School Improvement through People Development
Helping you create a thriving, research-rich school improvement culture that sticks
Even the most successful school leaders can find themselves pouring ever-more effort and ideas into their schools only to be met with change fatigue.
Our charity has helped 100s of school leaders like you to gain the insights, support and confidence needed to overcome these barriers.
I feel the approach to CPD of ALL staff has become more strategically aligned with the school’s development plan”
– Bernadette Kaye, South Shore Academy
We use our expertise and research to help you to identify and successfully embed carefully-designed changes, powered by the growth of your people, that make your existing improvement plans work more effectively.
Use membership to harness the
7 Domains of School Improvement
Domain 1: Culture and Wellbeing
Do staff feel buy-in and engagement to the development on offer?
Is there an open culture of collaboration and peer observation?
Do staff feel supported to grow in their careers?
Domain 2: Focus
Is CPD focused on improving teaching and learning?
Do staff have the opportunity to apply, embed and refine new ideas gained from CPD?
Does the school’s CPD meet a balance of generic pedagogical, subject-specific and pastoral needs?
Domain 3: Needs Analysis & Evaluation
Is CPD targeted at the needs of particular teachers and the pupils with whom they work?
Is the impact of CPD being planned and evaluated?
Do staff feel the CPD on offer is aligned to their needs?
Domain 4: Internal Support & Challenge
Are internal experts within the school trained and deployed effectively?
Are performance management processes conducive to effective staff CPD?
Are there opportunities to engage with critical friendships, coaching or collaborative enquiry?
Domain 5: Use of Expert Knowledge
How does the school commission external providers of CPD?
Are there opportunities to look outwardly and collaborate with other schools?
When staff attend external courses, are they given sufficient time and support to embed new ideas or strategies?
Domain 6: Processes & Structures for CPD
Is there sufficient leadership capacity and clarity around staff development?
What do career pathways look like, and are these fair/clear to all?
Is there enough time safeguarded for PD and is this time maximised?
Is staff development and meeting time structured effectively?
Domain 7: Use of Research and Evidence
Are professional development processes rooted in evidence-based theories?
Do staff have access to pedagogical research to inform their practice?
TDT Membership Components
Benchmark your school against 7 domains and reveal insights that unlock effective change. Our process brings together your own insights with anonymous staff survey results, while your expert coach triangulates this with staff interviews and policy reviews.
Termly support calls with your expert TDT coach ensure that you can reflect on your plans, solve problems, find and use the right tools from your TDT membership and learn with other schools.
Your coach helps you design and evaluate your progress, using TDT’s change and impact framework.
Network-exclusive online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.
Key topics include leadership of professional learning, needs analysis and evaluation, and governance.
Collaborative Enquiry training
Stimulate enthusiasm, curiosity and critical reflection in your staff and embed research-informed thinking. Our programme walks you through the creation of a rigorous and carefully structured approach to teacher enquiry that balances individual autonomy with school and team priorities.
A powerful way to improve teaching & learning. Build a team of trusted pedagogical coaches who are welcomed into classrooms to help staff review and improve practice.
Our model balances the need for rigour with the need to build confidence and ownership of learning.
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.
You will critically engage with leading research and experience best practice first-hand, creating a robust CPD plan for 2021/22 that aligns with the DfE CPD Standards.
Now running into its 8th cohort, our flagship programme comprises three taught days of input, coaching and gap-tasks including literature reviews and organisational diagnostic reviews that culminate in the writing of a 7000-word assessed portfolio.
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Being part of this project has been a key driver in our school improvement. Our recent HMI visit recognised the changes we have made as a result”
James Calvert Spencer College
Being involved in this
programme has been reassuring,
supportive and has provided our
school with direction and clarity
on the academy’s CPD priorities
The Teacher Development is the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. Founded in 2012 by teachers and school leaders, our mission is powerful professional development in every school & college so that teachers thrive and children succeed.
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Pride Matters: 5 actions for inclusion and quality for leaders
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The 7 domains of school improvement through people development
By reviewing your CPD through the lens of seven domains focused on school culture and the needs of teaching staff, we can address common concerns about why CPD is not working. TDT Co-CEO, David Weston explains. Increasingly, school leaders recognise that schools can...
Top 10 takeaways from the Learning Technologies Exhibition
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My NPQ for Leading Teaching journey with TDT
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5 Tips from the NPQ for Leading Literacy
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Embracing co-leadership at TDT: announcing two Co-CEOs
We’re excited to share some news that marks a new era for the Teacher Development Trust. We’re proud to announce that Gareth Conyard, formerly Director of Education at the TDT, has been appointed as Co-CEO (Impact & Delivery) while David Weston will become Co-CEO...
Five ways to avoid ineffective ‘instructional coaching’
The instructional coaching approach is being misunderstood in some schools leading to ineffective support for teachers. TDT CEO, David Weston explains why and considers what we should be doing. The word “instruction” in “instructional coaching” is still leading to...
Voices from the TDT Network: Jane Kennedy, Education Durham
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What you need to know about the new NPQEYL
Gareth Conyard, Director of Education at Teacher Development Trust speaks about the importance of the new qualification available for the sector. Just over a decade ago I was lucky enough to work with Professor Cathy Nutbrown on her review of early years...
Coaching in Schools: Voices from the TDT Network Webinar video
Find out more about coaching in schools in our webinar video. Hosted by TDT Expert Advisors, Sharon Ealing and Concettina Johnson, with Assistant Associate Headteacher of Cheltenham Bournside School, Paul Lockyer. https://vimeo.com/781558943/a1c03fa569 ...