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Applications are open to be one of only 20 participants to join our flagship TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership.

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

About the 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 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. 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. 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.

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