Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance (East London)

Why train with us?

The Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance comprises a network of schools which serve the East London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

Led by Sydney Russell, an Outstanding secondary school, Warren Juniors, an outstanding primary school and in partnership with Partnership London SCITT (Secondary) and Goldsmiths University (Primary), the Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance offers you a fantastic school based opportunity to train in a supportive and aspirational environment.

Our staff are excellent practitioners with outstanding behaviour management skills and we are eager to support and train the next generation of teachers.

Our alliance includes Primary, Secondary 11-18 and a Special School. They are conveniently located and you will have the unique opportunity to experience more than one school, age range and sector.  We have successfully worked with trainee teachers for many years and offer you outstanding practical teacher training leading to QTS with the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This is truly an exceptional opportunity.

Our accrediting partner for the secondary phase, Partnership London SCITT (PLS), is ‘Inspiring today’s learners to be tomorrow’s leaders’.  With PLS we very much see teaching as a vocation and in this light we aim to recognise and respond sensitively to the talents and needs of every trainee teacher and provide the best means of developing their full potential.

We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best teachers for our context of London and Essex.  A key part of our philosophy is that we ensure equality of opportunity and welcome, value and respect all who train with us.

We aim to build a learning community based on justice and a sense of personal responsibility.  Central to our philosophy is promoting dialogue and cooperation with the wider community and encouraging, in all our trainees, a commitment to life-long learning.






What are the benefits of a School centred course?

You will be joining an Outstanding school and its partners and from the outset you will be working with staff who have a proven record of training and professional development. Life in schools is busy and you will be given the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the teacher’s role. You will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to become a skilful, innovative and reflective teacher. We will provide practical training underpinned by theoretical research.

About this course

Core philosophy of the programme

Our core philosophy is to train the next generation of teachers to inspire, motivate and challenge our children.  We will work with you to build a solid foundation from which you can embark upon a rewarding career. We work to create an environment in which teachers and students thrive and feel valued and supported. Parents, teachers and children need excellent teachers in schools and our purpose is to provide them!

The Teaching Experience

Our trainees will engage with a range of schools of varying contexts to develop their practice. There will be a wealth of opportunities available. You will engage in focussed observations, professional study, subject workshops and importantly, time will be made available for reflection and planning. You will also work closely with your Subject Mentor, an Outstanding practitioner, to develop pedagogy and subject knowledge.

The Lesson Model

Our trainees join us from day one of the academic year and from the very beginning are treated as part of a team and attend staff meetings and training days. Our staff are our most valuable asset and we work hard to create an environment in which they feel supported and valued.

Your time in school will be sent working alongside your Subject Mentor and other appropriate staff. During the autumn and summer term you will be based at one of the schools in our partnership but during the spring term you will complete a placement in another of our partner schools.  Through a process of joint preparation, observation and reflection you will develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy across all relevant key stages.


Professional Experience Sessions    

To consolidate and deepen the classroom experience our trainees regularly receive a formal school based training programme delivered by experts in each field, from across the schools within our Partnership. The training sessions take into consideration and build upon prior experiences and learning.

About this course provider

For further information on all the partners please check out their websites below:

Albany School  http://www.thealbany.biz/

Dagenham Park School  http://www.dp.bardaglea.org.uk/wp/

Eastbury School  http://www.eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk/

Jo Richardson School  http://www.jrcs.bardaglea.org.uk/

Riverside School http://riversidecampus.co.uk/

St Angela’s Ursuline http://www.stangelas-ursuline.co.uk


Not available at present.

Child Care Facilities    

There is a private nursery attached to some of the schools in our partnership. Application details can be provided on request.

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Disability Access

Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance has full access for people with disabilities.

Public Transport

Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance schools are easily accessible by public transport.

Special Features

The course is a school-led training programme that allows trainees to train and work within a school environment from the outset of their training. Led by an outstanding school we have a commitment to training the next generation of teachers through exposing trainees to the best practice across our partnership of schools. We also provide the unique opportunity to experience working in a special School.

Telephone Number  

020 8270 4333



Where to find us

Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance

Sydney Russell School

Parsloes Avenue


Essex RM9 5QT

Entry Profile

Entry Requirements:

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1 though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.

You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths

What are we looking for?

The Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance is looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. We would expect candidates to have had previous experience of working with young people. This does necessarily have to have been paid employment. It would be an advantage if you have worked in a school or completed some classroom observations

How we select our trainees:       

The lead schools within the Partnership Learning Teaching School Alliance, along with their accrediting partners, co-ordinate the recruitment processes for their phases: Warren Junior School for the Primary phase and Sydney Russell School for the Secondary phase.

The selection day will involve a series of tasks including subject knowledge and literacy, a formal interview and a taught lesson observation.