Keynotes & Panels

Inspiration and Evidence

Inspirational keynote input from senior school and system leaders, focused on teaching, learning and professional development. We can tailor our input for school leaders, policy-makers or teachers.

Our speakers are highly experienced and engaging, with experience at the very biggest national and international education events to audiences of hundreds.

Typical keynote input can be anything from 15-20 minutes up to 90 minutes for more interactive sessions. Panellists can mix delivery with Q and A as you require.


Leading teaching, learning and CPD

Our expert trainers can help your school leaders to more effectively improve teaching, learning and CPD. Our input can include:

  • Leading teaching, learning and CPD
  • Lesson Study
  • Collaborative enquiry and lesson research
  • Coaching
  • Evaluating the impact of CPD
  • CPD Policy in England
  • Developing teachers to close the attainment gap

Our input can be tailored to fit your needs, with typical inputs anywhere between 1-2 hours to 2-3 days.


Implementing CPD

We run workshops for system leaders, school leaders and teachers to help improve areas such as:

  • Leadership of teaching
  • School culture
  • Change management
  • Collaborative Enquiry
  • Collaboration and meetings

Typical workshops run between 45 minutes and around 2 hours

Definitely the most inspiring and practical keynote we’ve had in the five years that we’ve run this conference. Delegates have been buzzing.
– Words by A conference organiser
TDT’s facilitator was knowledgeable and engaging. I felt like I got just the right mix of practical advice with enough background theory to make sense of it. Thoroughly recommended.
– Words by a workshop delgate

David Weston

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He is Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Maria Cunningham

Network Development Leader
Maria Cunningham is Head of Education for Teacher Development Trust, where she has worked since 2016. A former primary school teacher, she now closely supports headteachers and leaders across the TDT Network to improve the quality of their processes for staff professional learning. She also leads on the development of the Trust’s government-funded CPD Excellence Hub programmes in six Opportunity Areas and is secretariat for the Department for Education’s CPD Expert Group.

Phil Spoors

CPD Expert Adviser - North East
Phil is an assistant head teacher with responsibility for eLearning at Cramlington Learning Village. The school has had a fantastic ICT journey which began well over a decade ago and has led to an international reputation for effective and innovative use of technology for learning. He has been appointed as the lead teacher for the UK in a EU-led Creative Classrooms project and is a Google Certified teacher.

Phil Naylor

CPD Expert Advisor - Blackpool
Phil Naylor is in his second Assistant Headship at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool. Phil has taught Science for 17 years ,is a former Lancashire Advanced Skills Teacher, an ITT and NQT professional mentor and a Primary School Governor. Phil is also Assistant Director of the Blackpool Research School and currently studying for an MSc Science.

Bethan Hindley

School Programme Leader
A former maths and economics teacher and a participant of the Teach First leadership development programme, Bethan has taught in London and São Paulo, Brazil. An Economics and German Graduate (University of Leeds), Bethan joined the Trust in 2018 and supports schools through the Trust’s CPD Excellence Hubs programme.

Ruth Everett

CPD Expert Advisor - Ipswich
Ruth has been Deputy Headteacher in two secondary schools and is currently a Consultant supporting three MATs in school improvement, Literacy and the delivery of effective developmental CPD. She has over thirty years of teaching experience in Key Stages 2-5 and has supported students and colleagues to achieve exceptionally high results at both GCSE and A level in eleven challenging schools.

John Collier

CPD Expert Advisor - Stoke-on-Trent
John is Director of Teaching and Learning at Britannia Teaching School Alliance in Stoke-on-Trent where he leads on CPD from Initial Teacher Training through to Headship. He was designated as a Specialist Leader of Education in 2012 and has a proven track record of supporting schools in difficult circumstances. John is also the Training and Development Officer for the St. Bart’s Multi Academy Trust and has spoken at national conferences and on BBC Breakfast about educational issues. John is currently seconded to the Teacher Development Trust in London as one of five national CPD Expert Advisers overseeing the DfE funded CPD Excellence Hubs project.

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