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TDT Practitioner Course: Leading a Lesson Study Programme (Sheffield)

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Sheffield Hallam University - Institute of Education

Charles Street


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Are you keen to facilitate a school-wide programme of collaborative enquiry? This course will support you to design and implement a Lesson Study strategy for your context.

After a highly successful pilot year, the Teacher Development Trust is delighted to be re-launching the professionally recognised teacher enquiry course, Leading a Lesson Study Programme for 2017-18. Join Jessica Brosnan, Senior Programme Officer of TDT, and Julie Jordan, Senior Lead and Director of Professional Development of Sheffield Hallam University Institute of Education, for support in developing research-based practice and a school-wide Lesson Study strategy applicable to your own setting, across the following three days:

  • Friday 20th October 2017 from 9:30 to 15:30 (GMT)
  • Friday 12th January 2018 from 9:30 to 15:30 (GMT)
  • Friday 15th June 2018 from 9:30 to 15:30 (GMT)


The course will focus on developing a Lesson Study strategy as a model for effective professional development. In order to achieve TDT Advanced Lesson Study Practitioner status, participants will be supported to develop a portfolio, capturing and recognising their professional learning as they implement a Lesson Study Strategy (LSS), demonstrating they have met the following professional learning outcomes:

  • critically evaluate a range of professional and research evidence on international models and adaptations of Lesson Study
  • apply their knowledge and understanding to inform the design implementation or adaptation of a Lesson Study Strategy (LSS) for their school(s)
  • gather evidence to evaluate the impact and outcomes of a Lesson Study Strategy and make recommendations to inform the school professional development strategies and policies
  • consider the challenges and opportunities of leading and sustaining a Lesson Study Strategy in a variety of professional workplace settings

Day One

Principles of leading Lesson Study

Participants will explore the latest evidence on professional development, as well the DFE’s Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of “Collaborative Lesson Research” (CLR), and a historical overview of how Lesson Study evolved in Japan.

Intersessional activity – Portfolio element one: designing a Lesson Study Strategy (LSS)

Day Two

Leading Lesson Study in practice

Participants will examine the conditions needed for effective Lesson Study to take place, and explore the different cultural practices and challenges that exist when adapting Lesson Study outside of Japan. There will practical guidance provided on how to structure, research and evaluate your Lesson Study strategy.

Intersessional activity – Portfolio element two: Implementing a Lesson Study Strategy

Day Three

Sustaining effective Lesson Study

Participants will be supported to share their Lesson Study Strategies and explore how they can further sustain Lesson Study in their own context.

Intersessional activity – Portfolio element three and four: Communicating your Lesson Study and personal reflection.

Ticket cost includes all three workshops. If requesting an invoice for the ticket fee at checkout, please ensure you list the relevant finance contact details, including organisation address. Contact enquiries@tdtrust.org or 02072508276 with any further questions, or tweet us @TeacherDevTrust


What are the course requirements?

3 days input at Sheffield Hallam Institute of Education, plus up to 25 hours of self-study. To gain the professional recognition of TDT Lesson Study Practitioner, participants must submit their final portfolio by the submission date. These portfolios will be jointly assessed and moderated by the Teacher Development Trust and Sheffield Hallam University.

Can I complete a joint portfolio with a colleague?

The professional recognition is an individual practitioner status, if you want to gain the recognition, you need to submit an individual portfolio.

There is a circumstance in school that has meant I can’t complete my portfolio on time. Can I still gain the recognition?

There is flexibility relating to school-based circumstances, if you are struggling to complete your portfolio by the submission date, please do discuss with the course co-ordinators.

Can a different colleague attend in my place on one of the three days?

As stated, the course and portfolio are closely aligned, and designed for the one individual to complete the course and portfolio to gain the professional recognition.

Do I need to attend all three days in order to gain the professional recognition?

We strongly encourage all participants to attend all three days, although participants are welcome to submit if they miss a day. We are unable to provide individual feedback beyond that which is provided during the course days

I got the wrong dates! Is there another date I can attend the course?

The course will run in both Sheffield and London, so there is an opportunity to attend on a different date if you have to miss one. We cannot extend this beyond the academic year (2017-18), however.

Does the course come with Masters Credit?

In order to keep the course affordable, we have not included Masters Credit, as this would significantly increase the cost for participants. We have aligned the course content closely to Masters Level, so that the work you produce could also be used towards any study you may be undertaking.

What's the refund policy?

Please note our refund policy prevents us from issuing refunds for cancellations made 7 days before the first day of the course, due to overhead costs incurred to the Teacher Development Trust as a charity.

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