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The NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme (PDLSP)

Created on 05 December 2012 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 September 2017 by ncetm_administrator
  NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme

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The NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme

NCETM Professional Development Lead Accreditation is designed for those who lead professional development for teachers of mathematics. There is a choice from four possible pathways to accreditation depending on the phases of the teachers with whom PD leads work: primary, secondary, A Level and Further Education mathematics.

NCETM Accredited PD Lead status is gained by successfully completing a development and accreditation training programme (PDLDA) which involves face-to-face sessions, coupled with an interim task, leading to accreditation by the NCETM. Once accredited, there is an ongoing re-registration process and support for PD Leads to maintain accreditation.

What are the key themes of the programme?

Building on good practice identified both nationally and internationally, and focusing on key national priorities, the programme provides the opportunity to:

  • debate and explore priority areas in mathematics learning and teaching;
  • debate and explore what makes good mathematics-specific CPD;
  • share good practice in mathematics CPD with fellow colleagues and become part of a professional community of mathematics PD leads (an online community will be set up to facilitate networking);
  • plan, undertake and evaluate work with a group of teachers as part of an interim task.

And, depending on the phase chosen, the programme will support those working with teachers who are implementing the National Curriculum, the new GCSE qualification, the GCSE resit requirement post-16 and in developing A Level Mathematics.

What is actually involved?

The development and accreditation training programme consists of five elements:

  1. A series of development days* separated by an assessed interim task.
  2. Planning, execution and evaluation of an interim task to be carried out between the two development days and based on content offered in the first development day;
  3. Responding to formative feedback from the programme’s cohort lead to complete a personalised Professional Development Leads’ Planning, Evaluation and Reflection Framework (PDLPERF);
  4. Submitting a completed PDLPERF for assessment within a given deadline;
  5. A commitment to plan and offer future PD opportunities drawing on the input, discussions and experiences gained during the programme and to offer regular (termly) feedback regarding reach and impact for at least a year following accreditation (a re-registration process is offered after one year).

Schools, colleges and other organisations releasing members of staff to participate in this programme will be expected to support each individual through the programme by enabling them to complete the expectations for accreditation. Senior leaders of any participating organisation will be asked to sign a commitment before the member of staff begins the programme.

*Usually two development days. In some cases the development days may each be a 24-hour residential, with each ‘development day’ beginning the evening of one day and ending in the afternoon of the next day. The exact content of the development days depends upon the phase chosen.


Colleagues successfully completing this development and accreditation programme will be accredited by the NCETM to provide professional development in the phase-specific priority areas addressed in the sessions.

NCETM Accredited PD Leads will:

  • receive a certificate indicating their status as an ‘NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead’;
  • be entered into the CPD Provider Directory on the NCETM website;
  • receive an ‘NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead’ logo which can be used on any relevant documentation to signal your accreditation;
  • join an online community of Accredited PD Leads;
  • be required to re-register each year by:
    • updating contact information (including whether the PD Lead has moved organisations);
    • updating information about the reach of the professional development provided as a result of the PD Lead training;
    • agreeing to commit to a further year, providing professional development based on the content of the PD Lead training.

How to Apply

Primary and Secondary PD Lead training is available through some of the Maths Hubs.

Locate your local Maths Hub to find out how to contact them about what they are offering and how much this will cost. (The charging policy is left to individual hubs.)

A Level PD Lead training (formerly called Level 3 PD Lead training) is available through the NCETM. Details are here.

There are currently no opportunities to undertake the FE PD Lead training but if you are interested in being added to a waiting list for any new cohorts that may take place in future, please contact us.

Beyond Accreditation

The NCETM maintains the community of PD Accredited Leads. This includes managing the annual re-registration process, updating the PD Accredited Lead online directory and maintaining on-going engagement with a growing community of NCETM PD Accredited Leads through an online community, webinars and, when possible, face-to-face events.

A number of PD Leads are using their ongoing work from the programme as part of the submission and evidence for their organisation to gain the NCETM CPD Standard.



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