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Teaching School


On behalf of the Thames Teaching Alliance (TTA)


I am sure you are already aware that the teaching school hub programme will create a network of 87 centres of excellence for teacher training and development. With the advent of this programme, the existing network of approximately 750 teaching schools will end in August 2021. Sadly, this includes the Thames Teaching Alliance for which we are the lead school. From September 2021, all activity as a teaching school and NQT Appropriate Body will cease. The GLP are exploring ways to continue to support our colleagues at this very vital, early stage of their career as part of the Early Careers Framework.


This has an impact on many areas of the Thames Teaching Alliance and Gravesham Learning Partnerships combined endeavours to support young people and colleagues across Gravesham. Because of the collaborative spirit shared between headteachers, the GLP will be able to continue to facilitate school to school support and provide high quality CPD, using existing and new partnerships.


Sadly, despite exploring various options, it is with regret that as of September 2021, the teaching school and its subsequent ability to recruit teachers to school-based routes, such as School Direct will cease. 

What does this mean in practice?


  • All UCAS courses run by the TTA have been closed as of 30.03.21.  We are unable to recruit for you from this point. 
  • We would ask that any TTA recruitment branding is removed from your school and your school website.

Outlined below are some of the different options available to you and your future students.

Thank you to Laura Bunny of Gravesend Grammar School for exploring the following options.

Some of the options are:

a) The Kent and Medway Training SCITT, being run from the new Teaching School Hub, known as The Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub. This is led by the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, part of the Leigh Academy Trust, and is our most local provision. The Gravesham Learning Partnership is a strategic partner of the organisation. You should contact Stuart Russell at . He will advise from there. 

b) If you have had a School Direct student teacher with Canterbury Christchurch University, you can remain with the university if you wish to. Your lead school will change to one from the EKLA partnership, based in East Kent. Your next step is to contact Tanya Barwick on expressing your desire to become an EKLA partner school. 

c) If you would like a teacher apprentice with the University of Brighton, please contact Brighton directly. They will advise on your next steps.

We would like to thank you all for working together so productively as a partnership for so many years.  We have trained upwards of 200 teachers over ten years, of whom 86% are still in the profession. This is a retention rate far above the average for providers.  Thank you to Gravesend Grammar School staff for leading this strand of the teaching school’s responsibilities so well and with such dedication across the years.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Denise Danielsen, Jemma Hollingsworth, Mary Muro and all the colleagues who have given their time to oversee the work of the Teaching School as part of the Thames Teaching Alliance Strategic Board.

  • Ofsted Outstanding
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2012/2013
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2010/2011
  • The Cedar Federation
  • SEN Specialist Schools
  • Sport England
  • Healthy Schools
  • International School Award
  • Thames Teaching Alliance
  • Kent County Council
  • Ifield Smile
  • iNet
  • Financial Management Standard in Schools
  • Olympic & Paralympic Values
  • RFS