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Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications provide a strong framework to support effective professional development of teachers and leaders.
Teaching and learning
Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) are offered through approved Cambridge Professional Development Centres, quality assured by Cambridge. The Programme Leaders are accredited by Cambridge to develop and manage the programmes.
We are developing a comprehensive network of Cambridge Professional Development Centres so that schools, leaders and teachers have ready access to quality and affordable Cambridge PDQ programmes.
There are two main types of centre:
The Cambridge Professional Development Centre approval process takes approximately four months. The steps in the process are summarised below.
Become a Cambridge Professional Development Centre
Contact Cambridge and discuss your interest
Follow the links at the bottom of this page and complete the initial questions or Expression of Interest. Our regional representative will contact you to discuss your plans and, all being well, will provide you with the Cambridge Professional Development Centre Application Form.
Ensure programme is supported by the leadership team
To be approved your school leadership team or head of your organisation must support the programme. You must also have a suitable programme leader.
Complete the Application Form
The nominated programme leader must submit the completed Application Form, authorised by the head of your organisation.
Enrol your nominated Programme Leader for induction
Cambridge will review the application, and when accepted your nominated programme leader will be enrolled on the next available online Programme Leader Induction course.
Design and submit programme plan
During and after the online induction course, your nominated programme leader designs their programme plan and submits this with a rationale to us to review.
Approval and accreditation
Once Cambridge has approved the programme plan and rationale, we accredit the programme leader and approve your school or organisation so the PDQ programme can start.
Interested in running a Cambridge PDQ programme?
If you are already a Cambridge school please complete and submit your responses to these Initial Questions. You will then be able to discuss your interest with your Cambridge regional representative.
If you are not a Cambridge school please go to Join Cambridge for further information on the steps involved in becoming a Cambridge School.