Empower Me

Our two-module MTPT Project Accreditation pilot is underpinned by three coaching sessions per module and empowers teachers on parental leave to document and reflect on their CPD in a more structured manner.  The MTPT Project’s ‘no guilt, no pressure’ policy ensures that our accreditation is both motivating and flexible, designed to work around the demands of teachers’ new families.  

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Module 1:

*Please note: this module can be completed at any stage of your parental leave.  You might, for example, begin your Module 1 whilst waiting for your new baby and benefit from all three coaching sessions or you might use the last few weeks of your parental leave to collate your Notes, complete your Reflection and Action Plan retrospectively following a one-off coaching session.

Module 2:


Teachers are eligible for this accreditation if they are interested in returning to work in an educational setting* and they meet any of the following criteria:

    • They are approaching, or currently on maternity or paternity leave
    • OR they are approaching the end of their parental leave and are preparing to return to work
    • OR they have taken an extended break from teaching to look after their family

Teachers are not eligible for our Accreditation if they are already undertaking formalised CPD during their parental leave, like a Masters, NPQH or Ed Doctorate.

*Please note: this does not necessarily have to be within a conventional school setting.


Our Accreditation Coaches are currently supporting 30 teachers through their Accreditation.  Here’s what they have to say about their experience:

Improving my personal confidence through looking at this [CPD] inspired me to take up running, and join an orchestra, as well as making me into a better, more refreshed parent. It gave me the independence and self-pride that I wished for, and boosted my confidence at home and in the workplace.”

“It has been really, really beneficial for developing my confidence and gave me the push to apply for a new job.”

CPD focus: knowledge retention in Maths

Action Plan: the impact of low stakes quizzing on retention at KS3

Leanne Shaw

Maths Teacher

“The day that I discovered The MTPT Project has been one of the most pivotal moments in my career.  The realisation that the CPD I had been doing during maternity leave could be accredited and the support that was offered is more than I could have hoped for.  

I would encourage anyone on maternity or paternity leave to consider undertaking the Accreditation as I know first-hand just how beneficial it is.

CPD focus: subject knowledge development in response to the new curriculum

Action Plan: securing engagement and success with a new KS4 curriculum by redeveloping lessons and resources at KS3 and KS4

Joy Helliwell

RE and Citizenship Teacher

“The MTPT Project coaching and Accreditation has been fantastic and my coach has been instrumental in helping me recognise my own direction with certain projects or ideas.

It was a great starting point for the beginning of maternity leave to have a loose structure and sense of purpose.”

CPD focus: collaborative digital resource sharing to reduce workload

Action Plan: developing the LitDrive vision and provision

Kat Howard

English Teacher and Most Able Co-ordinator

The Accreditation helped me maintain my teacher identity and to feel like I was preparing myself to return to work with energy and motivation to try out ideas or resources I had made whilst on leave.”

CPD focus: subject knowledge development and curriculum leadership

Action Plan: improving and diversifying the KS4 curriculum, and evaluating the efficacy of Year 9 as a GCSE year

Charlotte Bell

English Teacher and KS4 Lead

The coaching was by far the best aspect. Although I had experienced coaching previously as part of a middle leadership course, I found MTPT coaching much more focused on an exploration of my values and building up my confidence.”

CPD focus: cross-school provision for NQT development and collaboration

Action Plan: developing ITT and NQT provision and training sessions in-school and across local school networks

Natasha Chaudhury

ITT Lead

The project made me much more confident about my return to work and ability to carve a new role and path for myself. I enjoyed having a professional focus on maternity leave and one that was flexible and tailored to my interests and not the demands of the school.”

CPD focus: subject knowledge development and post-16 enrichment

Action Plan: a 12 month enrichment programme for post-16 students, engaging them with the modern relevance of Classics

Clover Colquhoun

History Teacher