Teacher Training

The schools within our trust are members of the Havering Teacher Training Partnership.Many of our staff including now senior staff were trained through this partnership and this trend continues with many of the trainees finding jobs in our schools.The HTTP Partnership is an established, accredited ITT provider that was founded in 2001 and currently has a membership of 17 schools from the London Borough of Havering. The aim of the Partnership is to support determined, creative and passionate graduates in becoming confident, outstanding classroom practitioners by developing their resilience and equipping them with the skills necessary for a successful career in teaching.

Over the course of the training year, trainees experience two contrasting school placements. In addition, they also gain experience in the Primary sector (to understand the KS2-3 transition) and in Further Education, to ensure an understanding and awareness of the KS4-5 transition.

The strong and established network enables the training to accommodate a visit to a Havering Special School to provide trainee teachers with a rounded experience of all that the education sector has to offer.

All of the possible routes, School Direct, SCITT and assessment only, lead to PGCE accreditation following the submission of 4 written assignments. All trainees become members of the UEL Student Union and have full access to their virtual and physical library to support educational study and research.Should you wish to train in one of our schools you must apply through HTTP .

To find out how to do this and to find out more about the programme visit https://www.haveringteachertraining.co.uk.

In addition our schools accept trainees from a range of other training providers and in each school trainees are supported by experienced members of staff who act as professional tutors.They also access the extensive trust and school CPD opportunities as part of their development.Increasingly we are seeing graduates who wish to train as teachers taking the School Direct Salaried Route which as aTrust we have found to be particularly beneficial.If you wish to follow this route it is useful to have a school that will find this to be a useful addition to it’s timetable capacity and a discussion with the professional tutors in our schools would tell you if this is feasible.

Below you can read the experiences of some of our Havering teacher training trainees:

I joined Royal Liberty School as a trainee on the Havering SCITT programme. I was fortunate to have an incredibly supportive mentor, and faculty, that helped me develop my teaching practice. I have remained at the school ever since, progressing through my NQT year and then becoming the subject specialist for history. More recently I have also gained responsibility for SMSC and RE across the school. My time at Royal Liberty has offered me many opportunities, including training and mentoring, ensuring that I have continued to develop professionally. I am incredibly proud of the progress that my department has made and this is the result of the hard work, drive and aspirations of the staff and students. I have loved being a part of Royal Liberty’s success in recent years and am excited to see the school build on this.

Ms Ralston, HTTP Trainee 2015

I joined Royal Liberty as a trainee teacher through the Havering Teacher Training Partnership in 2016. I enjoyed working at the school so much that I have stayed ever since.

Due to the supportive environment at the school, I have managed to progress from trainee teacher to second in science with a responsibility of key stage three and our outreach programme. The school have supported my own personal development by encouraging me to take advantage of many opportunities such as presenting at the PIXL science conference, speaking at the Association of science educators national conference, writing for the Education in Chemistry magazine and becoming an author of resources for the Oxford University Press.

Royal Liberty is also a school where hard work is recognised, thanks to Royal Liberty I have been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Inspirational teacher of the year in 2019 and was also recognised at the Havering Learning Partnership awards.

The supportive nature of the school allows staff to provide an abundance of opportunities for the students which allows them to develop academically as well as allowing them to grow as people. This truly feeds through to the whole ethos of the school with it being reflected in both student and staff attitudes to learning. A large emphasis and trust are placed upon staff inside and outside of the classroom. The school allows teachers the freedom to develop extracurricular activities, this has allowed me to coordinate in-school clubs, various trips and visits, borough-wide student competitions and an extensive outreach programme to local primary schools.

Without such a supportive environment and senior leadership team, I feel that I would not have developed as a teacher in the same way in which I have. Royal Liberty is a great working environment with unique students. It is a school where you are encouraged to constantly better your practice and therefore always support the boys to succeed.

Mr Higgins, HTTP Trainee 2016

We also are members of the TeachFirst Programme. Teach First is a charity that develops and supports teachers and leaders who are determined to make a difference where it's needed the most.

Schools commit to a placement for two years where the individual experiences life as a teacher from day one. Teach first candidates are supported by both our in school professional tutors, subject mentors and mentors from the programme.

Below you can read the experiences of some of our Teach first Trainees:

Teach First has provided a really supportive training platform throughout my teaching development. In addition to access to a number of fantastic educational institutions like University College London and the Institute of Education, it provides a level of autonomy that allows trainees to express and develop their own philosophies about the subjects they teach and the way that they teach them. Combining this framework and support with a strong focus on the use of evidence based pedagogies to support student learning as well as constant encouragement for trainees to not only reflect on their development, but to actively seek out advice and constructive criticism, leads to development that quickly benefits the trainee, hopefully giving great value to the partner school and crucially to the students that they teach. When this is aligned with really supportive partner schools like Royal Liberty, that share a commitment to the values that are so critical to teacher training programmes like Teach First, and school subject mentors that nurture, encourage and challenge trainees to be the most effective educators they can be, it has the potential to be a very powerful combination, one that I feel very happy to be to be able to play a small role in.

Mr Phillips, Teach First 2019

In 2017 I was placed at The Royal Liberty School to begin my Teach First teacher training programme. After completing a summer course, I was full of nervous excitement to get started at the school which would spend the next two years helping me to develop my skills as a teacher. The training I received from both Teach First and within the school itself has been invaluable. I have been lucky to have a hugely supportive department and senior leadership team, as well as becoming part of a positive wider school community, all of which have had a huge impact on how I have developed as a teacher over the past three years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time both with Teach First and at The Royal Liberty, and look forward to continuing to work with both the staff and pupils.

Ms Scollan, Teach First 2017

At Royal Liberty, we have a successful track record of training the next generation of teachers.

We are one of over 20 partner schools offering school-based teacher training with Essex School Direct and their provider, TES Institute.

Essex School Direct are committed to attracting, training and developing both graduates and career changers to enable all schools within our area to reach the same level of excellence and quality of provision.

At this current time, we have one teacher in school who joined us through the Essex School Direct route.

Visit their website - Essex School Direct - to find out more about the teacher training journey, and how you can train with us or at another local school

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