Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)

By J&C Team

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) is the national agency and recognised sector body responsible for the training and development of the school workforce. Our guiding vision is: developing people, improving young lives.

Last year’s change of Government brought about a renewed focus for the Agency on its core expertise around teachers and teaching, in line with the thrust of the schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching. The TDA has worked closely with the new administration on measures to improve the quality of teachers, highlighting the increased reputation of teaching, including helping schools see the professional development of their teachers as integral to school improvement.

The TDA works with its partners to: recruit nearly 38,000 new entrants onto initial teacher training (ITT) courses for 2010 entry – including approximately 3,500 onto science, with a record 650 new entrants onto physics and around 980 onto chemistry ITT courses; develop, with the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, proposals for a new Teaching Schools system; remain committed to maintaining the high standard of service and support, while continuing to carry the good work of the TDA effectively into a new executive agency in April 2012.