About Us - Teacher Development School

The Teacher Development Schools (TDSs) initiative was established as a component of the Department of Education’s model of teaching and learning support for classroom teachers for 2012 and beyond. Sixty nine Teacher Development School positions have been established for 2016-2017. The initiative promotes the sharing of high level curriculum expertise and innovation across schools, networks and professional learning communities. Teacher Develoment Schools share the good practice and expertise that exists in schools to support the development of improved classroom instruction where and when it is needed. To meet state-wide priorities, Teacher Development School positions have been established within eight areas. Peel Language Development School’s area of expertise is Special Educational Needs.


Teacher Development Schools provides state-wide support to teachers, schools and networks to:

  • Implement the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline;
  • Collaborate to improve teaching and learning practices in Kindergarten, Pre-primary and Year 1–12 classrooms;
  • Prepare for the smooth transition of Year 7 students to secondary settings;
  • Maximise the number of students who leave school eligible for university or having completed vocational qualifications; and
  • Meet the requirements of WACE 2016.


Teacher development Schools use technology to network, share resources, engage in professional discussions and promote state-wide events.

These technologies include:

  • Connect Communities;
  • Saba; and
  • TDS smart phone App, free to download from the iTunes Store or Android Market.


How do I access a Teacher Development School?

Teachers can access professional learning events offered by Teacher Development Schools through the Institute for Professional Learning Online Calendar and Enrolment System. Further information on the support offered can be found through the Curriculum Support website and the Teacher Development School webpage. Teachers, schools, networks, regions and professional learning communities may request support through Statewide Services using the Request for Support Form.