TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership

TDT Associate Qualification course brochureThe Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership is 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 a robust CPD plan for 2021/22 that aligns with the DfE CPD Standards.

Applications are open to be one of only 20 participants on our 6th Cohort!!

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Who are the course leaders?

The course is co-led by our Chief Executive, David Weston and Training Programme Lead, Bethan Hindley.

David Weston is thDavid Weston imagee 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.BethanHindley

Bethan Hindley is Training Programme Lead 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.

Who is the course for?

CPD Qualification courseIt 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.

What is involved?

Training for the associate qualification includes:

  • 3 days of face-to-face teaching in London
  • Email and telephone coaching
  • Around 35 hours of reading and self-study
  • A half-day 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 do the 3 teaching days cover?

Teaching Day 1

Introduction to key principles

CPD Qualification coursePre-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 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.

Teaching Day 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 Summer Term 2021 deadline. Final submission date will be set during the Autumn Term, 2020.


Course Dates

Cohort 6

  • Teaching Day 1: Thursday 12th November 2020
  • Teaching Day 2: Wednesday 9th December 2020
  • Teaching Day 3: Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Cohort 7

  • Teaching Day 1: Thursday 25th February 2021
  • Teaching Day 2: Wednesday 24th March 2021
  • Teaching Day 3: Tuesday 8th June 2021

Cohort 6 and 7 are now open for applications – please fill in this form to request an application pack.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Cohort 6 deadline: Friday 24th October 2020

Cohort 7 deadline: Friday 29th January 2021

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Our course uses blended learning with a mix of face-to-face, online learning and video sessions that we will flex to adapt to any future circumstances.


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.


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.