CPD Quality Audit


TDT Network – a community of schools and colleges supporting developmental self- and peer-audit of professional development and use of evidence and evaluation.

 The Teacher Development Trust Network is a collaborative partnership of schools and colleges committed to innovation and improvement in staff professional development. By engaging in existing evidence to develop world-class practitioner research, our members work together to improve, share and promote highly effective, evidence-based practice across the network and beyond.

Membership is a powerful tool for sustainable, staff-led improvement. Our Network includes schools and colleges with world-leading reputations for outstanding professional development as well as schools and colleges that are just at the start of their journey – it is a network that can support you no matter what your level of experience.

To make sure our support is tailored to your school or college’s needs, and to help you understand your strengths and areas for development, an important part of Network membership is the free CPD Audit given to all members when they join. Using our exclusive CPD quality framework, we provide an overview of your organisation’s current situation according to “Bronze”, “Silver” and “Gold” levels. The process allows both you and us to better plan your journey of improvement. 

The first audit is carried out to give you a baseline measure. Elements of the audit are repeated annually so that you can track and evaluate the changes occurring in your school or college.

CPD Quality Framework


Built on the work of the Training and Development Agency’s former regional CPD network and written with advice and guidance from our expert Advisory Group, our CPD quality framework looks at the following six areas:

  • Leadership and culture
  • Focus on Learning and Pedagogy
  • Evaluation of impact
  • Support and challenge
  • Processes, systems and resourcing
  • Research, innovation and evidence

There is significant emphasis on the quality of the research, evidence and evaluation methods that are used, and the framework is underpinned by a vision of staff members leading their own professional learning.

Standards in a number of areas are deliberately high and we would expect the majority of members of the network to be working towards the Bronze level when they first join.

The Audit

The audit has three elements:

  • A self-evaluation form completed by the leadership team
  • An online, whole-staff survey to examine attitudes and experiences on the ground
  • An assessment visit from another member organisation with a series of interviews and discussions to help you understand your strengths and areas for development and to tease out differences between senior leaders’ views and those of staff members.

The assessment visit is carried out by a representative from another member organisation who has received training in the audit process. Each member commits to carrying out two peer audits per year of membership in order to help them reflect on their own practice and form mutually beneficial relationships.

The Report & follow-up

Following the collection of data you will receive a brief report to highlight key strengths and areas for development. If your organisation achieves one of our ‘medal’ levels then we will issue a certificate.

The report highlights the differences between SLT self-diagnosis (purple boxes)  and staff perceptions (grey shading).

The report highlights the differences between SLT self-diagnosis (purple boxes)
and staff perceptions (grey shading).

auditreport Staff survey results are broken down so that you can see the range of perceptions.
These are mapped against our quality framework.

Based on your report we will ask you for up to three key development areas which we will publicise on the Network members’ area so that other organisations can connect with you. We will use this information when working with our members to design our programme of events and in the development of resources and support.

We will publicise the strengths that have been identified from the audit process in our directory of outstanding practice.

Further progression

Members who wish to receive further in-depth external analysis, advice and support in order to further develop their approach to professional learning may wish to take advantage of a discount on the Skein programme from our partner organisation, The Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE). This in-depth evaluation and progression service can help our members continue their journey: it provides a nationally benchmarked analysis of your organisation and a follow-up package including customised tools and resources and a detailed progression plan.

Evidence from the peer-audit process and from the Skein programme will be used in continuing to grow and develop the Network’s evidence base for effective practice which we will share with members through regular updates.

What else does membership include?

As well as a detailed annual audit, Network members also receive:

  • Comprehensive  training, resources and guidance to help you implement Lesson Study, a world-leading system of collaborative action research and joint practice development.
  • Full-text access to over 1800 education research journals
  • Frequent opportunities to network and share ideas with likeminded schools and colleges across the country
  • The chance to meet, influence and inform policy makers through our advocacy and policy work

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