School based and school led CPD - benefits for your school

CPD for your staff - Flexible options for schools and education employers

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Middlesex University offers a wide range of postgraduate professional courses for teachers and other education workers. The courses are designed to meet the needs of teachers and schools, and to impact upon standards of teaching, learning, leadership and management of

Many of our students are enrolled on school based and school led courses. This includes cohorts of students from an individual school as well as clusters of local schools. We partner with you to offer significant advantages for your school and your teachers:

  • The course can take place at your school (or at cluster venues local to you)
  • The course can be selected and tailored to your needs and priorities
  • You are able to maximise impact of the course upon your school/cluster by providing strong direction, support and the ability to disseminate the work
  • Your teachers save travel time.

For school-based courses, your school is the venue for a University tutor-led module of your choice. This may also involve a cluster of schools. School based courses may tie in with school projects, performance management targets, National College programmes such as the Leadership Development Programme, or Teaching and Learning Academy awards.

School-led courses are led by appropriate school staff, appointed as Associate Tutors of the University, at a school or cluster chosen venue. University staff support the school's Associate Tutor.

Modules begin in September and January. Each module is one year-long, part-time.

Learning on our courses is largely through discussion forums, occasional online seminars and action enquiry processes. Teachers are brought together to discuss, analyse and find strategies to improve their work. In addition to face to face meetings there is online community discussion. The focus of the learning is always impact upon practice.

Working in partnership with schools Middlesex University can work in partnership with your school, local authority or other education organisation to develop and run courses which meet your needs. Approximately 400 teachers in the UK and abroad are currently studying with us in face-to-face, distance, online and blended modes.

Our existing partnership supports a range of professional development courses for teachers and innovative development and research projects, which schools use to focus on school improvement issues. Current issues could include but are not limited to:

  • Boys' development and education
  • Developing the use and impact of ICT learning
  • Any other appropriate school or cluster selected agenda.

A group usually needs to be 10-15 participants from the school/ cluster. Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, available on application, reduces the amount of time to gain an award.

The modules are usually Developing Professional Practice and Action Enquiry, followed by a Dissertation. Alternative modules include:

These generic modules allow for content to be focused on your needs. Each teacher will submit an assignment documenting their work and impact in their chosen field. The modules lead to teachers developing in depth knowledge and skills, lessons being implemented into practice and impact being evaluated through research.


  • One module - Postgraduate Certificate
  • Two modules - Postgraduate Diploma
  • Three 60-credit modules, including dissertation - MA Education

Middlesex Partnership Certificate

In addition to the school-based pathway, we offer the Middlesex Partnership Certificate for schools running their own CPD programmes through two modules:

  • Professional Practice, 30 credits at level 6. In module one, the school or cluster may be running its own CPD.
  • Developing Practice, 30 credits at level 7 (postgraduate). The second module is led by Middlesex University staff to articulate the portfolio with master's level work, and the programme through a negotiated assignment.

For further information, please contact Kelami Dedezade on 020 8411 6533 or by email.

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