CPD Quality Audit

The most effective professional development not only boosts staff performance, retention, morale and recruitment, but can have a strong impact on pupil outcomes.

The Teacher Development Trust audit tool will give you an in-depth understanding of what this looks like in your context, and guide you to improve the effectiveness of your school’s in-house approach to CPD.

CPD Quality Framework

Our CPD quality framework builds on the international evidence of what works, and looks at the following seven areas:

  • Culture and Wellbeing
  • Focus
  • Needs Analysis and Evaluation
  • Internal Support and Challenge
  • Use of Expert Knowledge
  • Processes and structures of CPD
  • Research, Innovation and Evidence

Our framework is underpinned by practices from the most effective schools which not only deliver impact but create a high-morale staff environment, with significant emphasis on the quality of the research, evidence and evaluation methods that are used.

Standards in a number of areas are deliberately high and the majority of schools are working towards the Bronze level when they first use the tool.

“Wellacre has used the TDT’s audit tool to further help develop the school by continually improving the effectiveness of staff professional development. One of the most positive developments in the past two years, since achieving the silver award, is the greater focus on using academic research to improve pupil outcomes. The Gold award recognises the extensive work staff do in undertaking training and development not only for personal and professional gain, but for the benefit of the school and our students.”

Melanie Wicks, Headteacher, Wellacre Academy

The CPD Audit Visit

Audit Plaque

Audit Plaque

TDT have worked with hundreds of schools to provide an unbiased, detailed and bespoke analysis of their approach to professional learning across the organisation. The audit visit sits at the heart of TDT Network Membership, and we encourage new members to book in their visit within the first two months of joining.

Your CPD audit visit will be carried out by an expert from our in-house team, who will carry out informal interviews with a range of staff (teaching and non-teaching, varied experience levels and roles). This data will then be triangulated against the CPD Leader/senior leadership teams’ self review, the staff survey results and uploaded evidence (such as policies, examples of CPD undertaken).

The full audit report will provide your school with an honest, diagnostic snapshot of the organisation’s strengths in relation to staff CPD, as well as identify future areas for development and pinpoint key steps towards improvement. We will work closely with your CPD leader to support the subsequent process of putting this advice into practice and of managing organisational change.  If your school achieves one of our Bronze, Silver or prestigious Gold levels then you will be award with a plaque to display, as well as a digital logo to use in signs, letterheads and job adverts.

“What I particularly like about the TDT audit is the way it provides rigorous external feedback into what is working and what requires improvement. There is no spurious judgement, but rather crucial feedback about what staff think about their own school’s CPD and a cool appraisal of whether or not its culture and practices enable new learning to be enacted.”
Phil Stock, Director of Greenshaw Research School


A key benefit of being a TDT Network member involves the opportunity to accompany our in-house experts on CPD audit visits as peer-auditors when they are taking place in your area. We endeavour to offer this to all members at least once across the year.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to see how another school has worked towards developing CPD. This gave me an opportunity to magpie a number of ideas on what I could take back to the leadership team within my on school. It certainly helped me feel that the process was one of development and improvement rather than just a judgement.” 
Sara Tiffin, Assistant Headteacher, Westfield School

The Digital Audit

The TDT Digital Membership school journey is informed by completing the online, self-led audit process, which involves:

  • A self-evaluation form completed by the leadership team, with the opportunity to annotate with comments and upload evidence.
  • An online, whole-staff survey to examine attitudes and experiences on the ground
  • A self-generated report comparing senior leaders’ views against staff views, breaking down attitudes of types of staff.

This is followed by a year’s worth of bespoke support based on the priorities highlighted in your report; through which we guide you through next steps, review your action plans and keep in touch via termly coaching calls.

How can I take part in an audit?

Download our flyer to explore pricing and contact us for more details.

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“I must admit I found the audit an invaluable tool moving forward. It’s great to have someone come in and look at things with fresh eyes.” Rick Hanson, Head of School, Chantry Academy


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School leadership teams engage in an online self-audit against our detailed framework

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All staff (teaching and non-teaching) receive an anonymous online survey asking them for their views on professional development, culture, leadership, evidence, evaluation, etc.

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School leaders receive a detailed dashboard highlighting strengths, areas for development and a breakdown of the survey by staff type.