On Tuesday 19th July 2022, we were delighted to be joined by Minister Will Quince, Minister of State for Schools Standards, who wanted to learn more about how East London Teaching School Hub works and the impact of our teacher development programmes to date.
We emphasised our commitment to working in collaboration with local partnerships, schools, leaders and teachers to provide a professional learning offer that meets the needs of all our learners. We also highlighted that Hackney and Tower Hamlets has a rich history of high-quality grass-roots professional development and how East London Teaching School Hub wanted to draw together these expertise for the benefit of all our schools and children when implementing the roll out of the ECF and NPQs.
The minister was particularly impressed by our inclusive approach and how we are working hard to contextualise ECF material, for example, to meet the specific needs of different phases, settings and subject-specialisms.
Minister Quince met with our central team, strategic partner representatives, facilitators, trainees and ECTs whom all talked about the positive impact of our teacher development programmes on their practice, the benefits of mentors and facilitators who are experts in inner city education and how working with East London Teaching School Hub provides them with a supportive peer network.
The visit ended with Minister Quince meeting with a group of students. They talked passionately about the high quality teaching they experience and the positive and supporting relationships they have with their teachers.
East London Teaching School Hub exists to change lives as a result of the highest quality teacher development opportunities we offer so it was wonderful that Minister Quince got to hear from students and teachers first-hand how we are achieving this.