Professional Development Programmes

Unlocking expertise in schools

At TDT, we believe in the power of teachers and leaders to create change. Our programmes help extraordinary leaders to empower all staff, creating research rich, expert school cultures where teachers thrive and children succeed

The best available evidence indicates that great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for all pupils, regardless of background, challenge or need.  If teachers are to thrive, we need extraordinary leaders to build healthy, expert school cultures within which continuous development of the art, craft and science of teaching and learning is a priority.

TDT programmes, whether DfE funded National Professional Qualifications or school/trust funded Expert Schools Programmes, provide a robust, coherent, strategic and impactful way to ensure all staff participate meaningfully in tailored, evidence based training and development.

All our programmes have TDT values running through them. They are SMART, always deeply rooted in evidence. They have HEART, with people and relationships at the centre. And they are HUMBLE, we are always curious, we are always learning.

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TDT Expert Schools Programmes

Our  Expert Schools Programmes have our signature Diagnostic Review at the heart.  We always start with a deep, non-judgemental, shared understanding of the effectiveness and implementation of your school or trust CPD programme, identifying areas of strength and improvement based on the 7 domains of people powered school improvement. Then we stay curious and support improvement, with termly coaching conversations and advice on a range of responsive training and qualifications to suit your context.

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Building Expert Schools

We’ve worked with over 500 schools to benchmark and validate CPD approaches and implementation, with evidence of boosting staff performance, retention, morale and recruitment. Working collaboratively with you, we make sure your staff engage in meaningful, evidence based and practical development opportunities that are responsive and fit the needs of your particular context.

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Expert Schools Network

When your school embarks on an Expert Schools Programme with TDT, it becomes part of our Expert Schools Member Network.  As well as supporting you on your professional journey as a CPD lead and having a positive impact on your school or trust, you are part of a Network that drives the narrative and evidence base on effective CPD both nationally and internationally. 

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Building Expert Leaders Programme: Leaders of Professional Learning

A focused group coaching and development programme designed to build the expertise and confidence of CPD Leads in school and trusts. We support you to unpick and better understand the landscape of professional development within your setting, plan next steps with confidence, and access TDT’s latest AI simulation tools to support teacher CPD

Responsive training and qualifications

Our programmes  are carefully designed and delivered by experienced leaders, and our advice following your initial Diagnostic Review, will be well-informed, impartial and based on the review findings.  Our training and qualifications are available as standalone offers, although we would always advise you start with a Building Expert Schools Programme to get a deep understanding of where you currently are in order to move forward with impact.

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TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership

TDTs Flagship Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership is an 8-month intensive course, which counts towards Chartered Status at the Chartered College of Teaching. You will create a robust CPD plan for your school that aligns with DfE CPD Standards. Now recruiting to our 11th cohort.

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Pedagogical Coaching Training

A powerful way to improve teaching and learning, together we develop an internal team of pedagogical coaches who are welcomed into classrooms to help colleagues review and improve practice. Our model balances the need for rigour with the need to build confidence and ownership of learning.  Also known as Instructional Coaching

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Collaborative Enquiry Training

Stimulates enthusiasm, curiosity and critical reflection and embeds research informed thinking. We walk a group of your staff through the creation of a rigorous and carefully structured approach to collaborative supportive teacher enquiry that balances individual autonomy with school and team priorities. Also known as Lesson Study

Do you represent a Multi Academy Trust, local authority, diocese or other group of schools? Talk to us and we’ll help you design a combination of review and support that suits your context

Hear what school leaders say:

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Our Expert Schools Network

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“Being part of this programme  gave us experience and training in how to manage change. Knowledge and grounding to evaluate what the school was doing. And, provided opportunities for collaborative learning with other schools.”

TDT National Professional Qualifications (NPQ’s)

TDT is proud to be a Lead Provider of NPQs, with sector leading satisfaction and pass rates amongst our participants and a growing reputation for a thoughtful, reflective approach to bringing the frameworks to life.  Our design principles recognise the centrality of people, culture, sensemaking and implementation to sustainable continuous improvement, along with a flexible and mindful consideration of workload and the pressures of school life. We’re very proud to work with a network of Delivery Partners who bring local expertise and context to our robust national programmes.


NPQ for Leading Teaching

This NPQ will enable you to:

  • create a culture of high expectation around the quality of teaching and learning
  •  support colleagues with all aspects of their teaching
  • contribute to effective professional development linked to teaching, curriculum and assessment

NPQ for Leading Teacher Development

This NPQ will enable you to:

  • implement evidence-based professional development programmes focused on improving classroom teaching
  • promote a strong CPD culture across your school
  • develop your skills and confidence in supporting those new to teaching


NPQ for Leading Behaviour & Culture

This NPQ will enable you to:

  • set a culture of high expectations and learning 
  • create conditions for good behaviour,  ensuring colleagues are supported in their classroom-level approaches
  • support pupil wellbeing and understanding the impact this has on behaviour


NPQ for Leading Literacy

This NPQ will enable you to:

  • run literacy improvement strategies cconfidently, using evidence of what works
  • support colleagues who want to develop their pupils’ reading

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NPQ for Senior Leadership

This NPQ will enable you to:

  •  lead and tackle school improvement priorities
  • support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
  • contribute  strategically
  • help ensure staff feel supported and


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NPQ for Headship

This NPQ will enable you to gain confidence in leading:

  • curriculum and assessment
  • behaviour
  • professional development
  • governance and accountability
  • implementing school improvements



NPQ for Early Years Leadership

This NPQ will enable you to gain confidence in:

  • delivering high-quality early education and care
  • organisational management and staff development
  • giving feedback to parents and carers
  • working with children who have additional and special educational needs
  • implementing improvements

NPQ for Executive Leadership

 This NPQ will give you confidence and skills in:

  • the specialist expertise required to run a multi-school organisation
  • developing processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across schools
  • effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies

Early Headship Coaching Offer

A 12-month programme which provides targeted support for teachers new to the role of headship, or for those in their first five years of headship.

You will enjoy:

  • group coaching
  • one-to-one support
  • peer networking

To participate, you need to have taken or be currently taking the NPQH

Hear what teachers and school leaders say:

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“Staff are very much valuing their engagement with the Teacher Development Trust on the NPQ suite of qualifications. High quality input topromote high quality thinking to support high quality organisations.”

Our Delivery Partner Network

Our carefully selected network of Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 21 locations in England, Guernsey and the United Arab Emirates. Some Delivery Partners deliver in more than one region, so please ensure you are able to travel to your chosen local delivery location. 

Please use our interactive map to see where our partners are based and what courses they are offering. 

See the overview table of what courses our Delivery Partner’s are offering for 2023-24. 

TDT in Independent and International Schools

TDT is a registered charity. Our charitable mission is to “advance education for the benefit of the public and in particular by promoting and encouraging effective professional development in teaching and education in England and Wales.” 

We currently work with several UK independent schools, including Eton, plus a number of international schools in Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This work contributes to our research and impact in England and Wales and we create regular opportunities for peer to peer collaboration and practice sharing throughout our networks.

Want to find out more?

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your options with our team

What International school leaders say:

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“Working flexibly with TDT, experts in teacher professoinal development, has helped us develop and retain staff, whilst keeping us up todate on the latest research and evidence.”

Research and Insights

Read about the research that underpins our work and our insights into effective CPD


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Our Impact

On school improvement, teaching and learning, morale and teacher retention