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Issue 04 - 21/03/22
East London Teaching School Hub (ELTSH) spring term update

We're delighted that over 70% of all schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets have teachers engaged in teacher development programmes with East London Teaching School Hub. With over 750 teachers learning together as trainee teachers, Early Career Teachers, mentors or on specialist and leadership NPQ programmes with us, there are fantastic opportunities for colleagues to connect with each other across the region. I am fortunate to be a facilitator on both our NPQ Leading Teacher Development and NPQ Senior Leadership programmes, and I am constantly humbled by participants' passion, professionalism and commitment to securing excellent outcomes for all the young people in our care. 

In this edition you will find important updates on our existing programmes as well as a range of new and exciting opportunities for the summer and autumn term:

  1. Updates on NPQs and did you know, there are 2 new NPQs for 2022-23?
  2. Updates for mentors and Induction Tutors working with ELTSH on the Early Career Framework Full Induction Programme
  3. Updates on our ECT Appropriate Body services 
  4. Summer series of online workshops for Secondary Teachers: 'Fetch Me a Pen – Developing students’ ability in academic literacy and writinng. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!
  5. Train to teach with LETTA
  6. Updates from our local Curriculum Hubs
  7. Information from subject associations
As always, do get in touch with us at if you have any questions and don't forget to visit our website for more information.
Best wishes
Ruth Smith
Director of ELTSH

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1. National Professional Qualifications updates - two new NPQs for 2022-23!

This term, 156 participants from across East London have signed up to complete Specialist and Leadership National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) with East London Teaching School Hub. They join over 100 teachers who were part of the first cohort to begin an NPQ with us in November. Participants tell us they really value learning with and from their colleagues from across the region in groups facilitated by our team of senior leaders with expertise in inner city schools. 

Two new NPQs will be added to the suite of qualifications for 2022-23:
Applications for these new qualifications, along with the existing suite of specialist and leadership NPQs, will open later in the summer term. However, if you are interested in completing an NPQ with us in the autumn term, do get in contact with us at -  we're more than happy to discuss your options with you!

2. Update for Mentors and Induction Tutors working with ELTSH on the Early Career Framework Full Induction Programme

We were really pleased to welcome over thirty more ECTs and mentors onto the programme in January. We are now working with over 540 ECTs and mentors across Tower Hamlets and Hackney.  If you have information about new ECTs and mentors who will be joining the programme next term, please see our registration steps to ensure they have a smooth start to the programme. 
Last week mentors across the hub met in online learning communities to develop thinking about finding the appropriate balance between support and challenge in their work with ECTs. We know the best mentors vary their approach and are highly responsive to the ECTs they are working with, whilst remembering that challenge is part of learning! 90% (or 155) of the ECTs working on our programme rated the quality of their mentor sessions in schools as 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5) in our most recent survey. 
  • Early Career Teachers: In a couple of weeks' time (w/b 28th March) we are looking forward to working with ECTs who are continuing to think about refining the adaptive teaching strategies to include all the learners they work with, whilst also managing their workload
  •  Drop-ins and support for Induction Tutors and Mentors: As part of our ongoing support to Induction Tutors and mentors we are holding optional online informal drop-ins sessions for Induction Tutors and Mentors working with us on:
  1. Thursday 21st April 10:30-11:30 am and 4-5:30 pm Induction Tutor Drop-in including intro to Module 4 4:30 pm. 
  2. Thursday 18th May 10:30- 11:30 am and 4-5:30 pm Mentor Meet*
  3. Thursday 23rd June 10:30-11:30 am and 4-5:30 pm Induction Tutor Drop-in including a focus on AB Formal Assessments at 4:45 -5:30 pm. *This is an optional additional session for mentors. The next session as part of the ECF programme is w/b 13th June. 

You may find our Frequently Asked Questions and our Induction Tutor guidance summary helpful. We have also updated our check-list for Induction Tutors to help you ensure that you have everything in place. 

You can email us at and our central hub team are available by phone during term time 0207 790 6327. 

3. ELTSH Appropriate Body services:

ELTSH is providing Appropriate Body Services for over 130 ECTs!

Thank you to all the Induction Tutors and ECTs who have recently completed this term's Progress Review and legacy NQT assessments. We are looking forward to reviewing each of these to learn more about ECT development in schools and how we can support this. 

Next term, Induction Tutors will complete the first formal assessment for ECTs, due Tuesday 5th July. We will share guidance on this in our next AB Bulletin after the Easter break.

The optional online drop-in session on June 23rd 4:45-5:30 pm (see above for link) will include the opportunity to seek advice or support in preparation for these assessments. 

Quick Reminder : all ECTs should be registered with an Appropriate Body (and the Teacher Regulation Agency) for statutory induction. 

Please do get in touch with us at if you need help or advice in registering ECTs. You can also find out more information in our new website

4. Professional Learning Opportunity for Secondary Teachers: 
'Fetch Me a Pen – Developing students’ ability in academic literacy and writing



Do you want your students to develop an authentic and original academic voice? Would you like the process of writing to be taught and learnt more successfully in subject areas and across your whole school? Do pupils’ academic reading and writing skills need extra attention following the disruption of the pandemic?
Established in 2013, the Fetch Me a Pen (FMaP) project has proven success in increasing teacher and student confidence, knowledge and skills in academic literacy and writing, working with over 20 schools and 100 teachers since it began. 
The East London Teaching School Hub will be offering a four-session FMaP programme during the Summer term. Teachers will be given an understanding of features and principles of academic writing, tools to identify areas for improvement in pupils’ writing, and approaches and strategies that have a significant positive impact on student writing.

All sessions will be online and recordings of the sessions will be made available to course participants allowing for colleagues to engage with the material synchronously and asynchronously.

Programme fee:

£100 per participant for Hackney and Tower Hamlets state schools*. 
£250 per participant for all other schools 

*East London Teaching School Hub is subsidizing the programme for Hackney and Tower Hamlets schools. 

If you are thinking of enrolling more than one participant on the programme, do get in contact with us as we may be able to offer discounted rates for additional participants.

Click here to book your place.
Participant testimonies for Fetch Me a Pen:
“Students’ writing is so transformed. It’s crystal clear how much their writing has improved so quickly. They say to me, ‘I feel so smart when I write like this.’ They feel really empowered by it.”
“This is invaluable training and I can see that colleagues from school who have been involved are using these strategies. If only all teachers could take part.”

Session 1 - Thursday 9th June 2022: 4.00pm – 5.00pm via Zoom

  • What do we mean by academic writing and academic literacy?
  • What issues do our students encounter when moving from talk to writing in the classroom?

Session 2 - Tuesday 14th June 2022: 4.00pm – 5.00pm via Zoom

  • What do we mean by ‘structure’ in writing, and how do we support this?
  • How do we give students the tools to think and write analytically and critically?

Session 3 - Thursday 23rd June 2022: 4.00pm – 5.00pm via Zoom

  • How do we use a cycle for teaching writing in our classrooms and departments?
  • How can slowing down writing speed up thinking and improve student work?

Session 4 – Tuesday 28th June 2022: 4.00pm – 5.00pm via Zoom

  • How do we establish priorities for teaching writing in our departments?
  • How do we structure and carry out an ‘action research’ approach to improving writing?
  • How do you and your colleagues work towards a department-wide approach to academic writing?
Click here to book your place.


5.Train to teach with LETTA

The London East Teacher Training Alliance (LETTA) is a SCITT providing ITT primary places.  We offer 3-7, 5-11 and 7-14 courses with specialisms in SEND and mathematics. Our partner ITT schools are all based in East London.  

We offer:
  • An outstanding and ambitious teacher training programme
  • An opportunity to learn ‘on the job’ for the whole year of the course
  • An extended support network of experienced teachers and mentors
  • The opportunity for trainees to gain a PGCE with 60 Masters credits with our partner, Sheffiled Hallam University
  • Personalised learning
  • A programme of mentor development and support for this key role
We are currently recruiting for 2022/23. Further information can be found on our website and  
Spring term highlights
At LETTA we have a range of internationally recognised expert facilitators on our programme. During the spring term, we had a session with Shirley Clarke looking at formative assessment and Dr Rob Long looking at behaviour.
Contact details
If you wish to have further communication with us about becoming involved and supporting trainees to become outstanding teachers, do email or phone 0207538 4925  and ask for a member of the LETTA team.  You can follow us on twitter @letta_training


6. Updates from our local Curriculum Hubs:

**Please make sure you are looking at the information for the curriculum hub that works with your borough** 

For Hackney schools:



The New Wave English Hub is committed to providing support and training on:
  • Early Language Development
  • Age appropriate phonics provision
  • Promoting a love of reading 
We are based at Grazebrook Primary School in Hackney. As a Hub we are passionately committed to improve the educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged pupils. 

In the first half of Summer term we are providing free webinar training on:
Improving Interactions in EYFS (3 sessions) 
Making the most of your environment, supporting your EYFS team and practising interaction strategies. 
Embedding Decodable Reading Practice 
The principles of decodable reading, embedding regular practice and supporting the lowest 20%. 
If you would like to find out more and sign up for these sessions please visit:

For Tower Hamlets schools:

New Opportunities at London South East Plus Maths Hub.

The London South East Plus Maths Hub is currently seeking to develop new Local Leaders of Maths Education.

  • Are you passionate about Maths Education? 
  • Are you an experienced teacher or leader of Maths?
  • Are you experienced at leading professional development or would like the opportunity to develop in this area?
Apply by 20th May 2022 to secure your place!

Recruitment is now open for:

  1. Primary Mastery Specialists
  2. Secondary Mastery Specialists
  3. Professional Development Leads
  4. School Development Leads

Primary Mastery Specialist Programme Click here for more information about the Primary Mastery Specialist Programme, including funding and release time. Click here to apply. 

Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme Click here for more information about the Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme, including funding and release time. Click here to apply. 

Professional Development Lead Programme Click here for more information about the Professional Development Lead Programme, including funding and release time. Click here to apply. 

School Development Lead Programme Click here for more information about the School Development Lead Programme, including funding and release time. Click here to apply. 

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Secondary Mastery Specialist, Professional Development Lead or School Development Lead?

Join us on 22nd March, 3:45 - 4:30

Register here
Secondary maths teachers and leaders, join our Secondary Assistant Maths Hub Leads, Aidan Gollaglee and Gemma Brittle to find out more about becoming a Mastery Specialist, Professional Development Lead or School Development Lead. We will also introduce you to the NCETM’s Five Big Ideas, discuss Teaching for Mastery and answer your questions and queries along the way. The session won’t be recorded, so we would encourage you to join us live.


7. Information from subject associations:


Are you an ECT in secondary Religious Education? If so, NATRE’s New2RE programme is just for you!

New2RE is designed to support you in the first two years of your career and help you to develop your subject knowledge, your repertoire of teaching strategies and confidence as a teacher of RE. The programme will be tailored to the needs of each teacher and be designed to complement and enhance the provision your school provides for your Early Career.

Learn about New2RE here

The next FREE webinar will be held online on Monday, March 28th between 7 and 8.30pm. Contact for further information.

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