David Weston

Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust
Speaking at

Bridget Clay

Head of Programme for Leading Together, Teach First


Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development

This session will explore the evidence-base behind powerful CPD and practical steps for how schools can enable great learning for their staff and pupils. The session will draw on the vision that David and Bridget have set out in their book, Unleashing Great Teaching, and will explore the culture, processes and steps that leaders can take to unleash great teaching in their own schools.

The session will include
– Practical examples from schools
– Exploration of the research on the culture and processes of effective CPD
– Frameworks and tools for planning professional learning


David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He Chaired the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David is a secondary school governor and taught maths and physics for nine years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances on the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Bridget Clay is a former teacher who works with schools on their leadership and development. She recently co-authored Unleashing Great Teaching, a book which outlines the culture and processes for great learning for teachers and students. She is Head of Programme for Leading Together at Teach First and was previously Director of School Programmes at the Teacher Development Trust. She has advised a number of organisations, including the Department for Education and the Greater London Authority, and is a frequent speaker, including at ResearchED and The Telegraph Festival of Education. She is a regular media contributor.