Teacher Development Trust Network(TDTN1)

Provider: Teacher Development Trust


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Description A partnership of schools & colleges developing world class, evidence-informed professional learning, with the power to raise attainment, reduce inequality, and transform your organisation

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Sciences, Mathematics / Numeracy, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Arts, Business / Economics, Computing / ICT, English / Literacy, Health and care, Hospitality and Leisure, Humanities, Languages, PE / Sport, Technology, Management, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Personal Development, Cross-curricular Themes, Coaching and Mentoring, CPD Leadership, Organisational Improvement, Personalised Learning, In school, Online, Team lesson planning/teaching, Webinar, Discussion forums, Video, Video chat, Audio / Podcast, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Governor, Earth Science / Geology, Teacher Enquiry, Coaching / Mentoring, PSHE
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

The Teacher Development Trust Network (formerly known as NTEN or the National Teacher Enquiry Network) has been created to support organisations that are facing up to these challenges. It is a collaborative partnership of schools and colleges focused on innovation and improvement through highly effective and evidence-based staff professional development and learning.Our members shape and develop our work and are committed to the principle of peer-to-peer support.

Evidence underpinning this approach

The  Network was developed by teachers, alongside schools, in consultation with experts. Following a series of pilots supported by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the National Union of Teachers, the Network was launched in July 2013.

Our work is underpinned by our meta-analysis of the research into effective professional development: the Developing Great Teaching review http://TDTrust.org/about/dgt

How users/participants can evaluate success

We offer tailored advice to schools on how to evaluate the success of their enquiries, and help in defining a good enquiry question to begin Lesson Study. We also provide exclusive evaluation tools to help teachers measure the impact of every intervention.

Our CPD Audit is designed to support schools evaluate their whole school CPD and staff development plans. The audit is based on a self-evaluation, whole staff survey and a visit from peer member of the school network.

Follow-up activities and support

We train one member of staff to act as Lesson Study Mentor. This member of staff receives extensive support, tools and guidance to implement Lesson Study in their school.

Ongoing support is then provided throughout. Twice-termly conferences provide an opportunity for NTEN members to discuss the Lesson Study process, while support officers from the Teacher Development Trust are on hand to offer ongoing tailored advice.

Our online  Portal provides access to staff development resources, templates and examples to assist all teachers participating in Lesson Study. Members receive free online access to a database of over 1800 full text academic articles and journals, to facilitate the use of research evidence throughout. 

The  structure then allows teachers to share and discuss their findings from Lesson Study, both within their own school and with colleagues across the country through the school network. In this way members are able to add to the growing evidence base of effective professional development and develop the basis of our ongoing advocacy work with policy makers.


Membership of our school network is based annually. 

To read more case studies, visit our website on http://tdtrust.org/network

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