Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy new year! Welcome to your first CPD update from the Teacher Development Trust for 2017. In this issue, you will find:
  • Five ways to boost your staff CPD in 2017
  • How to make a difference for our most vulnerable pupils
  • A round up of the best education research from the last 12 months
  • How to improve school practice through Lesson Study and the new CPD Standard
  • Last chance to book tickets to see Professor Rob Coe, Dame Alison Peacock, David Weston and Sean Harford at our upcoming conferences
... and more!
Five New Year's Resolutions for CPD for your staff

Despite the cold and dark, January can be a good time to reflect and plan for the rest of the academic year. Don't miss some fantastic ideas from Bridget Clay at TDT to boost your CPD in 2017.  She has created three lists of new year's resolutions - one for senior leaders, one for middle leaders and one for teachers, in the latest edition of SecEd.  

Read the full article

What are your CPD resolutions? / Let us know @TeacherDevTrust

Bridging the Recruitment Gap

With almost one in three newly qualified teachers leaving the profession, how can schools retain their staff and support teachers to thrive in the workplace?

In the latest edition of Education Executive, David Weston takes research from LMKco and nfer and urges schools to treat their teachers as respected professionals, offering practical advice to school leaders concerned about bridging the recruitment gap. 

Read the full article here

What do you think? / @TeacherDevTrust

Three ways CPD can support vulnerable learners

Earlier this week, we held a joint conference with the National Education Trust at Swiss Cottage school, 'Developing Teaching to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Learners'. Look back at some fantastic insights on SEND CPD from Marc Rowland, Margaret Mulholland and more on Twitter using the event hashtag #NETTDT

Here TDT's David Weston blogs for NET about how improving the way we support teachers can make a real difference for our most vulnerable pupils.  

What do you think? / @TeacherDevTrust

Schools, we want your feedback on TDT Advisor!

TDT and Oliver Wyman are looking to improve the service provided by TDT Advisor by finding out more about your school's approach to CPD. How do you think our 'trip advisor for CPD' platform could provide the most use and value to your school?

We would greatly value your thoughts in a short online questionnaire:

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Any data collected is for internal use only and will not be shared with any third-parties.

Engage more with research

If one of your CPD resolutions for this year is to champion research and pursue evidence based-practice in your context, then this Schools Week article from Stuart Kime, Director of Evidence-Based Education, is a great place to start.

Look out for the mention of TDT Network member school, Huntingdon School, as Kime expresses his enthusiasm for EEF's Research Schools project, of which Huntingdon is one of the first five UK regional hubs.

Access research in your school/ Learn more

Improving school routines, relationships and responses through lesson study, research & the new DfE CPD Standard

Tom Rees, Headteacher of Simon de Senlis School offers some interesting and comprehensive reflections on the work his school has put in to behaviour and teacher CPD in the past six months, including embedding the new DfE CPD Standard and reintroducing Lesson Study as an opportunity for "collaboration, reflection and challenge". 

Read the full blog

Find out more about Lesson Study
TDT One-Day Lesson Study Seminars 

New for this year, TDT are excited to launch a set of one-day Lesson Study seminars taking place around the country.

If you missed your chance to attend our full accredited courses or just want to find out a little more about this powerful model of teacher enquiry, book your ticket now by clicking on your nearest location:

Cambridge (25th January), Manchester (29th March) and London (23rd May).  

These events are open to all school leaders, teachers and CPD providers.

Latest resources for supporting SEND in the classroom

Loic Menzies, Director of LKMco, a Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University's Faculity of Education and a trustee of the charities Untd and SexYOUality, recently published this blog advising teachers on what to do in order to best help SEND learners.

There is also a link to a full PowerPoint resource which will help schools decide upon next steps in what can often feel like a particularly complex landscape.

Share your ideas / @TeacherDevTrust

Training teachers: Obstacles and opportunities in 2017      
Alex Quigley, blogger and author of 'The Confident Teacher', encourages us to consider teacher training in the year ahead, not as "an added burden to workload or ticking off boxes for performance management purposes but instead, a meaningful way to share our resources and lower the burden of all recreating our own resources and approaches to the new curriculum."

Read more here about what school leaders and teachers can do to achieve great training.

For more CPD blogs /

Listening to teacher voice: A research study for the Chartered College of Teaching

A research report, submitted to the Chartered College of Teaching by Dr Tim O'Brien (Institute of Education, UCL) at the end of last year found some interesting messages arising from teachers around their CPD, quality assurance and creating collaborative research communities in schools.
Read the research summary report here.

Do you agree? / @TeacherDevTrust

Chartered College of Teaching Officially Launches Today
The Chartered College of Teaching is an independent professional membership body for the teaching profession, supporting teachers and providing opportunities for its members to lead the future development of teaching.

Its aim is to help teachers gain the expertise they need to maintain genuine excellence for children and young people.
 Be among the first to join at
Will you be joining? / @CharteredColl
Key calendar dates
LAST CHANCE! Securing effective teaching for all: Expert views on the new CPD Standard: 
Our charity has long been campaigning for better professional development in schools and colleges.  This event will help you understand how the new DfE CPD Standard will drive a significant change in what is expected, whether you are a teacher, school leader, training provider or consultant.  

Durham, 31st January  Professor Robert Coe, David Weston & more!
London, 8th February Dame Alison Peacock, Sean Harford & more! 
17th May 2017 Designing CPD to optimise pupil impact (Rossett School, Harrogate)
11th July 2017 TDT Annual Conference, member schools only (London Nautical School)
To view our full events programme or to book tickets, visit or go directly to our Eventbrite page.


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