Professional Development

Professional Development

The Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

This new fund was designed to improve pupil outcomes in priority areas through leadership training and CPD for schools. The funding was for three years and £75 million was available.

The original planning appeared to be seeking to reward teaching school consortia in developing new professional development opportunities. However, this was amended and the government awarded funding to seven national organisations to provide CPD and leadership development in priority areas.

A variety of programmes are available (including two new providers for the new school year) aimed at increasing teachers skills in areas such as leadership, STEM, geography, phonics and more. Enrolment is open now for the following programmes:

Institute of Physics - professional development programme for physics teachers

Teach First - leader development programme

Institute for Teaching - teacher development programme

Ruth Miskin Training - phonics and early reading programme

Tom Bennett Training - behaviour management programme

The Geographical Association - geography and science programme for both primary and secondary teachers.

The Education Development Trust – Accelerate programme for Early Career Teachers


The focus is not only for the priority areas of which we have three in the eastern region; Ipswich, Cambridge & Fenlands, and Norwich but also for Category 5 and 6 areas, also known as Achieving Excellence Areas. They include Norfolk, Suffolk, North Cambridgeshire and parts of Essex.

There was some initial criticism of the original provider list as being an example of the government supporting its friends and, certainly, some agencies were very disappointed not to be there. As to how the fund impacts in practice remains uncertain but TSAs can be instrumental in making sure that the fund is used to benefit learning in this region.

Geographical Association – New TLIF Programme

Here is a new programme for geography teachers providing fully funded CPD under the TLA fund. The programme is available for primary and secondary teachers from November 2018 to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms. You can follow up the offer here and be one of the early birds!

Maths SLE School Improvement Support Programme

This new programme to help mathematics Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) fine-tune their school improvement work and strengthen the impact of maths leaders in schools and colleges, has been launched by the NCETM and regional Maths Hubs.

The Programme will run in three locations across England (North, Midlands, South), involving three face-to-face days - in January, March and June - with independent study and school-based work in between. 

A key objective is to improve SLEs’ ability to grow the capacity and capability of maths leaders, so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. The funded programme is for current mathematics SLEs linked to a Teaching School. It will benefit both those with previous experience of developing leadership capacity in schools, and those new to the role.

The Programme has now recruited but watch out for the next version!

Key Links

The TSC National Website:

Schools Week: Up-to-date news and information on education.

Teaching Schools and System Leader National Directory.

The Teaching School Handbook: The latest version of this guidance for new and established teaching schools is now available. You can find a copy here.

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