Network member school – £995

For a non-member school – £1,495


3 days of input in Central London, plus around 35 hours of self-study and a half day visit to another school which participants will arrange themselves. Ongoing online supervision support will be available.

What are others saying?

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