National Teaching School

We are proud to have been a National Teaching School since 2012, working with Bonner Primary School to lead Teach East London Teaching School Alliance (TELTSA).

Strategic partners in TELTSA are:

  • Phoenix Special School
  • Rachel Keeling Nursery School
  • Bangabandhu Primary School
  • Ben Jonson Primary School
  • Chisenhale Primary School
  • Clara Grant Primary School
  • Globe Primary School
  • Hermitage Primary School
  • John Scurr Primary School
  • Malmesbury Primary School
  • Olga Primary School
  • Redlands Primary School
  • George Green’s Secondary School
  • Langdon Park Secondary School
  • Stepney Green Secondary School

The following statements from our original application to become a joint Teaching School Alliance summarises our rationale:

An alliance led by Bonner and Morpeth Schools is an opportunity to maintain and increase the recruitment of high quality teaching and support staff to support the needs of children and schools in Tower Hamlets. We will fully exploit our unique context to provide experience across a wide range of settings within very close geographical proximity: with our strategic partners we will offer experiences from nursery to post 16, in both mixed and single sex institutions including a special school.

Schools in the Alliance share a cross phase focus on literacy development beyond 1:1 interventions e.g. a specialist language unit in Globe Primary and a dedicated Speech and Language Team in Morpeth. Literacy is a national priority, but the specific needs in Tower Hamlets will remain in a society facing an increase in child poverty and deprivation. In this respect our broad experience of supporting pupils with special educational needs will be essential in supporting trainees’ experience of planning and delivering lessons to support an extensive range of need. 

Both Bonner and Morpeth Schools have a strong belief in the reciprocal nature of learning in terms of CPD. We therefore seize all opportunities for staff to engage in dialogue with the many visitors we welcome, from ‘home and abroad’. Telling our story is, of course, also a means for reflecting on the strategies we have chosen. Maximising that reflection for a range of staff creates a culture and ethos of professional learning. All schools in the alliance share an ideology of equity and democracy.

Examples of TELTSA’s work: 

  • Regular CPD activities for teaching and support staff, including some joint INSET Days.
  • Half termly Strategic Partner Meetings.
  • A TELTSA cluster group delivery of National College for Teaching and Leadership courses: NPQML and NPQSL.
  • NPQH placements.
  • Participation in national Teaching Assistant research.
  • ITT delivery.
  • A bespoke course for 2nd Year Teachers.
  • An annual Peer Review for all schools in TELTSA.
  • Opportunities for colleagues to become Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and National Leaders of Education (NLEs).