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In this section, you can find information on advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.

Regulatory responsibilities

Strategic plan 2008-13
Our strategic plan sets out our strategic aims, objectives and performance measures.

Services for public authorities

QTS skills tests
The qualified teacher status standards (QTS) require trainees recommended for the award of QTS to pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology (ICT).

QTS standards guidance
The purpose of this guidance is to help providers as they exercise their professional judgement and to help them maximise the opportunities for the development of their programmes that the QTS standards offer.

ITT requirements guidance
The aim of this guidance is to clarify the requirements and to develop a common understanding among all providers and partners, particularly those new to initial teacher training (ITT). It is designed to help everyone involved in ITT understand the rationale and scope of the requirements.

Services for industry

International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive
The TDA sponsors the initial teacher training section of the INCA website.

Teacher Training Resource Bank
Funded by the TDA, the Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) web portal provides access to research and evidence-based resources for the teacher training community.

QTS skills tests
The qualified teacher status standards require trainees recommended for the award of QTS to pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology (ICT).

Services for members of the public

Teaching Information Line
The Teaching Information Line is a telephone-based information and advice service for anyone interested in becoming a teacher.

Recruitment pages
The TDA’s recruitment website has comprehensive, up-to-date information on all aspects of teaching. Visitors to the site can also register their interest in teaching or e-mail enquiries directly to experienced teaching consultants.

Leaflets, booklets and newsletters

TDA publications library
The TDA has a number of free publications available to download or order.

Advice and guidance

Career entry and development profile
The career entry and development profile (CEDP) is primarily an online professional development resource aimed at trainee and newly qualified teachers (NQTs).

Professional standards for teachers
The professional standards will help guide teachers' professional development and career choices.

Career development framework
The career development framework for school support staff maps common support staff roles against national training and qualifications.

National occupational standards
National occupational standards (NOS) are statements of performance that describe what support staff need to do and understand in their role.

Media releases
The most recent TDA press releases are published on our site.



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