Durham County Council


The Education Development Service (EDS) is a part of Education Durham, working with schools, settings, academies and other educational institutions to ensure the highest quality opportunities and outcomes for all children and young people in County Durham and in our partner organisations.


Our team

Our team consists of over 70 full-time school improvement officers, many with headship experience and all skilled at leading training. We offer specialists in every subject and every phase, with a strong track record of leadership challenge and support. A comprehensive governor support and training service, music service and learning resource service, as well as a bespoke leadership training centre, make Durham's EDS one of the foremost school improvement teams in the whole country.


We support schools regionally, nationally and internationally

We work across the entire north east region, from the Scottish borders to York and beyond, and we have supported schools nationally and internationally. Our strong partnerships with Teaching Schools, Higher Education and business make sure we are relevant and up to date in the support we offer.


Working in partnership

Through courses, conferences and contract support, we provide a first class, consistent, integrated service which works professionally with all partners and stakeholders and meets their needs and aspirations. We provide or broker support and challenge to help schools, settings and academies continually improve.

We engage with national and local partners, conduct research with world-leading authorities, design and co-construct specialist leadership programmes, and offer a world-class, consistent, integrated service that works for all stakeholders.

Latest Offers

NQT Packages offer

Support for Newly Qualified Teachers

We want to develop, nurture and retain the best of our new teaching professionals.  Our comprehensive package of support, advice and guidance does just that by providing:

• Appropriate Body services
• NQT Conference 
• NQT Induction Support Programme
• Ongoing advice guidance and support

At £649 per NQT for Education Durham partner schools and £849 per NQT for non partner schools it offers outstanding value for money and a simple one-step registration process.

For more information contact NQT@durham.gov.uk

Quote:  “ I would just like to say thank you to everyone who works within the  team as I have found the year as a mentor really successful, supportive and manageable and I know it wouldn't be possible if it wasn't organised and managed so well by everyone involved!” (Induction Tutor 2018)


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